Lancaster - Oct. 4, 2011 - Ontario families cannot afford four more years of Dalton McGuinty. His record of higher taxes, job losses, sky rocketing energy costs and red tape has made Ontario a have-not province for the first time in its history. In the last two provincial elections, McGuinty has promised not to raise taxes, only to break his promise and implement massive tax increases after the votes were counted. Following the 2003 election, he imposed numerous taxes, including the health tax, which costs families up to $1,800 per year. After the 2007 election, Dalton McGuinty imposed the HST tax-grab, a hidden hydro tax, and the sneaky eco-tax, which drives up the cost of over 9,000 everyday items used by Ontario families.
Since 2003, Dalton McGuinty has increased government spending by 80% ($50 billion), even though Ontario’s economy has grown by just 10%. Ontario’s 2011 Budget deficit is larger than every other province and territory combined. Dalton McGuinty will double it in his eight years in office. During his two terms as Premier, he has increased spending by 6.7% per year. Even if we were to assume that Dalton McGuinty could cut this spending growth in half, he would still have a gap requiring a $7.1 billion tax hike.
Under Dalton McGuinty, hydro rates have increased 84%, or 150% for families with a smart meter. The March 3, 2011 Ontario Energy Board Report shows the cost of installing smart meters on Ontario homes and small businesses reached over $994.4 million as of September 2010 – over $200 per household or small business.
For 56 months, Ontario’s unemployment level has been above the national average, while Ontario has become a have-not province. Under Dalton McGuinty, Ontario has lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs. Despite a growing shortage of skilled trade workers in Ontario, Dalton McGuinty continues to support union bosses and an outdated system from the 1970’s that requires a business to employ as many as five journeymen to every one apprentice. As a result, under McGuinty’s watch, Ontario is producing 46 percent fewer skilled trades people per capita than in the rest of Canada. The Ontario Ministry of Finance predicts that there will be over one million unfilled, skilled job vacancies by 2021, and that figure could nearly double to two million by 2031.
Instead, Dalton McGuinty will provide businesses with a $10,000 affirmative action subsidy for hiring employees who have lived in Ontario for less than five years. This latest edition of McGuinty’s divisive policy deliberately disadvantages every Ontario worker who has lived in Ontario longer than five years.
Under an Ontario PC government, taxes will go down, jobs will be created, energy costs will be reduced, unnecessary red tape will be eliminated and Ontario will be a “have” province again. That’s why I am asking for the support of Ontario families on October 6, 2011. Let’s turn our back on the failed taxes, subsidies, and waste of the past, and deliver the new and better province that Ontario families deserve.
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