BUDGET’S EMPTY PROMISES CAN’T ERASE 15 YEAR RECORD OF FAILURE
QUEEN’S PARK – A desperate attempt to cling to power by a tired, untrustworthy government that’s out of ideas and will soon be out of time.
Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark used those words to sum up the unprecedented pre-election spending spree contained in the 2018 budget unveiled by the Wynne Liberals today. It’s a budget that increases spending by a staggering $9 billion, plunging Ontario back into a $6.7-billion deficit and breaking the government’s pledge to balance the books.
“We knew this government would try buying votes using taxpayers’ money, but this budget takes electioneering to another level,” said Clark. “The cheques they’re writing will bounce because the cupboard is bare after 15 years of Liberal waste, scandal and mismanagement.”
Clark said Ontarians simply don’t trust Kathleen Wynne to deliver on the empty promises contained in this reckless budget.
“The people of Leeds-Grenville know the Liberal track record by now. They make big promises at election time, but the reality is longer wait times and cuts to frontline health-care services, rural school closures, the Hydro One sell off, soaring electricity rates and a decimated manufacturing sector,” said Clark.
“Life is harder for the families I represent, but there was some good news in today’s budget – it’s Kathleen Wynne’s last one. In 71 days, Ontarians will have a chance to elect a PC government that will restore accountability and affordability to Queen’s Park.”
Clark said a closer look at the numbers shows the steep price Ontarians will pay for the government’s out-of-control spending. This includes:
- Personal income tax increases that will take $275 million out of the pockets of 1.8 million residents annually.
- Elimination of the Employer Health Tax exemption that will cost 20,000 job creating businesses a total of $45 million every year.
- In total, taxes will increase by $2 billion over three years.
- The cost of servicing the debt soars to $12.5 billion a year, which means more than $1 billion less every month for the services Ontarians rely upon.
“Kathleen Wynne is taking all of this money from hard-working Ontarians and she still has to find $1.4 billion worth of unspecified efficiencies in the coming year,” noted Clark. “Re-electing this government means four more years of paying more and getting less. It’s a recipe for disaster and I’m confident Ontarians will soundly reject it.”