Wynne Liberals continue to fail families struggling to put a roof over their head: NDP

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In question period on Tuesday, Toronto-Danforth NDP MPP Peter Tabuns said that Kathleen Wynne missed the opportunity to ease the affordable housing crisis, choosing instead to place developers ahead of everyday families. 

“Families are being priced out of their neighbourhoods and many have lost hope that they can afford to raise their children in the communities they call home,” said Tabuns. “Premier Wynne had the opportunity to ease this affordable housing crisis with inclusionary zoning and set aside an adequate number of residential developments to become affordable housing, but instead the premier decided to cap the number of affordable units to just five per cent – compared to the 30 per cent recommended by experts.”

In the final days of 2017, Kathleen Wynne quietly revealed long-awaited inclusionary zoning regulations—setting aside a portion of residential developments to be affordably-priced homes—but Wynne’s toothless proposal let Ontario families down. Rental units were excluded and the number of affordable units allowed to be created was capped at just five per cent in most cases. Wynne catered to developers by forcing municipalities to pay 40 per cent of the costs for affordable units.

Following Wynne’s announcement, 60 housing and poverty advocacy organizations called for major changes to the regulations.

“Only New Democrats are committed to strengthening inclusionary zoning and repairing our crumbling social housing units,” said Tabuns. “Toronto families need action on affordable housing now, not more developer friendly regulations from a government that continues to let us down.”

“Will the minister commit to removing the cap on affordable housing units now, so that Toronto’s families can have an affordable place to live?”

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Wynne Liberals continue to fail families struggling to put a roof over their head: NDP

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Wynne Liberals continue to fail families struggling to put a roof over their head: NDP

In question period on Tuesday, Toronto-Danforth NDP MPP Peter Tabuns said that Kathleen Wynne missed the opportunity to ease the affordable housing crisis, choosing instead to place developers ahead of everyday families. 

“Families are being priced out of their neighbourhoods and many have lost hope that they can afford to raise their children in the communities they call home,” said Tabuns. “Premier Wynne had the opportunity to ease this affordable housing crisis with inclusionary zoning and set aside an adequate number of residential developments to become affordable housing, but instead the premier decided to cap the number of affordable units to just five per cent – compared to the 30 per cent recommended by experts.”

In the final days of 2017, Kathleen Wynne quietly revealed long-awaited inclusionary zoning regulations—setting aside a portion of residential developments to be affordably-priced homes—but Wynne’s toothless proposal let Ontario families down. Rental units were excluded and the number of affordable units allowed to be created was capped at just five per cent in most cases. Wynne catered to developers by forcing municipalities to pay 40 per cent of the costs for affordable units.

Following Wynne’s announcement, 60 housing and poverty advocacy organizations called for major changes to the regulations.

“Only New Democrats are committed to strengthening inclusionary zoning and repairing our crumbling social housing units,” said Tabuns. “Toronto families need action on affordable housing now, not more developer friendly regulations from a government that continues to let us down.”

“Will the minister commit to removing the cap on affordable housing units now, so that Toronto’s families can have an affordable place to live?”

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Southwest campaign warm-up with Andrea Horwat

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Join Andrea Horwath and your London area NDP candidates as we get ready for the most important election in a generation. 

New Democrats have a plan that offers hope. A plan to move Ontario forward. A plan to deliver change for the better. 

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Only NDP will offer Ontarians change for the better: Horwath

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Conservatives no replacement for tired, disappointing Liberals

At the start of the final session of the legislature before the election, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says only her party offers an alternative to the disappointing and worn-out Liberals. With the Conservatives bent on cutting billions in services, and now deep in a leadership crisis, Horwath said that the coming session and election won’t just be about change – it’ll be about change for the better.

“Over the next few weeks, you’ll see the Liberals offering up desperate, last-ditch promises to try and convince people to settle for them one more time. And you’ll see a Conservative party asking folks to settle for their party, despite their leadership crisis, nomination controversies, and their plan to cut billions from the services we all count on,” said Horwath. 

“We don’t have to accept cuts. We don’t have to keep watching our health care system being squeezed, and our hydro bills going up. This election can be about not just change, but change for the better – and that’s what I’m focused on.”

Horwath says Ontarians deserve a leader whose plans offer hope.

Among the plans she and NDP have released is a plan for pharmacare for all, a prescription drug plan that covers everyone regardless of age or income; a plan for tackling the overcrowding and long waits in health care and hospitals; a plan to root out the problems in seniors care with a find-and-fix inquiry; and a plan to bring Hydro One back into public hands so hydro bills come down, and stay down.

“Ontarians shouldn’t have these painfully long waits for care. No one should have to cut their pills in half to make the bottle last longer. No family should have to worry about the safety of their loved ones in long-term care,” said Horwath. “So, let’s put plans into action that will deliver change for the better. Let’s get good things done.”

   

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Conservatives no replacement for tired, disappointing Liberals

At the start of the final session of the legislature before the election, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says only her party offers an alternative to the disappointing and worn-out Liberals. With the Conservatives bent on cutting billions in services, and now deep in a leadership crisis, Horwath said that the coming session and election won’t just be about change – it’ll be about change for the better.

“Over the next few weeks, you’ll see the Liberals offering up desperate, last-ditch promises to try and convince people to settle for them one more time. And you’ll see a Conservative party asking folks to settle for their party, despite their leadership crisis, nomination controversies, and their plan to cut billions from the services we all count on,” said Horwath. 

“We don’t have to accept cuts. We don’t have to keep watching our health care system being squeezed, and our hydro bills going up. This election can be about not just change, but change for the better – and that’s what I’m focused on.”

Horwath says Ontarians deserve a leader whose plans offer hope.

Among the plans she and NDP have released is a plan for pharmacare for all, a prescription drug plan that covers everyone regardless of age or income; a plan for tackling the overcrowding and long waits in health care and hospitals; a plan to root out the problems in seniors care with a find-and-fix inquiry; and a plan to bring Hydro One back into public hands so hydro bills come down, and stay down.

“Ontarians shouldn’t have these painfully long waits for care. No one should have to cut their pills in half to make the bottle last longer. No family should have to worry about the safety of their loved ones in long-term care,” said Horwath. “So, let’s put plans into action that will deliver change for the better. Let’s get good things done.”

   

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