Hoskins says he's open to road tolls and raising minimum wage to spur economy

TORONTO – Liberal leadership candidate Eric Hoskins says he’s got a prescription for a healthy economy in Ontario.

The doctor, who still practises medicine, says he’d reform health care by investing in preventive medicine, long-term care and home care services.

Hoskins says he’d also shift to an income-based system for Ontario’s public drug plan as well as tax credits and benefits, so only those who really need the help will be eligible.

He says he’d increase the minimum wage and implement the recommendations of a recent review of Ontario’s social assistance programs.

Hoskins is also proposing a 20-year transportation plan in the Greater Toronto Area, with new sources of revenue to pay for it, which could include road tolls and congestion charges.

He says he’d also create jobs by integrating new immigrants into Ontario’s workforce more quickly and focus on creating programs to boost youth employment.