‘Ontario can do much better, but we must act now’: Harris

May 2, 2013

QUEEN’S PARK – The way out of the jobs and debt crisis created by the Liberals isn’t hard to see, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today. “But it will take a new team with a new plan and the courage to put Ontario back on the right track.”

Harris’s comments follow the release of the Liberals’ 2013 budget that, as expected, adds to the provincial debt and continues the damaging anti-jobs policies of the McGuinty-Wynne era.

“Half a million of our friends, neighbours and relatives struggling to find work need a serious plan to grow our economy,” Harris said. “But the Liberals have failed to deliver that plan. Instead, they’ve increased spending, doling out $1 billion in new spending promises to win the NDP’s support.”

The budget increases spending in 15 of 24 ministries by a total of $3.6 billion and leaves Ontario paying $11 billion a year in interest payments on the province’s now more than $280-billion debt. The budget also states that if interest rates go up just one percentage point, Ontario’s debt payments will increase by $408 million a year.

“Here are the stakes: Every dollar paid in interest on the Liberals’ huge debt is money that won’t go to schools, hospitals or new investments in our transportation networks. But the government has only made the problem worse through its reckless overspending.”

Only the PC Party has a plan to get Ontario back to balance, which includes ideas to fix our outdated labour laws, lower taxes, control hydro rates and for a government that lives within its means.

“We can give our children a bright future right here in Ontario,” Harris concluded.  “So let’s not wait any longer – let’s start today.”