06/26/2011 11:50 EDT | Updated 08/26/2011 05:12 EDT

NDP Hope To Appeal To Broader Audience With 'Practical' Platform In Ontario


THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she thinks her election platform will appeal to a broader base than that traditionally targeted by her party.

Horwath, who released the bulk of her party's promises for the fall election over the weekend, describes it as a practical approach that deals with the concerns of people across all political spectrums.

She says the party is a more credible alternative for people in the province than it has in the past, and dismisses concerns that Ontarians may be reluctant to vote for the NDP after Bob Rae's unpopular tenure as premier.

People are looking for change that will make their life more affordable, she says, and not so much at "history lessons" or ideology.

Key new promises by the NDP include merging the province's electricity bureaucracies and capping CEO salaries to find savings that can be invested into programs as well as into the province's deficit.

There are also several promises around health care and affordability, such as phasing the HST off gasoline, and cutting wait times in half.

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