CFN – With the budget being presented by the Kathleen Wynne government today under a cloud of tension due to Conservative leader Tim Hudak calling for the fall of the government MPP Grant Crack commented on some of the key points he felt strongly about with CFN via telephone.
I’m very pleased with the budget that the Finance Minister presented today. It’s a budget for all Ontarians – we recognized fiscal challenges and having to deal with those, but at the same time we know we need to invest in the economy and job creation.Our youth job strategy initiatives for Eastern Ontario and the $100 million dollar commitment for rural and northern infrastructure – We’re honoring our commitment to upload social services and provincial responsibilities that were previously downloaded by the Harris Conservatives.This is a Social conscious budget as well. We’re doing what we can reduce poverty levels across the province.
Despite the challenges that our government has faced in the last year the fact that Mr. Hudak is unwilling to work with the government and is continually calling for an unnecessary election, an election Ontarians don’t want. It’s irresponsible and self serving, but at the same time I’m enthusiastic about Andrea Howarth and the NDP’s willingness to work for best interests of all Ontarians.This is a Liberal budget; but we’ve incorporated a number of initiatives from both opposition parties because we want Ontario to move forward and continue to grow our economy and improve the lives of hard working people.A number of the initiatives that the NDP put forward we already were working on. Reducing auto insurance rates is not as simple as it might appear so as we move forward we’re going to be implementing the anti-fraud task force’s recommendations to reduce premiums and our approach is being well received by the insurance industry.We’ve also recognized in our action plan in reforming health care that home care is a priority to the government and the request of $30M by the NDP has been exceeded by our government to the tune of $260M.Social assistance reform is well underway. We’re proposing to allow those on Ontario Works and ODSP that they’ll be able to keep $200 monthly earnings prior to deductions. A wonderful initiative.In conclusion – our Government has hit the right balance with this budget that touches many of the important issues facing the province and I’m confident that the NDP will be supporting this budget. It’s very unfortunate that the Hudak Conservatives have excluded themselves from a very important process for Ontario. The budget process that they’ve now excluded themselves for two straight years.
What do you think Ontario? Are you happy with the budget and do you think Andrea Howarth will force an election?