This week’s guest commentary comes from Nathan Stevens of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario
The Ontario election is in full swing with the major political parties rolling out their platforms and trying to win the support of the Ontario electorate. The CFFO urges its members to explore what is being offered by each party and make an informed choice on June 12.
The Liberals are running a campaign based on heavy investment in Ontario with items like a $130 Billion over 10 years in infrastructure. For agriculture and agri-food, $40 million per year will be invested in the processing sector. There are also promises to reduce energy costs to a wide variety of constituents. And they will balance the budget in 2017-18.
The Progressive Conservatives are running on a platform that claims that they will be able to create one million jobs for average Ontarians. At the same time, the PC plan promises tight fiscal restraint in the near term to get to better times in the future, including an overhaul of several key sectors of the public service, making government both more affordable and deliver higher quality services. And they will balance the budget within 2 years.
The New Democratic Party is running on a platform to create jobs by focusing on middle-class Ontario. It will reward small businesses and attract manufacturing jobs back to Ontario. The NDP will invest in public transit. They will tighen up corporate tax loopholes while cutting taxes on small business. And they will balance the budget in 2017-18.
While there is only room to discuss three parties in this brief commentary, it is worth mentioning that there are many other parties running in the election, from the environmentally conscious Green Party, to the Family Coalition Party, to the Libertarian Party, to the Communist Party, to independents and others. Many of these smaller party candidates can only really be heard through attending an all candidates meetings.
From where I sit, one of the most valuable rights we have in Canada is the democratic choice to pick our political leaders. Apathy in the electorate reduces the accountability of our political leaders. Therefore, the CFFO urges everyone to learn more about what each party is offering and make an informed choice on June 12.