NDP to launch new party website today

By: The Canadian Press

 | May 15, 2014 - 10:07 AM |
TORONTO - The New Democrats launch a new party website today which was built with the help of Los Angeles-based software developer NationBuilder.

The website is integrated with the party's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts and will help the party track supporters, donors and volunteers.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath campaigns today in Toronto and Sarnia.

Progressive conservative Leader Tim Hudak will take his campaign to London, Breslau and Guelph, while Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne is in Walkerton and Waterloo.

The Tories offered more details of their plans Wednesday, saying how they'd eliminate the $12.5 billion deficit within two years and impose a wage freeze on public sector workers to help save $2 billion a year.

Hudak's plan to cut 100,000 public sector jobs in the first term of a Conservative government drew more attacks from his opponents. Wynne compared Hudak to Mike Harris, saying Hudak wanted to go the former premier "one better" by doubling the number of job cuts Harris made.

Horwath said "kicking 100,000 people out of work" is not the right way to go, but admitted there was waste and duplication across government and its agencies that she feels needs to be rooted out.

She said an NDP government would have eight fewer cabinet ministers, but a new position of Minister of Savings "to look after the pennies," and promised to reduce provincial spending by $600 million a year.

Wynne was endorsed earlier Wednesday by Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, who praised the Liberals efforts to work with municipalities and warned that the Conservatives' cuts would hurt local governments and the quality of life of residents.

McCallion also said she didn't know what the NDP's policies actually were, and expressed her distaste for another minority government in Ontario.

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