Ontario Election 2022: Leaders to make announcements on housing, education, jobs and climate

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The race for Queen’s Park has officially begun and Postmedia is here to provide full coverage ahead of the June 2 vote. Our daily live blog will keep you up to date with the latest happenings in the election campaign as party leaders scour the province for votes.

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The Conservative leader will be in Bowmanville to make an announcement Friday morning, and in Oshawa and Durham Region for other campaign stops and canvassing. He will also meet virtually with the mayors of major cities.

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca, meanwhile, is in Kitchener Friday morning to release his party’s educational platform, after which he will meet virtually with the caucus of big city mayors.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will be in the Golden Horseshoe on Friday, with an announcement at 9:15 a.m. in Burlington where she will talk about her party’s plan to make homes more affordable, followed by a meeting with the mayors’ caucus of the major cities in the province.

She will also visit a brewery in Burlington, then travel to Brampton in the afternoon, where she will announce plans to expand health services there.

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Green Party leader Mike Schreiner will be in the London area on Friday, where he is expected to make announcements on jobs and climate change.

His first event of the day, however, is a virtual meeting at 8:30 a.m. with the Big City Mayors Caucus, after which he will report to a London veterinary hospital equipped with a solar metering system, where he will make a climate/advisory announcement. jobs. He will visit the installation, then leave to canvass. That evening, he will be in Caledon with Dufferin-Caledon candidate Laura Campbell to speak at a Stop the 413 rally.

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The Ontario Liberals unveiled their education platform on Friday, saying they will offer an optional Grade 13, reduce class sizes and place 1,000 more mental health professionals in schools to help students cope with the effects emotions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca made the announcement in Kitchener, saying the reintroduction of Grade 13, a four-year pilot project, will provide students with the opportunity to spend more time in required post-secondary education courses. It would also allow students to catch up on a lot of time during the pandemic and add new courses, including those on personal finance, civics, mental health and wellness.

The plan also calls for a cap of 20 students per class, the construction of 200 new schools, the hiring of 10,000 teachers and 5,000 other special education workers. It would also expand the student nutrition plan, end streaming and EQAO tests, the latter to be replaced by a new assessment strategy, and eliminate the requirement for students to obtain two online credits before graduating.

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“The Ford Conservatives slashed education budgets by $1.3 billion last year, further compounding the brutal effects of the pandemic on our students,” Del Duca said. “The Ontario Liberals have chosen to invest in helping students fill gaps in their education, ensuring that the impact of the pandemic does not leave a permanent mark on their future.

The NDP updated its housing platform on Friday, promising to encourage the construction of 1.5 million new affordable homes over the next decade, including starter homes and rental units.

Chief Andrea Horwath made the announcement in Burlington on Friday, saying New Democrats would end exclusionary zoning and update policies for growth in walkable and transit-friendly neighborhoods, and establish Housing Ontario , which would finance and build at least 250,000 affordable, non-market rental units. houses in the next 10 years.

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Horwath also reaffirmed his party’s commitment to protecting tenants from abuse and ensuring tenants can return to apartments after renovations, without rent increases.

“For years Liberals and Conservatives have made life more expensive,” Horwath said, “partly by letting speculators drive our housing out of control. And Doug Ford favoring his developer buddies will only make matters worse. Building big highways to big mansions that no one can afford won’t help anyone afford a home.

Ontario Conservative Leader Doug Ford was in Bowmanville on Friday, touting the party’s promise to expand GO train service in Durham Region with four new stations.

The Conservatives say they will invest $730 million to provide all-day GO service to Bowmanville, with additional stops at Thirnton’s Corners East, Ritson Road and Courtice.
The expansion, Ford says, along with plans for Highway 413 and the Bradford Overpass, and the removal of tolls on Highways 412 and 418, will help families save time and money.

According to the Liberals, Party Leader Steven Del Duca approved the GO train expansion in Bowmanville when he was transport minister in 2016, and the Conservatives delayed it.

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With files from The Canadian Press

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