NDP leader Jack Layton was in Winnipeg Tuesday, where he promised to create a program that would see the development of granny suites if elected.
Speaking at an event on McGregor Street, Layton said the Inter-generational Home Retrofit Program would help families renovate their homes so aging relatives can move in.
“Too many families are still fending for themselves when their parents become ill,” Layton said. “Stephen Harper’s answer is an 82-cent daily allowance — that proves Ottawa is broken, but I’ve got a plan to fix it.”
Layton would also fix a loophole that prevents parents from collecting EI benefits once returning to work from maternity and parental leave.
Layton will campaign with Winnipeg North candidate Rebecca Blaikie later this morning before attending a campaign rally at the Ukrainian Labour Temple at 5:30 p.m.