Lancaster - Jun. 30, 2011 - Over the past eight years, we have seen a string of Liberal tax increases that have hit Ontario families hard, forcing them to make tough day-to-day spending decisions and forcing them to avoid the small things that make life great. With the fall election approaching, Dalton McGuinty has proposed a spending platform that the Ontario Auditor General has referred to as “optimistic” and “aggressive” rather than prudent.
It is a platform that will require a new round of tax increases to fund. Hard working Ontario families are telling us that enough is enough.
Over the past year, the Liberal government has discussed a number of new taxes such as the Eco tax, a new school property tax, road tolls, and a new carbon tax on energy. This week, Liberal Nickel Belt candidate Tony Ryma became the latest in a list of Dalton McGuinty Liberals to talk about carbon taxes by admitting that “we're exploring that right now” (The Agenda with Steve Paikin, June 27, 2011).
Previously, Liberal cabinet ministers, including John Gerretsen and Glen Murray, have publicly supported slapping a carbon tax on Ontario families. In fact, when Dalton McGuinty was asked by reporters if he would increase taxes, he responded with: “I’m going to promise to keep doing what I have been doing” (Toronto Sun, May 19, 2011). Ontario families know that if the Tax Man is re-elected, he will do what he did the last two times – raise taxes after the election.
The only way to stop him is to replace him with a Tim Hudak Progressive Conservative government.
In my trips around the riding, the message is clear. People are fed up with the constant tax increases, shrinking discretionary cash, over-regulation, and the decline of their once great province of Ontario to a ‘have not’ status. While Dalton McGuinty plans a tax hike to pay for his out of control spending, Tim Hudak and the Ontario PCs are the only party that have a plan to provide real tax relief for families so they can balance their household budget, get government focused on front-line priorities like health care and education, and stop the waste, fraud and secret deals.
It is time for real change that will put Ontario back on its feet and reward hard working families with the quality of life they had just a few short years ago. For more information, please visit www.McDonell.ca.