Tory: McGuinty weak leadership has Ontario limping along when it should be running



    Dalton McGuinty spends over $22 billion more but we suffer because of
    weak results

    QUEEN'S PARK, March 22 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Party Leader John
Tory today said Ontarians haven't seen the results they deserve as Dalton
McGuinty's fourth and final Budget caps off four years of dramatically
increased spending without significant results.
    "Our province is limping when it could be running," said Tory. "Ontario
was once the real leader of the whole country and now we sputter. I don't want
Ontario to be the little engine that could - Ontario before Dalton McGuinty
was the big engine that did and that's what we must aspire to be again."
    The 2007 Budget shows that Dalton McGuinty increased annual spending by
over $22 billion since he came to office. That's an increase of over $4,500 in
spending per household and it means Dalton McGuinty has increased spending by
a staggering $750,000 for every hour he has been in office.
    "When taxpayers ask themselves 'is my job more secure? Are hospital
emergency rooms better? Can I get to work and home any faster?' Is the
environment better? the answers are negative. Dalton McGuinty does the easy
part - the spending - but he just doesn't deliver results," Tory said.
    Tory pointed to three examples of areas where Dalton McGuinty's spending
spree has not achieved results Ontarians deserve - in the economy, health care
and rural/Northern Ontario:
    -  Ontario was dead last in economic growth in 2006 compared to other
    provinces. Despite over 120,000 manufacturing job losses over the
    past two years, Dalton McGuinty still hasn't introduced any sort
    of jobs plan.
    -  Dalton McGuinty has virtually ignored the needs of the long-term
    care sector and as a result seniors will suffer and wait times
    will lengthen.
    -  Rural Ontario and the North - farmers are worse off by another
    $100 million cut to the Ministry of Agriculture budget, and the
    North gets a facilitator to hold meetings on an economy in crisis.

    "It takes strong leadership to make the big important decisions that will
deliver results to the people of Ontario," said Tory. "Dalton McGuinty has
failed to deliver that leadership. With a huge revenue windfall, plus the
money in the Federal Budget, Dalton McGuinty should have no problem starting
to eliminate the health tax, while achieving much better results in public
services. This government is awash in cash but it's the poor suffering
taxpayers who are continuing to take a bath."
    "It's now clear he fooled us four years ago," said Tory. "As we look at
this Budget, I say to Dalton McGuinty on behalf of the hardworking taxpayers
of Ontario, we won't get fooled again."





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