TORONTO-From class size reductions to the elimination of for-profit long-term care homes, to rebates for the purchase of electric vehicles: similar or similar promises abound on the platforms of the NDP and the Ontario Liberals, in a career where leaders have not yet. not working together.
In any case, the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Andrea Horwath, and the Liberal leader, Steven Del Duca, announced on Thursday that they would not support a minority Progressive Conservative government.
Polls suggest the Progressive Conservatives are close to re -election, but if they fail to get another majority, Ms Horwath and Mr Del Duca will have decisions to make. If they do not want to overthrow the government immediately, they can choose to support the other party that has won more seats, or cooperate with it in some form.
Mr. Del Duca said Thursday that he was willing to work on a minority government scenario with any party that shared his priorities, such as investing in public education and care for the elderly.
“Doug Ford cannot lead this province. That doesn’t mean there may not be people here in my community who can vote Conservative in the past and can share my desire to invest in public education. If that is the case – and I believe it is – then I am willing to work with anyone who wants smaller class size and financial dignity, and a revolution in aged care and a plan to combat the climate crisis.
While in Vaughan on Thursday, Del Duca spoke about plans to limit class size to 20 students for all grades and hire 10,000 additional teachers.
“Liberals have 15 years”
The New Democrats, for their part, have notably pledged in education terms to limit classes from 4th to 8th grade to 24 students, and will hire 20,000 teachers and education workers. .
Ms. refused. Horwath to think on Thursday if he can work with Mr Del Duca-he is campaigning to become prime minister to prioritize the public education system.
“Whatever Steven Del Duca says now, he’s 15 to make sure we have smaller classes, and the Liberals refused to do that,” he said, referring to the Liberal government in 2003 to 2018, if where Mr. served. Del Duca as minister for several years.
The Liberals have not yet released their full platform, but education does not stop at the similarity of the promises of the two parties.
Both pledged to cancel plans to build Highway 413, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030, achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, expand the protected “Green Belt,” which offering rebates for electric vehicles, planting millions of trees, removing para- earning long-term care homes, increasing beneficiary attendant salaries, fully covering medicines for prevent and treat HIV, and repeal “Bill 124”, which limited wage increases in the public and parapublic sectors.
They both promised, among other things, to appoint a minister for the fight against racism, to implement the pay transparency law, to put in law 10 days of paid sick leave, to raise the minimum wage. and allow workers in the “gig. economy” to be treated as employees, among others.
Voters did not scan platforms
Colin MacDonald, director of public affairs firm Navigator and former Liberal staffer, said most voters don’t spend their days browsing the platforms. “It largely depends on how the leaders behave, the professionalism and quality of the campaign, the candidates, and the track record of delivery and effectiveness, whether in government or in opposition.”, He argued.
Voters also base their decisions on certain issues that matter most to them, the likelihood of a party acting on those priorities, or which party seems most likely to overthrow a government they don’t like. , said Mr. MacDonald.
Both the NDP and the Liberals have focused their messages on this last point: they are telling voters that they are the only ones who can defeat Doug Ford. The New Democrats point out that they are ahead in terms of incumbents, while Liberals say that historically they are more likely to win an election.
Not natural for liberals
The platform similarities are unlikely to be due to some sort of calculated step toward a possible coalition, said Karl Baldauf, vice president of McMillan Vantage Policy Group. And for Mr. Del Duca, it may be useless to consider this kind of scenario, he said.
“An NDP-led coalition, which Liberals are likely to take seriously, I think will present a generational challenge for the Ontario Liberal Party: be a junior partner,” said Mr. Baldauf, a former staff member. . progressive-conservative.
During his campaign on Thursday, Mr Ford said voters would have a clear choice on June 2 “between a government that does things, or that builds-more-roads, hospitals, schools, in all fields, which returns money to people’s pockets, which creates hundreds of thousands of jobs. ”
“The other choice is to sit there and see what happened for 15 years: they destroyed our province. They talk, talk, talk, they make committee after committee, meeting after meeting. Did nothing.”