Open Letter from John Tory to Mayor David Miller, City of Toronto



    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ -

    David Miller
    Mayor of Toronto
    Toronto City Call
    2nd Floor, 100 Queen St. West
    Toronto ON
    M5H 2N2

    Dear Mayor Miller,

    As you know, last week the Supreme Court of Canada made a decision that
will result in the City of Toronto having to reimburse TTC employees for
Dalton McGuinty's so-called health tax.
    When he broke his promise not to raise taxes, Dalton McGuinty called this
a "premium" raising the concern it was covered under collective agreements.
    Our party first asked about this in 2004 and Dalton McGuinty said there
was nothing to worry about. In October that year he said: "If there is some
uncertainty connected with this matter and we have to act, then we will do so,
to make it perfectly clear that this is something that is to be paid by
taxpayers."
    Dalton McGuinty could have lived up to this promise had he not chosen to
prorogue the Legislature three weeks before the scheduled end of the sitting.
Unfortunately, without the Legislature in session, the law cannot be changed
and it appears the City of Toronto must pay its TTC employees $18 million
immediately and $6 million annually until those changes are made.
    Dalton McGuinty's failed attempt to "spin" the public means the people of
Toronto will have to carry an extra burden of higher public costs and/or
reduced funding for the TTC. Furthermore, it may mean that other collective
agreements in both the public and private sector will also be similarly
affected.
    Our Party does not believe it is fair that people in Toronto and
potentially elsewhere should have to pay the so-called health care tax
themselves and pay it again because of Dalton McGuinty's attempt to conceal
the true nature of this tax. Our Party will repeal the so-called health care
tax to lift the additional burden now faced by Toronto taxpayers and end a tax
that disproportionately targets lower and middle income earners.
    You have my commitment that my Party would also have supported the
necessary amendments to legislation if the Legislature were still sitting. As
it stands now, only Dalton McGuinty can fix this situation and I would
encourage you to press him to do so.
    Please feel free to contact me directly if you wish to discuss this
further or if there is anything else I can do to help solve this situation.

    Sincerely,

    "signed"

    John Tory
    Leader, Official Opposition of Ontario





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