QUEEN'S PARK, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - More experts agree that yesterday's
Ontario Liberal budget creates jobs and helps people in their everyday
ED JACYNO, MAYOR, PEMBROKE
"Overall, it looks positive. I was hoping Premier Wynne was looking to
help Ontarians, and this budget seems to be pushing the right buttons
as far as I'm concerned."
RANDY HOPE, MAYOR, CHATHAM-KENT
"I think they're trying to do all the right things per se, with
everything from the business climate to workforce development to roads
CHRIS FRIEL, MAYOR, BRANTFORD
"Brantford Mayor Chris Friel said the continued uploading of social
services will help create more room in the city's budget….Friel also
liked the government's proposed Youth Employment Strategy."
BRIAN McMULLAN, MAYOR, ST. CATHARINES
"St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan was buoyed by the prospect of
transit funding, particularly for GO Transit. He said expansion could
possibly lead to GO trains in Niagara."
FRANK SCARPITTI, MAYOR, MARKHAM
"I think it's a positive start for new funding and revenue for the
massive transit investment that has to happen across the GTA."
JIM WATSON, MAYOR, OTTAWA
"This is a budget that looks like it addresses concerns that I hear
regularly from people here in Ottawa…We are delighted to see that the
government will make the gas tax permanent with legislation…Making the
provincial gas tax permanent allows us to plan more confidently for the
future. We're also pleased to see more than $35 billion in
infrastructure investments over the next three years."
ROB FORD, MAYOR, TORONTO
"I'm happy the city's portion of the provincial gas tax will be made
MITZIE HUNTER, CEO, CIVICACTION
"For the first time in a very long time, we're seeing our elected
officials actually commit to new sources of revenue for transportation
expansion in a provincial budget."
PLAMEN PETKOV, ONTARIO DIRECTOR, CANADIAN FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESS
"I would describe the budget as encouraging. They kept spending under 1
per cent, in line with our recommendation. The deficit is down to $9.8
JOE COUTO, ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE
"Top cops welcome permanent funding for anti-guns and gangs programs in
ONT Budget…Congrats to Minister Meilleur for doing what's right and
providing funding to support our First Nations police to cover loss of
DENISE VAILLANCOURT, ASSEMBLEE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE DE L'ONTARIO
"Despite difficult economic conditions, these measures will ensure a
better future for everyone, and we applaud the government for
maintaining its focus on areas that are essential for the development
CAMILLE QUENNEVILLE, CEO, CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION (ONTARIO
"The government's investment in the community sector will increase
availability of services for adults with mental health and/or addiction
needs. We applaud the government for recognizing the vital role of
community-based services by investing upstream."
"Ontario's 2013 Budget includes a number of new commitments relevant to
the Province's technology sector…This Budget recognizes the importance
of these issues to Ontario's future competitiveness, including the need
for skills training and the promotion of entrepreneurship and
innovation as core parts of Ontario's Economic Plan for Jobs and
ONTARIO HOME BUILDERS' ASSOCIATION
"Ontario Home Builders' Association President Leith Moore applauded
efforts to reduce the deficit and noted that higher than expected
levels of new construction activity contributed to growth in provincial
ONTARIO PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION
"OPHA commends the provincial government in addressing the health
inequality needs of low-income populations who may be at greater risk
of health concerns. Investments and commitments related to Social
Assistance and Ontario Works identified in the 2013 Ontario Budget
should be acknowledged."
JESSE KUMAGAI, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING, MASSEY HALL AND ROY THOMSON HALL
"We applaud the Ontario government's creation of the Ontario Music Fund,
and their recognition that music not only plays a profound role in the
cultural lives of Ontarians, but is also an important driver of the
economy and a source of valued jobs…We are part of one of the largest
and most dynamic music communities in the world and this investment
will help maximize its potential, paying dividends for the people of
DEBORAH SIMON, CEO, ONTARIO COMMUNITY SUPPORT ASSOCIATION
"The OCSA welcomes increased funding for home and community support and
we look forward to working with the Ontario Government to ensure this
funding strengthens quality and access to care."
SHARLEEN STEWART, PRESIDENT, SEIU HEALTHCARE
"We are pleased that some of our recommendations have been incorporated
into the budget and we look forward to working with all parties to
ensure these new commitments are implemented."
DENISE CARPENTER, PRESIDENT & CEO, CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF CHAIN DRUG
"Savings announced by Minister Sousa in today's budget, achieved through
drug reimbursement strategies, were developed in partnership with
industry. We look forward to a continued role in helping Minister
Matthews and health officials design new approaches to the delivery of
patient care in the pharmacy."
JOHN BLAKE, PRESIDENT OF THE ONTARIO ROAD BUILDERS ASSOCIATION
"We commend Premier Wynne and her government for their commitment to
investing in the future of our province by investing in transportation
infrastructure. Premier Wynne understands the vital role infrastructure
plays in our economy today and in the future."
SOURCE: Liberal Caucus Service Bureau
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