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NDP Leader promises immediate action in 5 key areas

TORONTO, On. –  New Democrat Leader Jack Layton released his election platform in Toronto, April 10.

The platform was a long list of promises that would help Canadian families, and would take immediate action in five key areas within 100 days of the election.

A main plank to the plan included a balanced budget in four years, with $3-billion in tax cuts during the first year of the plan.

The NDP’s platform promised to kick-start job creation, strengthen public pensions, and see an increased investment on transit.

Layton pledged to hire more doctors and nurses, to cut the small business tax, provide a tax incentive for businesses to hire more employees, and a more affordable post secondary education for students.

The NDP was the last national party to release its platform, but Layton had no complaints.

“By being the last one out, people are most likely to remember it best,” he said.

On Saturday, the NDP Leader was campaigning in Saskatchewan. He remained hush-hush about platform details, but promised to keep services for Canadians.

“We are going to cost out and indicate absolutely every step that we will be taking to achieve the balanced budgets while making sure the services are there for Canadians,” he said.

Layton said both the Conservative and Liberal platforms add up to cuts in services to Canadians.

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