WATCH: Ontario fuming over federal budget

Minister Charles Sousa calls it a "kick in the teeth"

Ontario's finance minister is livid, upset that the federal government isn't helping out the province.

Charles Sousa underlined Ontarians have been short-changed and ripped off by the federal budget. He made the comments about 45 minutes after it was tabled on Parliament Hill.

In December, Ottawa had announced Ontario won't be getting $641 million in equalization payments for health and social services. Sousa had hoped for an about-face on that decision.

He also wanted to see some form of pension reform, which wasn't there. Neither was a national transit strategy.
Despite what he calls a "kick in the teeth" handed to Ontario, Sousa says the province will try its best to meet deficit targets.

Meanwhile, officials at Toronto City Hall received the new budget with a decidedly ho-hum response.

"It's a steady budget ... nothing outrageous, one way or the other," says Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.

He says he is 'delighted' to see that $660 million dollars already promised for the planned subway extension through Scarborough is included, along with a program that will help municipalities get access to funding to rebuild infrastructure after natural disasters.

"Given the history we've had with flooding and the ice storm, I am really pleased that (the Federal government) has made a $200 million commitment."

TTC Chair Karen Stintz says the new budget will be good for the city's transit system.

"The gas tax funding will be indexed for the first time this year so that gas tax money will increase to the TTC and we'll also have more flexibility in how that money is invested, so that's good news for transit," she says.

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  1. Ernie posted on 02/11/2014 05:56 PM
    Sousa's rhetoric is exactly out of the Dalton McGuinty playbook when he first took office. Blame the conservatives for the mess in the books when he first became premier so he raises taxes then wastes money hand over fist.
  2. Mark posted on 02/11/2014 06:39 PM
    Sousa should shut his pie hole and stick his face in an oven. Nothing he says or does is legitimate because he and his position are a direct result of one of Canada's bigest political scams as a result of corruption.

    Shut up Sousa.
    1. Jack posted on 02/11/2014 06:53 PM
      @Mark While I agree that the Liberal government we've been stuck with for the past ten years just might be the worst we've ever had, saying that Souza should "stick his face in an oven" is hardly the way to convince people to vote the Liberals out of office and get them out of our pockets.
  3. Walter posted on 02/11/2014 10:55 PM
    The article doesn't say it, but I understand that the formula for Federal transfer payments has not changed.

    So why is Sousa upset?
  4. Mike from the hinterland posted on 02/12/2014 03:15 AM
    Firstly, if the Premier Dad's and Premier Mom's government did not waste 4 billion dollars on E – Health, Baird Report, Wind Power, G20 summit, Orange, Ontario Northland and all their their other useless policies and programs
    Lawn fertilizer
    Health Care
    Septic Inspection program
    Eco fees
    Cell phone ban
    Stakeholders crap

    Charles you goof you would have money for hospitals, transit etc.
  5. Karl Burgin posted on 02/12/2014 12:18 PM
    "Ontario's finance minister is livid, upset that the federal government isn't helping out the province.
    Charles Sousa underlined Ontarians have been short-changed and ripped off by the federal budget. "

    Oh, he was being serious. You mean he wasn't trying out to become a comedian?
  6. FPSC posted on 02/12/2014 08:52 PM
    Wynne & Sousa are obviously going to complain about Ottawa to cover up their gross incompetence which is really McGuinty's gross incompetence. That being said, the Federal gov't could do a lot of good for Ontario's books (and the city of Toronto's books) by putting imposing an immediate halt on all new immigration.

    The budgets of provinces and large cities that are immigration magnets experience disproportionate strain from the burden created by immigration. (e.g. health care, education, welfare, social housing, etc.) That being said, it's only the Federal gov't that can stop the immigration nonsense. Why not e-mail your MP? They're perfectly aware of the strain created by immigration and it doesn't hurt to let them know that you're aware of it too. You can't balance a budget while leaving the door open to an invasion.
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