The provincial NDP party plans to beef up healthcare services in the province if elected this coming Thursday.
Appearing on CJBQ’s Lorne Brooker Show Friday, the NDP candidate for Hastings-Lennox and Addington Nate Smelle said offering free prescription drugs and free basic dental care will lead to better service in emergency departments.
Smelle says that every three minutes, someone enters an emergency room because of a dental problem.
Smelle said the program investments will be paid for by modest increases in the tax rates on very wealthy corporations and individuals. “Everyone needs to contribute to the well-being of our society, they need to pay their fair share.”
Smelle said his party isn’t really surprised by its strong standing in the polls, either tied with or leading the Progressive Conservatives, because people are sick of Liberal and PC governments after years of experience with them.
Nate Smelle is from the Bancroft area and owns a bed and breakfast and also works as a journalist.
You can listen to the full interview with Nate below: