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Provincial Election 2011 : Dale Hamilton, NDP

Dale Hamilton

  • Municipal councilor in the 1990‘s in Eramosa, Township - instrumental in creating an Official Plan that was used as a model across rural Ontario.
  • Both sides of Dale’s family have farmed and lived in Wellington County for over six generations and she has lived in the riding most of her adult life.
  • Ran for the NDP provincially in 1990 in the riding of Wellington - beat the Liberals and came in a close second to the Conservatives.
  • Served with the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, the Farm Products Appeal Tribunal, Groves Memorial Hospital board and the Ontario Arts Council.
  • President of the Rural Learning Association, a provincial charity serving the rural community since 1965 (Farm Radio Forums & Community Soundings).
  • Recognized as a pioneer in the field of Community Development, with projects & workshops across Canada & in the UK, the US, Australia & Africa.
  • Youth Development specialist, including an international research project on Best Practices in Youth Engagement for the United Nations.
  • Accomplished writer - 14 plays produced and four short stories published.
  • Lives on her 16 acres along the Eramosa River in Eden Mills, with her teenage son and daughter.

New Democrats’ Platform:

  • Balance the books by 2017.
  • Remove the provincial portion (eight %) of the HST from home heating at a cost of $350 million annually.
  • Remove the provincial portion of HST from hydro bills beginning in 2015 when the debt retirement charge ends.
  • Set a weekly price cap on gasoline through the Ontario Energy Board.
  • Reduce HST on gasoline by one per cent every year, which will cost $1.25 billion over four years.
  • Scrap plans to build new nuclear reactors and assess safety and costs.
  • Spend nearly $1 billion over four years on energy-efficient retrofit programs, including a rebate of up to $5,000 for home renos, by putting nuclear refurbishment program on hold.
  • Merge Ontario’s three electricity bureaucracies and cap CEO salaries.
  • Legislate a “Buy Ontario” policy for government purchases.
  • Raise general corporate taxes to 14 % from the current 11.5 per cent, which will bring in $6.6 billion over four years.
  • Give 10 % tax credit to companies that invest in buildings, machinery and equipment in Ontario, plus a training tax credit for employees.
  • Force companies that mine in Ontario to process those resources in the province.
  • Scrap the province’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINS) and replace with a local decision-making body.
  • Cut emergency wait times in half by capping public CEO compensation ($20 million in annual savings), cut consultants in half ($125 million annual savings), and give ombudsman health spending oversight.
  • Eliminate wait lists for acute long-term care at a cost of $320 million over four years, and fund one million hours of home care.
  • Scrap ambulance fees at a cost of $30 million a year.
  • Forgive student debt of new doctors who practice in under-serviced communities at a cost of $16 million.
  • Spend $420 million over four years to create 50 health-care clinics.
  • Freeze transit fares and share operating expenses equally with municipalities at a cost of $930 million.
  • Increase minimum wage to $11 per hour and index it to the cost of living.
  • Keep welfare rates in step with inflation, at a cost of $160 million over four years.
  • Develop an Ontario Retirement Plan for those who want one.
  • Mandatory physical education in high schools, ban advertising of junk food aimed at kids and force large chain restaurants to put calorie labeling on menus.

Questions and Answers

Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September on 26 September to all
The high price of volatility of conventional carbon-based fuels creates economic uncertainty and drives up the cost of doing business in Ontario. How does your party plan to support business for the long-term stability and competitiveness of Ontario?s business and Energy systems?
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 Hamilton, Dale  No response yet.
 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September on 26 September to all
Why is it that when it comes to wind farms no signs were ever put up and all knowledge of the development was kept quiet until the last minute.
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 Hamilton, Dale  No response yet.
 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September to all
Do you believe that renewable energy should be part of our future?
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 Hamilton, Dale  No response yet.
 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September to all
How will you and your party protect and improve health care? Do you party?s past positions and policies support your promises?
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 Hamilton, Dale  No response yet.
 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September to all
More & more, I?ve noticed that the province repeatedly ignores mental health. Group home and one-to-one workers for youths and adults with developmental disabilities are underfunded and underpaid. Parliament says there?s not enough money, yet there seems to be enough for their personal interests. If you?re elected, what funding solutions will you recommend?
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 Hamilton, Dale  No response yet.
 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September to all
A recent announcement was made that Centre Wellington well be receiving funding for a new hospital. With Ontario?s goal of eliminating the budget deficit threatening by steadily rising health care costs, what will your party do to make rural health care programming and operations sustainable?
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Question submitted by Bruce Lloyd on 15 September to all
With the LHIN system in place, would you keep it in place or scrap it to add the estimated $1 billion dollar administration costs back in to direct healthcare?
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Hamilton, Dale

  

The NDP (and I) believe strongly that the LHIN system was an experiment that didn't work and that it should be terminated. If given the opportunity to form or strongly influence the next provincial government, we would put the money saved into front line healthcare, such as reducing emergency wait times, expanding home care and creating 50 new family health clinics. An NDP government would also cap hospital administration compensation at twice the salary of the Premier and put this money back where it belongs- paying doctors and nurses to deliver the care we and our loved ones need.

We hope you will agree that with the NDP's strong history in creating (and pushing for improvements in) our health care system, we are the party that can be trusted to actually make good on this commitment.

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