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Most politicians know that about 75 percent of Canadians over 65 are reliable voters.
According to the Statistics Canada General Social Survey, they voted in the last federal, provincial and municipal elections.
Among 25- to 44-year-olds, the proportion of reliable voters is closer to 45 percent.
Targeting older voters is clearly an efficient way to campaign.
Here’s what Andrea Howarth’s party has pledged to do if they were elected: At election times, senior citizens are the most important constituents because unlike the millennials, they vote.
Out of the NDP election promises above, the top three will all appeal to seniors.
The Ontario Drug and Dental Program will reimburse 80 percent of eligible drugs and dental expenses, up to a maximum of 0 for a single person, 0 per couple or up to 0 for a family of four with two children, or per child.
But the problem with this Liberal budget lies in the fact that the 2018 budget outlines a total of .3 billion in new spending over three years that will put the province back into deficit after finally balancing the books last year. Doug Ford promised to cut gas prices by 10 cents a litre if his PC party wins next month’s election, saying he’d do so by cutting the provincial gas tax and scrapping the cap-and-trade system.
When asked how he would make up for the lost revenue, Ford only said, “We can’t afford not to do this.” NDP leader Andrea Howarth, meanwhile, would not provide details of what families earning more than ,000 would pay for child care under her plan for the province.
One in three Americans is now 50 or older — by 2030, one in five will be 65 .
Here are more facts and figures about the baby boomer population (Americans born between 19) and other older adults.
Many progressive voters, yours truly included, might have to vote strategically for the NDPs on June 7 in order to prevent a victory by Ford.
This is particularly true in Toronto’s 416 region, the NDP has the stronger lead, with 38 percent of respondents saying they would vote orange.
Another $650 million will go toward boosting the number of visits by caregivers to clients’ homes.