Premier gives peek into budget with jobs and pension announcements

The budget will be tabled on Thursday

The premier is giving a peek into the budget, just days before it will be tabled at Queen's Park.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced a $2.5 billion "Jobs and Prosperity Fund" to strengthen the economy.

The money will be given out over ten years.

She says it will improve the province's ability to attract business investment and create jobs. She stresses it will be key for Ontario's future. She underlines more details will be announced in Thursday's budget.

Wynne also gave a name to the province's version of CPP: the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. She says they can't wait for leadership from Ottawa any longer.

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  1. Frankie posted on 04/28/2014 01:22 PM
    The only way to attract more jobs in Ontario is to get rid of the most dishonest and incompetent government in Ontario history.

    As for a provincial version of CPP, trusting this gov't with more money would be like trusting a pedophile to run a daycare.
  2. Dean posted on 04/28/2014 01:36 PM
    If any public union members are reading this, I have two things for you to think about:

    1) Wynne, the Liberals, and the demands of your union leaders are just going to continue making it harder and more expensive to do business in this province, eventually driving all business away. Once that happens, how long do you think it will take for the taxpayers you bleed your salaries from to go bankrupt? And where will your salaries come from then?

    2) It's not too late to stop this. Your unions are obsolete. The things unions fought for in the 1930's are no longer issues in Canada, and have since become law for all Canadians. Decertify, throw your support behind the Conservatives, and you can finally help build this province back up rather than continue dragging it down.
    1. arthur posted on 04/28/2014 02:34 PM
      @Dean i've read your post. I've thought about it.
      i'm 54 been working for 40 yrs paying my taxes contributing to my pension, i'm employed in the private sector, i haven't been part of a union for 30 yrs but i also think you're nuts and inmature. my advice to you if you're reading this is mature a little more think about life get back to work and maybe comment later on in life when you're more mature and educated
    2. Angry Bill posted on 04/28/2014 02:53 PM
      @arthur And more poor, due to people voting the liberals back in.
    3. arthur posted on 04/28/2014 03:30 PM
      @Angry Bill that's the best you can say Bill? really?
      why is it some want fellow Canadians out of work the sooner the better Bill? Do you actually think some conservative will come along and reduce your taxes Bill?
      Bill work, pay your taxes and be humble. many non union people probably have unions to thank for fighting the good fight back when so as a society we get treated somewhat fairly. it's not just wages and benefits. things like workplace safety standards many things that we as a society are better off for
    4. Jack posted on 04/28/2014 03:50 PM
      @arthur Unions at the turn of the century had real battles to fight: child labour, unsafe working conditions, exploitation, etc. Everything they fought for and won is now law for ALL CANADIANS, whether unionized or not. With nothing to fight for anymore, unions have gone from fighting exploitation to perpetrating it.

      Look at any teacher's strike: Union members putting children in harm's way to pad their wallets.

      Look at the Toronto Garbage Strike of 09: Union members leaving the streets to fill with garbage and bake under the July sun, providing a breeding ground for vermin and disease, to pad their wallets.

      Look at any nurse's strike: Union members declaring that they'd rather see sick people die than go without a pay increase.

      Look at the York Region Transit strike of 2011: Four months straight of causing direct harm to 40,000 people with no alternative but to rely on public transit to go to work, feed their families, get an education; perpetrated by fewer than 1000 union members to pad their wallets.

      Every issue has two sides, and do these sound like the actions of those who are on the side of "bettering society"?
    5. Angry Bill posted on 04/28/2014 03:52 PM
      @arthur No, but it's all I cared to say.

      What I do actually think is the conservatives would not have allowed the travesty that was Caledonia to have progressed like it did, they would not have put power plants in an untenable location like they were, they did not blow over a billion dollars to buy 2 provincial seats to get rid of the aforementioned power plants and then attempt to nefariously bury the evidence under an illegal email cleansing campaign all the while lying about it, they would not have run on a reduced tax platform only to do a complete about face and hike taxes/create new taxes.... and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

      If you are actually an apologist for the provincial liberal party, you suck at it.

      There... is this better? "the best that I can say"?
    6. Frankie posted on 04/28/2014 05:16 PM
      @Angry Bill Very well put.
    7. Mark7 posted on 04/28/2014 05:51 PM
      @arthur Where in what Dean stated is he wrong? Well? Unions ARE obsolete and only protect those who have seniority, thus enabling their lack of productivity at work.

