Ontario Budget Set for March 25



    McGuinty Government Building on Plan to Strengthen the Economy

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The 2008 Budget will be delivered in the Ontario legislature at
approximately 4:00 p.m. on March 25, 2008. Details and registration
information for the media lockup will be available shortly.
    The first Budget of the second mandate will continue to build on
strategic investments made over the last four years.

    QUOTES

    "In the 2008 Budget, we will work to strengthen Ontario's economic growth
by investing in what matters most to Ontarians," said Minister of Finance
Dwight Duncan. "We are continuing to build on the last four Budgets, as our
goal is to further strengthen Ontario's economy."

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   The Ontario Budget is the major policy document outlining the
        government's plans for the upcoming fiscal year.

    -   Within its first mandate, the McGuinty government eliminated an
        inherited $5.5-billion deficit while making historic investments in
        health care, education and infrastructure.

    -   In 2004, the Budget focused on improving health care and investing in
        education.

    -   In 2005, the Budget focused on post-secondary education with a
        historic $6.2 billion investment in the government's
        Reaching Higher Initiative.

    -   In 2006, the Budget focused on a $1.2 billion investment in
        MoveOntario to build better roads, bridges and public transit.

    -   In 2007, the Budget focused on a $2.1 billion Ontario Child Benefit
        to help children in low-income families.

    LEARN MORE

    After Finance Minister Dwight Duncan's speech, which will be live on the
ministry's website, copies of the Budget speech and technical papers will be
available for downloading at no cost or through Publications Ontario.

    Read about eliminating the deficit and balancing the books.

    Read about added transparency and accountability.

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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 325-3645;
 Scott Blodgett, Ministry of Finance, (416) 325-0324

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