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On September 28th, the federal NDP released its party platform which is very much focused on helping middle-class and working families make ends meet. The NDP’s priorities are focused on the kitchen table rather than the boardroom table.

In releasing the platform, NDP leader Jack Layton said that  “While Stephen Harper’s priority is a $50 billion corporate tax cut, my priority is investing in families and their children.“

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The centerpiece of the platform is the New Democrats’ new Child Benefit, an initiative that unifies, simplifies and enhances existing programs such as the Child Tax Benefit and the Universal Child Care Benefit. In effect, it will give every middle-class and working family in Canada a raise, according to Layton.

Other key elements of the platform include: hiring more doctors and nurses, a national children’s nutrition plan, investments in cancer research, and a plan to break Canada’s reliance on carbon with a plan for the environment that will work.

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