The NDP platform has been given a free ride this campaign. Luckily, there are people out there willing to put the NDP's platform promises under scrutiny. Those people? The NDP
NDP casts doubts over its own green spending promises
OTTAWA — The federal New Democrats say they might not be able to pay for $3.6 billion worth of green spending initiatives that were promised in their platform for the first year of a new mandate if elected to form a government.
The party quietly explained in a statement over the weekend that it would be forced to delay the promises, in government, if it is unable to launch a market-based system forcing polluters to pay for greenhouse gas emissions by buying credits from those that reduce emissions.
"We do indeed propose that revenues from pricing carbon (dioxide emissions) be put back into improving the environment — that's how carbon use will be reduced," the NDP said. "If revenues from pricing carbon are delayed or are lower than planned, then the investments will also be delayed or will be phased in more slowly than planned."
But they have failed to identify what measures, which appear in Year 1 of their platform, would be chopped or delayed.