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The NDP still plans to balance the budget federal if elected, but is calling for a much smaller surplus over the next few years, reports The Toronto Star.

As the party’s full platform document says, the federal surplus will likely only reach $2.2 billion by 2018. That compares to the NDP’s previous forecast of a $4.1-billion surplus for the 2016-2017 budget (as seen in its costing document).

To protect consumers, reports The Star, the NDP now wants to “revive plans to introduce a new Consumer Protection Act, which would limit automatic teller machine fees to $0.50 per transaction, [as well as] establish a gasoline ombudsman to deal with complaints about pump prices.” Read more.

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