Ontario election agenda: What you need to know for March 19

The New Democrats have unveiled the election priorities that will form the core of their platform — including free prescriptions and dental care for all Ontarians
By Daniel Kitts - Published on Mar 19, 2018
The NDP’s priorities include turning government student loans into grants that don’t need to be repaid and returning Hydro One to full public ownership. (Chris Donovan/CP)

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​Here’s our daily look at what’s making news in the lead-up to the next provincial election.

Update: 1:15 p.m.

  • The Liberal government’s new throne speech is out, promising more money for home care, child care and health care – including an expansion of the OHIP+ drug coverage plan covering people under 25 “to include other parts of the population.” And, perhaps in response to the NDP’s plan to create a public dental coverage plan, the speech said that “more people without a drug or dental benefits plan will have access to more affordable prescription drugs and dental care.”
  • The NDP has added details to the dental coverage plan it announced Saturday. The program would cost $1.2 billion a year and has two components: coverage for all workers in the province, whether full-time, part-time, independent, contract or freelance that would cost an estimated $575 million; and $670 million to extend publicly funded dental plans to make sure every senior has coverage.

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