Cornwall ON – PC candidate sent us in the following in response to his Liberal opponent in the upcoming Provincial election here in SD&G Ontario:
I believe Mark is trying to deflect attention away from the Liberal’s dismal record. Dalton McGuinty’s Open for Business initiative has been a complete failure. It has been three years since Dalton McGuinty identified red tape reduction as a top Liberal priority, yet small businesses continue to be subject to the heaviest regulatory burden in Canada that costs Ontario businesses $11 billion a year. The Progressive Conservatives, led by Tim Hudak, will reduce this regulatory burden by 30%, appoint a Minister responsible, and hold the entire Cabinet responsible by docking its pay if this regulatory goal is not met.
The McGuinty Liberals knew full well that their so-called smart meter plan was a mess from the beginning, but they went full-steam ahead at the expense of hard-working Ontario families and small businesses. Most businesses in Ontario can’t change their working hours to cover 7pm to 6am just to suit Dalton McGuinty. Smart meters – at a cost of more than $1 billion – have become nothing but government-sponsored tax machines, and now hydro distribution companies are revolting, asking the OEB for extensions on their time-of-use implementation dates until they can assist small businesses in their service territories adjust to the new, higher rates. A Tim Hudak Government will provide a choice over mandatory smart meter energy pricing.
I see that the Liberals are proposing to follow our Progressive Conservative Party’s lead with the reduction of the general corporate income tax rate to 10%. Let’s not forget that it was Liberals who raised this tax to 14%, who only now admit the devastating effect it has had on small businesses. Dalton McGuinty’s tax grabs, expensive energy experiments and excessive red tape are handcuffing small businesses’ ability to grow, prosper and most importantly, create jobs.
On October 6th, Ontario’s small business owners will have a clear choice. They can choose four more years of more tax hikes, more red tape, and more expensive energy experiments under the McGuinty Liberals, or they can choose change with a Tim Hudak government, which will respect Ontario’s small business owners as the engine of Ontario’s economy and job creation.