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Ontario PCs Unveil Platform

Regional | by Matt Hermiz  

Patrick Brown vows to not seek second mandate if elected and five key promises not met

More than six months before Ontarians head to the polls, the province's Progressive Conservative Party has unveiled its election platform.

PC leader Patrick Brown delivered the 78-page pitch that includes nearly 150 campaign pledges to a group of party supporters in Toronto Saturday afternoon. The platform is called "The People's Guarantee" and includes five key promises that Brown vows to fulfill if elected, committing to not seek a second mandate if they're not met.

Those key points are:

-Up to a 75% refund on child care costs
-An additional 12% more off hydro bills
-A 22.5% tax cut for middle class
-New funding for mental health totaling $1.9-billion
-Enacting the province's first Trust, Accountability and Integrity Act

Among the many other pledges included in the PC plan are 15,000 new long-term care beds in five years, a $500 tax credit for drivers buying winter tires and $5-billion in new funding for Toronto subway construction.

The Progressive Conservatives will scrap the cap and trade program in favour of a carbon tax, with Brown's PCs promising to return all carbon tax revenue in the form of income tax cuts. The Green Energy Act would also be cancelled.

"The People's Guarantee" will run a projected fiscal deficit of $2.8-billion in 2018-19. Balanced books are forecast in 2019-20.

The Liberal Party has been in power in Ontario since 2003.

The 42nd Ontario general election is June 7, 2018.

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