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It’s day ten of the Ontario election and Ontario’s main party leaders are campaigning in the southern part of the province again today.
Yesterday on the campaign trail, The Green Party unveiled its costed platform, focusing on the climate crisis with a $65-billion investment. Ontario’s NDP say if elected they’ll expand access to safe injection and consumption sites, increase detox beds and call on the federal government to decriminalize illicit drugs in an effort to combat the opioid crisis. Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford expressed his support for his candidate Stephen Lecce, a day after the former education minister apologized for participating in a “slave auction” during his time as a fraternity leader in university.
Here’s where the leaders of Ontario’s main political parties are today:
Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford
Doug Ford is in Windsor, where he’s expected to make an announcement at 9:30 a.m. this morning.
The Ontario Progressive Conservatives are touting a plan to accelerate new electricity transmission lines to southwestern Ontario. Ford says his government secured several large auto investments over the past four years, including a Stellantis-LG electric vehicle battery plant in Windsor that is set to be operational by 2025.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
Andrea Horwath is in Chatham-Kent this morning to announce a plan aiming to help seniors stay in their homes longer, and then makes a campaign stop in Stratford at the Milky Whey Fine Cheese Shop.
The NDP made an announcement on rent control, saying they would prevent landlords from increasing rent between leases.
Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca
Steven Del Duca is in the Greater Toronto Area for the second straight day and is set to make an announcement on the cost of living at 9 a.m. Later in the day, he heads to Barrie for a meet-and-greet at 6 p.m.
The Liberals pledge to reinstate rent control as it existed before the 2018 election as part of the party’s housing plank in their election platform. Before the Progressive Conservatives took power in 2018, landlords could only raise rent at a set rate each year during a lease, usually between 0.5 and 3 per cent. Del Duca says this contributed to making housing less affordable and a Liberal government would bring back the old system.
Green party Leader Mike Schreiner
Mike Schreiner has multiple events in Guelph, including an announcement on ending legislated poverty at 9:30 a.m., a visit with the Guelph mayor, and a visit to the Muslim Society of Guelph. He will end the day in attendance at a Huntington’s Disease Awareness event at 9:30 p.m.