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  • June 15, 2013

Passing The Budget Critical To Ontario's Economy

Efforts to be fair and reasonable ignored by opposition

Premier Dalton McGuinty released a strong statement today after opposition parties gutted the government’s Budget Bill, putting Ontario’s economy and families at risk. 

“For months, Ontario's MPPs have had before them a budget that will keep our economy on track and keeps our deficit going down,”said Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan. “Earlier today, the NDP went back on their word, breaking their agreement and teaming up with the PCs to turn their backs — yet again — on getting this Budget passed.” 

“It is crucial that we pass this budget to save taxpayers money by modernizing and streamlining our operations, so we can protect our province’s economic livelihood and build on the important gains we’ve made so far, particularly here in the Northwest,” said Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North.“Supporting this budget will prevent any deep cuts to services without tax increases to low- and middle-income families, while paying down our deficit and protecting Ontario’s credit rating.”

The Budget goes for its final vote on Wednesday, June 20th. The 2012 Budget, Strong Action for Ontario, is the Ontario Liberal plan to pay down the deficit, create jobs and protect what matters to families most: jobs, health care and education. 

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has backtracked on her party’s agreement to pass the Budget twice now, at a time when Ontario families and credit rating agencies are looking for stability. The Ontario PC Leader, Tim Hudak, opposed the Budget from the start, without reading it. He has rejected new ideas and failed to present any of his own. 

Only Ontario Liberals have a plan to keep the economic recovery on track by taking strong action to balance the Budget by 2017-18 and continue to create good jobs for families. 

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