NDP 2011 Election Platform: GIVE FAMILIES A BREAK

You can count on practical results in my first 100 days as Prime Minister: Layton

New Democrat leader Jack Layton has released his party’s full platform – a practical, affordable plan to give families a break.

“The New Democrat plan is reasonable, affordable and focused on middle-class families and those being forgotten and left behind by the Harper Conservatives” says London-Fanshawe's Irene Mathyssen. “Canadians have already been waiting too long for a government that puts the Canadian people first. Our plan provides action right now to make life a little more affordable, to strengthen pensions, and to improve healthcare. ”

Unlike Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff, whose platforms were focused on vague unfunded promises several years away, Jack Layton and the New Democrat team promised immediate action in 5 key areas, all within 100 days of the election:

1. Hire more family doctors and nurses;

2. Strengthen public pensions;

3. Kick-start job creation by cutting small business taxes and offering targeted tax credits for companies that hire in Canada;

4. Help out the family budget by capping credit card fees, taking the federal sales tax off home heating and unlocking cell phones; and,

5. Commit to working with other parties to end the scandals and fix Ottawa for good.

To underline his message that only New Democrats can be trusted to deliver on their promises, Jack Layton personally signed copies of the platform for several participants in the town hall.

“As my mom and my dad taught me – a contract is only as good as the signature that’s on it,” Layton said. “I’ll get the job done. That’s my promise to you. And I’ll stake my name to it.”

"There is much in this platform that would address the needs of my constituents, the London community, and for the Canadian people. I am confident if Canadians compare the platforms, they will see that we are offering real Canadian leadership," Mathyssen said.

click here to view or download the full platform PDF file.