Ontario Liberals are taking strong action in the budget to build a stronger economy, attract more investment and create jobs – and it’s paying off. Ontario created 46,100 full-time jobs in March, more than the rest of Canada combined, and a new report from the Bank of Canada notes that Ontario’s economic recovery is on track and that our businesses see a brighter and a stronger future.
Premier Dalton McGuinty visited Windsor, Chatham and London on Tuesday talking about the strong Liberal plan that has made Ontario a North American leader in job creation and highlighted a new Bank of Canada report showing that Ontario businesses, investors and innovators have confidence in our plan to grow the economy and create jobs.
Meanwhile, Minister Duguid was in Toronto announcing that IBM Canada was partnering with seven Ontario universities to create a world-class virtual Research and Development Centre, helping create 145 highly-skilled, R&D jobs and secure thousands more.
Ontario’s employment has now increased by 345,400 jobs since June 2009 and manufacturing showed strong growth in the recent jobs numbers. Unemployment is now at its lowest level in three years – a great sign for our economy and our families..
The opposition parties would put Ontario’s growth at risk, forcing an expensive and unnecessary election at a time when our province is moving forward in a global economy that’s just now recovering.
The Hudak PCs said they would vote against the Budget even before they read it. They say they would roll back the gains Ontarians have made together such as full-day kindergarten.
The Horwath NDP has resorted to publicity stunts calling for a wish-list that would put our recovery and growth at risk. They have lots of proposals for spending, but none that would help Ontario balance the books.
With Ontario's economy growing stronger, the best thing opposition parties can do is stop playing political games and work with Ontario Liberals to pass the 2012 Budget. It contains the strong action needed to balance the budget by 2017/18 and protect our economy’s fragile recovery.
Ontario Liberals are the only ones with a plan to build a vibrant economy that will allow us to protect the gains we've made in services that matter most to Ontarians, health and education.