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Back to work: Liberals pressed on paying down the deficit

Opposition claim tax increases or public sector job cuts are to come.

The opposition pressed the Liberals on if they're going to raise taxes or slash jobs to bring down the province's $12.5 billion deficit.

MPPs came back to work for the first time since before the election Monday, with the usual sparring in Question Period.

Interim Tory leader Jim Wilson demanded transparency after questioning how the Liberals can afford a big-spending budget when the province is in the red.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath pressed on if the Liberals would cut 100,000 public sector jobs as economist Don Drummond suggests.

Premier Kathleen Wynne denied massive job cuts, stressing the province is enhancing services in its budget not spending aimlessly. She says she will be open and transparent in how the province will balance its books by 2017-18.

The budget will be re-tabled on July 14th. The Liberals maintain there won't be any major changes.

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  1. Next stop: Rock bottom posted on 07/07/2014 02:29 PM
    I'm looking forward to finding out exactly what the Liberals are going to introduce next. They're already going to start penalizing my company for employing me AND penalizing me for working starting in 2017, what else could they possibly come up with?
    1. john posted on 07/07/2014 02:42 PM
      @Next stop: Rock bottom my advice . move to Alberta . thay dont mess around like we do .
  2. BPP posted on 07/07/2014 03:28 PM
    If Ontario moved forward finally (and for the 2nd time) with Unclaimed Property Legislation they might have a $ Billion+ in cash to help paydown the deficit AND help hard working Ontario families find their Unclaimed Financial Assets. An important part of consumer protection is missing in Ontario. Consultations with the Ontario Government were completed a year ago. Let's get legislation in place. Each State in the US has had such legislation in place for 50+ years.
    1. Next stop: Rock bottom posted on 07/07/2014 03:49 PM
      @BPP That's unlikely to happen under any Liberal regime. Haven't you noticed that Wynne's policies appear to be custom-designed to make sure every citizen in the province is either working for the government or on welfare?

      It's pretty clear that the Liberal goal is to add a bright yellow hammer-and-sickle to the fancy red of their campaign banners.
  3. Walter posted on 07/07/2014 10:14 PM
    Based on their history of dishonesty, we just gave the Liberals a blank check. They can either increase the debt, or increase taxes, or do both - and we have ne reason to complain.
    My guess is that those "revenue tools" will be introduced in a fall economic statement - because bringing them in now would be dishonest because it was not part of the campaign.
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