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article image5 Questions with New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton Special

By Richard Mccallum     Apr 29, 2011 in Politics
Ottawa - If any of the leaders of Canada's federal parties are performing strongly in this election, then the surprise for election 2011 is that leader of the NDP;Jack Layton seems to be gathering popular momentum day by day.
Jack Layton is well known to most Canadians as the leader of the New Democratic Party since 2003. In this election Layton and his party are storming through Quebec and the rest of Canada as the new candidate for change in Canada. His views are to the left of both the Liberals and Conservatives, yet his personal appeal seems to be challenging to both Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff in the 2011 race for Prime Minister.
Richard Mccallum:How would you be a different Prime Minister than Stephen Harper?
Jack Layton:For too long Ottawa has focused n the priorities of the well-connected, not the priorities of your family. Together we are going to fix that. As Prime Minister, I will work with others to get Ottawa working for you.
And I will deliver results in the first 100 days. You can hold me to it.My platform commitments are fully costed-right from the first year.We won't wait to lift all seniors out of poverty. We won't wait to start hiring more doctors and nurses. We will act starting now.
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Richard Mccallum:How would you cap credit card interest at 5 points plus prime without the banks passing those costs on to the consumer?
Jack Layton:A New democrat government will ensure Canadians have access to credit cards with interest rates no higher than 5 per cent above prime. we will give federal financial regulators new powers to identify and ban excessive interest rates on credit cards, payday loans, store cards and other forms of consumer credit.
We will oblige lenders to provide clearer, easy-to-understand disclosure of the real costs of credit cards, store cards and payday loans. we will end unfair bank and credit charge transaction charges for both consumers and businesses.
Our plan requires credit card issuers to offer at least one credit card at prime plus 5%. There is nothing to prevent credit card issuers and clients from agreeing to other arrangements as long as every client has the option of one capped card.
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Richard Mccallum:How would the NDP sustain Canada's economic recovery?
Jack Layton:A New Democrat government will sustain Canada's economic recovery by:
*reducing the Small Business Tax rate;
*establishing a Job Creation Tax Credit;
*extending Tax Credits for Job supporting Investment;
*ensuring Foreign Investment Delivers Quality Canadian jobs;
* setting the Corporate Tax Rate at Below the USA's and
*investing in Critical Infrastructure
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Richard Mccallum:What is the NDP's approach towards the environment?
Jack Layton: An NDP government would protect the environment by:
*adopting the Climate change Accountability Act
*ensuring Canada becomes a World Leader in Renewable Energy:
*establishing Green Bonds to fund Research and Development; and
*strengthening Public Transit for Liveable Cities
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Richard Mccallum: If you were Prime Minister what would you do to eliminate poverty in Canada by 2050?
Jack Layton:As a practical first step to eliminate child poverty, we will combine existing supports like the Child Tax Benefit to create a non-taxable child benefit and increase the support steadily by up to $700 per child over the next four years. This will be in addition to the current Universal Child Care Benefit. we will table legislation that will set goals and targets for poverty reduction in consultation with the provincial, territorial, municipal and Aboriginal governments and with non governmental organizations.
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