Ontario Liberal budget to be reintroduced within 20 days

Premier Kathleen Wynne has promised to reintroduce the Liberal budget which failed to get the support of the opposition parties last month

Ontario's Liberals have won a majority government in the provincial election. Premier Kathleen Wynne has promised to reintroduce the Liberal budget • which failed to get the support of the opposition parties last month, triggering the election, within 20 days of the election.

Here are some highlights from the Liberal fiscal plan:

• eliminate the $12.5-billion deficit by 2017-18.

• create a 10-year $2.5 billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund to partner with industries poised for growth. Measures include $10 million for a nine-month paid community work and service program to help graduating high school students, and $5 million in grants for the next two years for new small-scale manufacturers.

• invest $15 billion in transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, including the electrification of GO Transit commuter trains and a downtown Toronto subway relief line.

• invest $14 billion in roads, bridges, highways and other transit projects outside the GTHA, including $1 billion to support the development of the Ring of Fire in northern Ontario, with or without financial help from the Harper government.

• provide up to $230 million to expand access to natural gas in under-served communities, including agricultural communities.

• increase taxes for individuals earning more than $150,000.

• increase the minimum wage to $11 on June 1, 2014, and index it to inflation after that.

• create an Ontario retirement pension plan which could be integrated into a CPP expansion in the future.

• guarantee that every Ontarian has access to a primary care provider.

• continue to reduce health-care wait times, focusing on referrals to specialists.

• fund 20 more hospices.

• continue to expand the scope of practice for nurses and pharmacists.

• improve math scores and help kids be more active through 60 minutes of physical activity connected to their school day.

• provide wage increases to child-care workers outside the public school system.

• continue the 30 per cent off tuition grant for post secondary education.

• promise to build new campuses and create spaces for 15,000 more post secondary students in Ontario.

• increase the number of apprentices training in Ontario.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 06/13/2014 09:03 AM
    Things taken from the results of the election:

    *It is the beginning of the end.
    *Tim Hudak seemed to have suffered the same fate as John Tory. They both failed in the end for pushing the truth.
    *Jerry Agar was right, and people were idiots for voting Liberals.
    *We are hypocrites. Because we teach our kids that when you do wrong, you pay for it. But when governments do wrong, its A-OK!
    *Did I mention its the beginning of the end?
    *If ANYONE that voted Liberal, even as so much makes one complaint, when they realize what's coming down the pipe with this new majority Liberal government, I'm gonna punch them in the face.
    *Speak of punching people in the face, one person who is well-deserved of it is George Smitherman, and his stupid smirk on CP24
  2. Karl Burgin posted on 06/13/2014 09:09 AM
    Other things taken from the election:

    *I KNEW THE PCs weren't ready. And now we have reached the 'worst-case' scenario- a Liberal majority for the next 4 years
    *This is EXACTLY why John Tory should have been the face of the PCs. Not that there's really anything wrong with Hudak- but when the race is really based on likability, Hudak really isn't the prized horse. Its too late now. I'm guessing Christine Elliot may take over the reigns as leader.
    *I can only quiver in fear, when the Unions who campaigned on behalf of the Liberals are ready for their payout as payment for their services. Would be a billion dollars as a whole, or would it be a billion dollars each
    1. Sammy from Scarborough posted on 06/13/2014 12:02 PM
      @Karl Burgin I have "borrowed" the following comments from a "Fact Provider" post just for your edification and perhaps even education (one can only hope):

      Read and heed, Karl.

      To Karl (I love Rob Ford) Burgin and the rest of the Tea Party ranters who have posted their vitriol and bile above:

      ** You had a bad platform - more in touch with "Reaganomics" and "Harris-Slash-and-Burn" (neither of which worked) than with anything worthwhile.
      ** You had a wooden leader who could not get anyone to listen to him except the Tea party types - and you needed to reach "out" not "in".
      ** Your campaign managers were amateurs in their complete lack of strategic thinking as witnessed by the fact that the Libs were able to out-manoeuvre them at every turn.
      ** In simple terms - you simply don't know the electorate any more.
      ** Unlike the Harris days (or, perhaps because of the Harris days), the electorate actually thinks its way past simple slogans and bad mathematics.

      Suck it up and find yourselves a sensible leader - like a clone of Bill Davis.
      Until you move off the far right of the political spectrum and get back to being a centre-right force, you are doomed to be second or even third the next time around.
  3. Angry Bill posted on 06/13/2014 09:48 AM
    Oh, yeah... that budget? Remember that budget, Ontario voters? No? Well, you're about to be reacquainted with it.

    You all had your wild orgy party last night, but what happens when you wake up in the morning, look over, and realize just what you crawled into bed with, and want to gnaw off your arm to escape? It's a bit late for that, now. You gave them a majority. Now you can deal with it.

    Our provincial debt is unsustainable now. So of course, the most logical thing to do is to add billions more to it. Well over a hundred billion more. What the hell, people in Ontario can afford it, right? Obviously you all think so, because you gave this criminal government a majority.

    I want absolutely nothing to do with anything in that Fiberal budget. Nothing. I don't want more money picked from my pocket for an Ontario pension plan. I want to opt out. I don't want more money picked from my pocket for pet Fiberal projects to reward their uninformed, short-sighted, sheep-like voters. I want nothing to do with an ill-thought out budget whose only goal is to cause Ontario to envy Greece's economy. I want nothing to do with a budget whose only effect will be to cause thousands of businesses to shut down, and put hundreds of thousands of people out of work. I'm talking real working people, not people who work in their iron-clad public sector jobs, sucking on the public teat.

    Look at the electoral map. Rural Ontario is the only place with any brains. They understand, and understand well, the damage that the Ontario Fiberals are capable of delivering, and indeed have delivered. But nobody cares about rural Ontario. Least of all the Fiberals.

    So, yeah.. Party on, folks. Never mind that you're partying on the deck of the Titanic. Come talk to me after years of this fiberal majority government and tell me how you're liking it so far. You never know. Some people actually come to like prison loving after a while. Maybe you will still like it. I don't.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 06/13/2014 10:15 AM
      @Angry Bill I think at point BILL, Greece would probably want Wynne as leader- given the 'high-in-the-sky' promises she's selling.

      The only chilling factor in all of this, is the 'doom' Smokey Thomas is for-seeing. A Union guy. If you have a union guy, who's finally taken the blinders off, and calling it like they see it, that's when you know how deep in doo-doo we really are.

      Maybe Hudak should have brought him on the campaign and made him talk.

      On another note, maybe the Jays will win their division, and bring tourism to Toronto.....sigh
  4. Nicholas posted on 06/13/2014 03:55 PM
    There are just way too many people that are simply stupid or incredibly shortsighted/selfish.

    I look in my riding...we just had a by-election and the Conservative won...this time round she lost. What the hell happened in the interim to make people like the Liberals more? All we got was more scandal (e.g. MaRS).

    In a way, I hope the province fines itself in ruins in 4 years. It will hurt me too, but if that's what it takes for people to get their collective heads out of their butts, so be it.

    Incidentally, does anyone have a pool going on when the province's next downgrade will be?
  5. Mark7 posted on 06/15/2014 01:22 PM
    All criminal Fiberal voters are beyond redemption.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 06/15/2014 01:36 PM
      @Mark7 After this last atrocity if an election, you are right.
      And I also agree with Nicholas, that this province will find itself in ruin before people come to their senses. Unfortunately, all the truthful politicians would either be gone by then, or any potential truthful politicians that may think about running wouldn't think it's worth at.
      Ontario is a lost cause.
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