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Michael Harris Stands Up for Local Private Sector Job Growth

February 29, 2012

QUEEN’S PARK — Following the defeat of Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak’s motion in favour of job creating tax relief, only the PC Caucus is on the record in support of growing the private sector,  Michael Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga said today.

“I was proud to stand up in the Legislature and vote yes on behalf of local businesses in my riding”, Harris said. “We need to create the right pro-growth climate for good private sector job creation.

“Passing Tim Hudak’s motion would have sent an important signal to entrepreneurs that Ontario is open for business. Instead, the Liberals sided with the NDP and slammed the door on economic growth and job creation by voting no.”

Harris said the government’s opposition to lowering business taxes reflect their neglect of the second half of the challenge faced by Ontario today – the first being the urgent need to reduce the size and cost of government.

“In tandem with that priority, we need to take immediate and integrated steps to revive our province’s stagnant private sector as part of a broader pro-growth agenda,” Harris said.

“While the week since the Drummond report proves the Liberals are moving too slowly on the public sector side, they’re doing nothing at all to boost the rest of the economy – where our jobs, innovation, productive output and competitive edge for a global economy come from.”

Harris said business owners have watched in dismay as the Liberals have ignored warning after warning that their mismanagement was stalling Ontario’s overall economy.

“Every MPP has employers who gain from a booming private sector – even members who voted against them.

“Despite this outcome, the Ontario PC Caucus is committed to making Ontario the best place in the world for businesses to invest and create jobs,” Harris concluded.