NDP want to raise oil tax, spend it on social programs

The New Democratic Party released its election platform yesterday, a platform which would force oil companies to pay higher taxes to pay for broadened social services. Lorraine Michael has outlined 5 “pledges” or cornerstones of their platform which in total represent $142 million in new spending – $74 million of which she says will come from “efficiencies” and $68 million from a petroleum royalty surtax of three per cent. The NPD’s pledges are titled “meeting the health needs of people”, “making life more affordable now”, “supporting our seniors”, “giving our children an early start”, and “getting a fair deal for working people”. Stay tuned to The Independent for a full review of the NDP platform.

Source: CBC

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