CFN – Tim Hudak confirmed his $14 Billion hole will mean ripping up the signed agreement between the province and municipalities for further uploading, and would instead push a $500 million hike onto property taxes.
“Tim Hudak will force hikes in property taxes with his reckless downloading scheme. No wonder people in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry don’t trust him. He’s only in it for himself.”
– Mark A MacDonald, Liberal candidate, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry
“He was very clear. He’s going to stop it.”
– Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga
“I’m very concerned that there is no commitment to honour Prov-Mun upload agreement.”
– Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
“We have an agreement with the provincial government. That agreement should be respected. Uncertainty about the future of that is of significant municipal concern. Municipalities across Ontario have planned for those uploads.”
– Peter Hume, President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario
“Stopping the upload will be bad enough for property tax payers.”
– Rob Burton, Mayor of Oakville
“Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak wouldn’t commit Tuesday to honouring provincial plans to take over costs from the province’s municipalities.”
– London Free Press, Aug 23, 2011
“It was not clear whether Mr. Hudak will respect the remaining $553 million in scheduled uploads that the Ontario government has committed to upload between 2012 and 2018.”
– Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Press Release, Aug 23, 2011
In Tuesday’s Standard-Freeholder, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry PC candidate Jim McDonnell claims that “the Ontario auditor-general reviewed the PC budgeting.”
That’s not true. Not only has the auditor-general not reviewed the PC platform, the party hasn’t been able to find a single credible, independent source to say that their numbers add up.
McDonnell’s claim about the auditor is just another desperate effort to change the subject from the $14 billion hole in the PC platform, and the deep cuts to hospitals and schools that will be required to fill that hole.
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