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Liberals Present an NDP Budget
QUEEN’S PARK – “Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal Government have just bought themselves the support of the NDP,” said Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees following the tabling of today’s budget. “Not only does the Premier not have a mandate from the people of this province to govern, she has now allowed Andrea Horwath and the NDP to dictate the budgetary policy of the province.”
Klees pointed out that the $3.7 billion in increased annual spending and the additional $40 billion of debt that the budget inflicts on the taxpayers of the province, is evidence that the Liberals will do anything to stay in power.
“They wasted a billion dollars by cancelling two power plants to win the last election and now they bought the NDP’s support with an additional $3.7 billion in spending on programs we can’t afford,” said Klees.
“Half a million of our friends, neighbours and relatives are struggling to find work. They need a serious plan to grow our economy,” Klees said. “What we were hoping to see today is a commitment to an economic plan based on responsible fiscal management that would encourage economic growth and job creation. That’s what will restore hope and optimism to those who are struggling to make ends meet. All we have in this budget are more handouts that will keep Ontarians on a treadmill to nowhere.”
“Here are the stakes: Every dollar paid in interest on the Liberals’ huge debt is money that won’t go to schools, hospitals or new investments in our transportation networks. But the government has only made the problem worse through its reckless overspending.”
“Predictably, none of the recommendations we made were included in this budget,” said Klees. “No sign of spending constraints, no fixes to outdated labour laws to help create jobs, nothing that will control hydro bills and not a sign that the government will get serious about stopping the waste that’s robbing billions from essential programs such as health and education.”
“The people of this province deserve better. We have the resources, we have the people and we have the resolve,” said Klees.”Ontario just needs the leadership to make it happen.”