Building Ontario Up
In 2014, you elected a Liberal government that promised to build Ontario up.
You elected a government that promised to create jobs and growth, improve retirement security for workers and build the next generation of infrastructure. We promised to help families with the cost of living, enhance education and child care, improve access to health care and support clean and sustainable communities.
We kept our promises. Over the past four years we:
- Strengthened the economy, leading to the creation of hundreds of thousands of good jobs, the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years and economic growth that is leading the world’s strongest economic powers, including the US and Europe
- Led the way to Canada Pension Plan enhancements for Canadian workers
- Made historic investments in hospitals, schools, transit, roads and bridges
- Made university and college tuition more affordable for the middle class and completely free for 235,000 students
- Completed the implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten and increased high school graduation rates to 86.5 per cent
- Provided free prescription drugs to children and youth under 25 and shortened wait times to see specialists
- Increased the minimum wage to $15 an hour in January 2019
- Expanded rent control to protect tenants from unfair rent hikes
- Cut hydro rates by 25 per cent
- Ended coal generation, cleaned up our air and led the fight against climate change
We also introduced ground-breaking programs to combat sexual violence and harassment, welcomed thousands of Syrian refugees to Ontario and began the journey of reconciliation with our Indigenous peoples.
There is Still More to Do
Right now, our economy is growing and our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in almost two decades. But we are hearing from people that we need to do more. People in our province are dealing with a lot of uncertainty in their lives. Our world is changing in ways we’ve never seen before and at speeds that can make it feel hard to keep up. People are struggling to take care of themselves and their loved ones.
I believe government should be there for people who need help. It’s the reason why I entered public life. I believe the way we care for one another is our greatest strength — and government’s greatest responsibility.
That’s why, in this election, Ontario Liberals are focused on who we are fighting for. We are fighting for our children, our overworked moms and dads, our caregivers, our grandparents and our workers all across the province.
We are fighting for you.
So we’ve made a deliberate choice to invest in more care and opportunity.
We’re investing in more health care, more child care and more support for people where they tell us they are falling behind.
And we’re making sure people can take advantage of every opportunity to get a good job and get ahead during this period of economic change.
The Ontario Liberal Plan for Care and Opportunity
Our balanced plan lays out our vision for Ontario and builds on the solid foundation we’ve built over the last four years. It does not incur any additional costs that are not fully accounted for in the 2018 Ontario Budget. It includes our plan for:
- Care: Better access to child care, health and dental care, mental health care, seniors’ care and women’s health care, support for those with disabilities and income security reforms
- Opportunity: Helping students achieve their full potential, boosting apprenticeship and training, free college and university tuition for more students, a $15 minimum wage, record infrastructure investments, better retirement security and more jobs and opportunities to get ahead
- Making life more affordable: Help with the costs of caring for children and seniors and with household costs
- A green Ontario: Continuing to be a leader in the fight against climate change and protecting our water and natural spaces
- Vibrant and safe communities: Investments in arts and culture, justice reforms and promoting equity
- Northern Ontario: Investments in regional economic development, infrastructure and improved services
- Rural Ontario: Supporting farmers, investments to create jobs and opportunity and better services for rural communities
- Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples: Continuing our journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and working to remove the barriers they face
- Francophone communities: Investments in French-language education and strong francophone communities
- Better government: Easy-to-use online services and better customer service
On June 7, I hope you will choose to stand up and fight for your family, your friends, your neighbours and all the young people in Ontario who deserve a brighter future.
That’s who Ontario Liberals are fighting for. And if we stand together, we can continue to build a caring and strong province where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.
If there is any place in the world that can do it, it’s Ontario.
Right here. Right now.
Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party