Paavo Arhinmäki and Pia Lohikoski of the Left Alliance were present as the opposition party discussed its manifesto for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Helsinki on 22 November. The Left Alliance has expressed its confidence that the economic fortunes of Finland can be turned around.

In its parliamentary election manifesto, the opposition party urges the Government to borrow more to grease the wheels of the national economy. “The latitude for productive economic policy should not be restricted with debt or spending limits,” the 17-page manifesto reads.

The Government, the Left Alliance states, should adopt a more active approach to ownership policy in order to promote employment. The sales of state assets, in turn, should be suspended. The Government should also step up its efforts to guarantee that the headquarters and production facilities of major industrial companies stay in Finland. The Left Alliance refrains, however, from proposing concrete measures to guarantee this.

In addition, the party pledges to boost the national economy with an extensive public investment programme if it is among the parties that form the Government after next year's parliamentary elections. Several billion euros should be earmarked for the development of transport infrastructure over the next electoral term, according to the Left Alliance.

Tax revenues would also be used to repair “mould-ridden schools, dilapidated tracks, roads and bridges, as well as to bring forward investments in transport infrastructure and build reasonably priced apartments”.

Teemu Luukka – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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