Dalton McGuinty's Failure to Clean out Cabinet is Further Proof Scandals,
Tax-Grabs and Out-of-Control Spending Will Continue

TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ -

NEWS:

Dalton McGuinty's cabinet shuffle signalled more bad news for Ontario families.  Instead of providing real relief for families, he made government bigger by adding two more tax-and-spend Liberals to his cabinet.  In doing so, McGuinty is confirming that government remains committed to tax-grabs and out-of-control spending.

After a summer defined by the botched eco-tax grab, SuperCorp, Mixed Martial Arts backtracking, OPP investigations, G20 secrecy, the HST tax grab, and confirmation of 'illegal' behaviour at the LHINs, it is clear that Dalton McGuinty is out-of-gas and that this latest cabinet will only provide more of the same.

Ontario families need fresh leadership and new ideas.  While McGuinty remains fixated on sneaking in new tax grabs and deflect attention from its scandals, Tim Hudak and the Ontario PC Caucus are offering fresh new ideas to create private sector jobs and give Ontario families some real relief.

QUOTES:

"This shuffle signals more punishment to come for Ontario families. As long as Dalton McGuinty is in the Premier's chair the scandals, backtracking, and secrecy will continue."

- Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak

"Nobody believes that any of the new Ministers would have been any better at standing up for Ontario families at the McGuinty cabinet table.  Ontario families deserve to see a new government that will finally respect how hard they work and how much they already pay."

- Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak

QUICK FACTS:

  • This is Dalton McGuinty's seventh cabinet shuffle in the past 15 months.  None of Dalton McGuinty's previous shuffles have addressed the chaos and fatigue in the McGuinty Government.
  • As Mayor of Winnipeg, Glen Murray was awarded a waste award (Teddy Award) by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation for spending $1 million for a toilet on the Provencher footbridge.  Murray is also one of Canada's leading proponents of forcing families to pay a new carbon tax saying that "it is time for all of us to start to get comfortable with two words: Carbon tax" (Toronto Star, December 9, 2007).
  • As Mayor of Ottawa Bob Chiarelli imposed property tax increases of 3.9% and 2.9%.  Despite these tax-grabs, Chiarelli still left Ottawa with a $250 million infrastructure deficit.

SOURCE TIM HUDAK, LEADER, PC PARTY OF ONTARIO

For further information: For further information:

Christine Bujold | 416-325-1330 | christine.bujold@pc.ola.org

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TIM HUDAK, LEADER, PC PARTY OF ONTARIO

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