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  • June 19, 2012

Passing the Budget Critical to Ontario’s Economy

Efforts To Be Fair And Reasonable Ignored By Opposition

Premier Dalton McGuinty released a strong statement yesterday 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 keep our deficit going down. 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.

The Budget goes for its final vote on Wednesday, June 20. 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: health care and education. Here in Oak Ridges-Markham that means:

•The continued roll out of Full Day Kindergarten

• Modernization of ServiceOntario’s delivery of necessary public services

• Invest more healthcare dollars into keeping our Seniors in the comfort of their own home

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.

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.

“It is extremely important for the families in Oak Ridges-Markham that we pass this budget and if we don’t, we’ll take it to the people in an election — a costly option that no one wants,” said Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham. "This budget is about Ontario's economic stability and the government’s ability to steer the province in the right direction during these challenging times."

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