Andrea Horwath has an app for that.
The NDP leader brought an iPad to a scrum Monday morning to demonstrate a program voters can download to see how much they’d save if they elected a New Democrat government June 12.
“Using our savings calculator and answering some simple questions, people will get an idea of how much they could save with our plan,” Horwath said after an early morning appearance on City-TV’s Breakfast Television program.
The savings calculator can be found here and Horwath said it will factor in promises like a 15 per cent cut to auto insurance rates, taking the provincial portion of the HST off electricity bills, freezing the cost of university and college tuition, a home caregiver tax credit and loans to homeowners for energy efficiency retrofits.
Horwath said the 15 per cent auto insurance reduction applies from a period a year ago when she first convinced the minority Liberal government budget to include it in the budget, which the NDP subsequently support.
Since then, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario has said rates are down about six per cent on average -- which leaves another nine percentage points to go.
Horwath said she’s spoken to citizens who haven’t seen any reduction in their insurance at all.
The NDP leader -- who is trailing third in most polls behind the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives, who are neck-and-neck in some surveys -- was spending the day in preparation for Tuesday night’s televised leaders’ debate with Liberal counterpart Kathleen Wynne and Conservative boss Tim Hudak.
Asked about her strategy given her third-place position in most polls with the election coming in 10 days, Horwath, who hails from Hamilton, said she’s not afraid to unleash her inner “Steeltown scrapper.”