Federal Candidates Weigh In On Fairness



    McGuinty Government Posts Responses To Ontario's Call For Fairness

    TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Federal leaders and candidates answered Premier Dalton McGuinty's call
for their plans to restore fairness for Ontario.
    Liberal leader Stéphane Dion, NDP leader Jack Layton and more than 40
candidates from the Liberal, NDP and Green parties replied to the Premier's
letter. No candidate from the Conservative party has replied.
    Premier McGuinty wrote letters
(http://www.fairness.ca/english/standup/lettertoFPL.asp) to leaders and
Ontario candidates in the federal election seeking their commitment to
fairness for the people of Ontario. Premier McGuinty has been actively
campaigning to retain a greater share of the money Ontario sends to Ottawa.
Any money it keeps would go toward making Ontario's economy even more
competitive.
    Ontarians have been urged to get involved by signing an online petition
(http://www.fairness.ca/english/standup/petition.asp) and raising the issue
with federal candidates.
    Every year, Ontario taxpayers send more than $20 billion to the rest of
Canada. A recent TD Economics report
(http://www.td.com/economics/special/db0908_ont.jsp) said that $11.8 billion
of that represented discrimination against Ontario.

    QUOTES

    "All Ontarians have been working hard to move our province forward. But
we could do more - and do it faster - if we could keep more of our own money,
and invest right here in Ontario to make ourselves even more competitive,"
said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  Last week, the Ontario legislature passed an all-party resolution
       calling for fairness for Ontario.
    -  One third of the people elected to the House of Commons will represent
       Ontario.
    -  Laid-off workers in Ontario get $4,600 less in employment insurance
       than they'd get if they lived in another part of Canada.
    -  Ontario's health care system is shortchanged by over $700 million a
       year by the federal government.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Want to stand up for Ontario? Here are some questions to ask
(http://www.fairness.ca/english/standup/questionsforCan.asp) your federal
candidate.
    Find out what organizations support
(http://www.fairness.ca/english/related_links/links.asp) Ontario's call for
fairness.

    
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