TORONTO – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced Saturday that when she’s elected premier, she’ll implement Dental Care for Everyone – a plan that will ensure every person in Ontario has access to dental care without the cost.
“Every three minutes in Ontario, someone visits a doctor’s office or emergency room to get care for a dental problem,” said Horwath. “No one in Ontario should have to live in pain, or deal with the lifelong damage of going without dental care. No one should have to rack up credit card bills just to get the dental care they need for themselves – or for their kids. That’s why I’m committed to a plan that includes everyone – all workers, people receiving social assistance, seniors and children.”
Horwath’s plan will mean 4.5 million Ontarians that have no coverage now will have dental benefits.
Announced to a crowd of hundreds of enthusiastic supporters in downtown Toronto Saturday, Horwath revealed the dental plan as one of five major changes for the better she will deliver as premier. They are:
- Providing drug and dental coverage for all Ontarians
- Ending hallway medicine and fixing seniors care
- Cutting hydro bills 30 per cent by bringing Hydro One back into public hands
- Taking on student debt by converting loans to grants, and creating thousands of student co-op jobs
- Protecting middle class families by having the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations pay their fair share
“We don’t have to settle in Ontario,” said Horwath. “We don’t have to settle for families being squeezed and life gettingharder here as costs rise and salaries do not. We don’t have to settle for health care being cut by the Conservatives, and then cut by the Liberals. We don’t have to settle for privatized hydro and sky-high bills. For too long in Ontario, we’ve settled for bad or worse when it comes to premiers– and look where it’s gotten us.
“It doesn’t have to be this way. We can change things – for the better.”
Horwath will soon reveal a full election platform, which will include details on her plan to take student debt away from graduates, and details on her plan to have the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations pay their fair share.