McGuinty Government Continues to Fail Families in Kitchener- ConestogaOctober 7, 2011
QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak and Kitchener-Conestoga MPP and Environment Critic Michael Harris called on Dalton McGuinty to take immediate action to address Ontario’s jobs and debt crises.
Ontario’s Fall Economic Statement, given in the Legislature today, points to the severity of the province’s fiscal problems. Last year, Ontario ran a $14-billion-dollar deficit. This year, Ontario is running a $16-billion-dollar deficit – with $1 billion added since the October 6th election.
Many people in Waterloo Region have experienced first-hand the devastating effects of losing their jobs and being unable to provide for their families. McGuinty says he’s finally going to work to fix the economy, but the numbers speak for themselves, with more than 75,000 full-time jobs lost in October alone. This is the latest indictment of McGuinty’s failed policies that continue to batter Ontario’s economy and worsening jobs crisis.
In his response to this government’s Fall Economic Statement, Hudak highlighted what Ontarians increasingly know: McGuinty must stop making excuses and blaming others, and should take responsibility to fix the problems he created.
These are serious times for Ontario that require a serious plan. The Ontario PC Caucus’ approach will continue to be rooted in the understanding that there is a difference between “nice to have” and “must have.” Hudak’s practical solutions to reduce spending and eliminate the deficit include:
an immediate public-sector wage freeze, – a move that will save the province $2 billion over two years
modernize Ontario’s apprenticeship system to help create 200,000 new jobs
Considering the Liberals’ failure to address the province’s job crisis in the Throne Speech on Tuesday, Ontario needs leadership more than ever.
“Wherever I go, residents in Kitchener-Conestoga tell me the Ontario government is out-of-touch with their priorities and seems incapable of grasping the basics of balancing a budget. Families are forced to live within their means and expect their government to do the same.”
~ Michael Harris, MPP Kitchener-Conestoga
“As a result of out-of-control spending by the McGuinty Liberals next to health care and education, interest on the government debt is the third largest government expense. No one believes that after eight years of fiscal mismanagement Dalton McGuinty has suddenly seen the light.” ~ Michael Harris, MPP Kitchener-Conestoga
“The McGuinty Liberals economic policies are not working, and as a result, Ontario’s unemployment rate has been higher than the national average for 58 straight months – in October alone, Ontario lost 75,000 full time jobs.” ~ Michael Harris, MPP Kitchener-Conestoga
- Ontario government employees already earn 27% more than their private sector counterparts doing the same job. (Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses, Wage Watch)
- Public sector wage agreements have been 50% more generous under Dalton McGuinty than they were under the previous three Premiers. (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
- The Ontario Ministry of Finance predicts that there will be over one million unfilled, skilled job vacancies by 2021 – just ten years away, with the number likely to double to two million by 2031.
- The Province of Ontario’s 2011 deficit is $2 billion more than last year’s and now stands at $16 billion.
- Under Dalton McGuinty, government spending has increased by 7 percent on average each and every year. In order to balance the budget, economist Don Drummond has said this spending must be reduced to 1% every year for the next 6 years.
- Ontario government employees earn 27 percent more than their private sector counterparts for doing the same job. A wage freeze would in just two years provide up to $2 billion in savings.