Why you should vote NDP this federal election

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The New Democratic Party presents a progressive vision for Canada in their electoral program “A New Deal for People”: a roadmap to climate action, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, improved Medicare, affordable housing, better access to post-secondary education, and more.

To address the climate crisis, the NDP is committed to 100 per cent non-emitting electricity by 2050. An NDP government will end subsidies for fossil fuel producers, ban single-use plastics, and establish a Canadian Climate Bank. 

To prioritize reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the NDP has committed to implementing the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The party will address systemic inequities in Indigenous communities by providing adequate housing, clean drinking water, and other public goods.

Head-to-toe health care is another priority for Singh, who will invest in truly universal Pharmacare and publicly-funded dental care, eye care, and mental health care. The NDP is also committed to adopting a harm reduction approach to the overdose crisis by supporting increased access to harm reduction, treatment, and mental health services.

Faced with OSAP slashes, an NDP government would bolster Canada Student Grants, eliminate interest on federal student loans, and work with provinces to envision a truly public post-secondary education system

Young people are also feeling the effects of the housing crisis. That’s why Canada’s NDP is proposing the creation of 500,000 units of affordable housing. 

The proposals of this platform reflect a courage also embodied by the robust fiscal approach the NDP has put forward to ensure these promises are kept.

The “New Deal for People” is a necessary—and long overdue—realignment of our national priorities toward ecological stewardship, social solidarity, and economic justice. 

Think a New Deal for People. Think NDP. 

Aaron Bailey is a fourth-year Health Studies major and Political Studies minor and communications director & health advocate for Queen's New Democratic Party.

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