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Wynne Liberal budget means more questions and costs for area residents

April 23, 2015

QUEEN’S PARK – Life just got more expensive for residents in Waterloo Region according to Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris.

“Today’s budget is a clear disappointment for the people of Waterloo Region – it points us toward escalating electricity rates, a carbon taxes, a pension tax, and even a beer tax, while remaining mute on when residents will ever receive the transportation improvements they’ve been promised time and again ,” Harris asserted. “Meanwhile, continued overspending means $12 billion a year is being taken from paying for the health care and education priorities we all care about just to service the increased interest on the Wynne Liberal debt.

“They continue to put everything on the credit card, driving up our debt and leaving less for the funding priorities we all share.”

Harris noted that residents should hang on to their wallets, as increased hydro rates will mean another $200 a year for electricity on your household bill while the carbon tax will hit them with at least 3 cents a litre at the gas pump. He adds that despite the added revenue Wynne will be taking from our pockets, the budget indicates she continues to rack up the deficit, now three years running.

“We’re headed in the wrong direction! At $10.9 billion the deficit is now 68 per cent more than all other province’s combined,” Harris said. “To add insult to injury, after selling off Hydro One to supposedly pay for transit priorities, they’re now telling municipalities who’ve yet to be allocated provincial funding for their rail expansion projects to sell off assets of their own to meet the Wynne commitments!”

“How many times have we been promised all-day, two-way GO service for Waterloo Region only to now find that they want us to sell off our assets to meet their commitment for them?”

Harris says he looks forward to addressing the very serious and costly concerns for the budget impacts set to hit area residents, and the unmet commitments failing to meet community priorities.