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Ontario election 2018 platform guide: Where the parties stand

Last Updated May 11, 2018 at 1:01 pm EDT

From left: Ontario party leaders Andrea Horwath, Kathleen Wynne and Doug Ford. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young; THE CANADIAN PRESS/The Globe and Mail/Fred Lum

Your complete guide to the issues at stake in Ontario’s 2018 provincial election. Check back as we update this guide all the way to election day.

Election day in Ontario—June 7—is fast approaching, and voters face a stark choice in the three main candidates. Kathleen Wynne and the governing Liberals are campaigning on the record of their 15 years in office and a budget plan that calls for a massive expansion of government spending and deficits. Andrea Horwath is taking the Ontario NDP into her third election as party leader by presenting the NDP as the real progressive choice for voters. Meanwhile Doug Ford, the newly-minted and maverick head of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party hopes to harness taxpayer outrage to propel his party to victory.

Yet sifting through the platforms to find where the parties stand on key issues can be daunting. To make that task easier, Maclean’s has assembled this live cheat sheet which we’ll update throughout the campaign.

NOTE: Much of the Liberal platform comes from the 2018 Ontario budget, while the NDP have posted their platform online. However, large parts of the Ontario PCs platform remain unknown since the party has not indicated which parts of former leader Patrick Brown’s People’s Guarantee platform are being retained. To that end, Maclean’s is piecing together Ford’s policy positions from press reports, party press releases and social media posts.

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Deficits

Taxes

Hydro

Health Care

Marijuana

Education

 

Read the full guide at Macleans.ca.