      I have been in three unions in my life all of which had to let me go. Each of them told me the same thing.
      "I would rather fire many higher up on the seniority list and keep you." Case closed!

      Come back and reply again when YOU have matured.

      ps...I am 50 and know what I am talking about, same as Dean.
  3. Doug Ford posted on 04/28/2014 03:15 PM
    Rob and I both support Right to Work legislation and have promised to abolish unions in Toronto when we're reelected. City unions will be decertified, everything possible will be privatized, city workers will see their wages cut by at least 45%, no more pensions, health for life will be abolished.

    The civil service jobs will be put on 6 month contracts, management will be decimated, EMS, fire, and police departments will be privatized...their unions have sucked the lifeblood out of this city, taxes have gone up, and they're riding the gravy train. All this will end when we're reelected.

    Folks, that's Rob's promise to this great city.

    God Bless Toronto


    Thank you.
    1. Peter posted on 04/28/2014 03:22 PM
      @Doug Ford You write these posts as what I'm sure you think is very witty satire, but if any politician were actually running on such a platform, they'd have my vote in an instant. There is no downside to that arrangement, except to the union bosses and those city workers too lazy or incompetent to hold down an honest job in the private sector.
    2. Doug Ford posted on 04/28/2014 03:31 PM
      @Peter Public sector workers never get hired in the private sector because they're unmotivated and have no concept of profit/loss. Corporate never hires civil servants...the only resume that's worse in the private sector are teachers. Not only are they civil servants but they're not team players, always need to teach, and always need to be right.

      Corporate shuns former teachers like the plague.

      It's not about being lazy or incompetent, it' about them being hamsters.

      That's why Rob and I will bring in motivated contract workers that will work at half he price without joining unions. They'll all be self employed so we can fire them if they don't work 55 our weeks at less than minimum wage (we'll put them on salary), and take away their pensions and benefits.

      God Bless Toronto


      Thank you.
    3. bob posted on 04/28/2014 03:33 PM
      @Peter by you calling city workers lazy and public workers honest just shows me and others immaturity Peter on your part. that's really all it says.
  4. Mark7 posted on 04/28/2014 05:46 PM
    Bitch Wynne, the filthy , lying , criminal Fiberal, makes me want to puke! Does any intelligent person believe anything she says? (Other than the non thinking Fiberal voters, that is.)
    1. Lisa posted on 04/28/2014 05:58 PM
      @Mark7 There are plenty of ways for us to voice our displeasure with Wynne without resorting to crude language that drags down the entire conversation. Clearly, she's a horrible premier heading up a corrupt party without less financial sense than a pay phone. The best we can do is raise awareness of her shortcomings and those of the NDP in a calm, rational manner and encourage people to vote for the only reasonable choice: Tim Hudak and the PCs.
  5. Ernie posted on 04/28/2014 09:17 PM
    If last weeks announcement of giving Open Text $100,000 for every job they create is what you call her "jobs policy"; then clearly she has no clue how to run a province.

    Creating jobs does not mean favouring one company over another using corporate welfare practices. When the money runs out for Open Text, she will need to give money to ABC to hire those loosing their jobs from the former Open Text because they never learned how to compete because they were fat on government handouts.

    Attention Ms Wynne: Governments responsibility is to create an environment where businesses want to participate in a competitive manner for the betterment of our entire society. Not a single business, or single sector. Such an environment means:
    reasonable business tax rates in comparison to other jurisdictions, lower energy costs including gasoline, natural gas, and electricity. Support systems to help expand business opportunities in other markets. Reasonable labour laws that not only protect workers health and safety but also allow for competitive operating environments with other jurisdictions in the world (yes this means policies that would not allow unions to close companies due to unreasonable demands relative to a global market). Control of the Canadian dollar through policy that makes us competitive in our major markets. A strong dollar may be good for your trip to Florida but kills the trade balance with the USA and hence the manufacturing sector - and all its associated jobs.
  6. Mark posted on 04/28/2014 09:18 PM
    ^^^ Oh Lisa. Calling Wynne Bag a bitch is not crude. It may be a bit harsh but what would expect. People are done with these corrupt liar liberals running our province into the dirt while they pander to pig faced selfish greedy teachers.
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