Ontario needs new leadership to put us back on top
TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader John
Tory today addressed a joint meeting of the Canadian Club and Empire Club of
Canada where he shared the priorities by which he would govern if elected on
"I want to live in an Ontario that captures the promise I see all around
us; the equality of opportunity, the benefits of enterprise, and the
effectiveness of our health and education systems for all to access," Tory
said. "When it comes to ensuring Ontario has the prosperity it needs, there is
a big gap between the Ontario we have and the Ontario we deserve. If we are
going to close this gap, we need new leadership."
Tory first outlined the importance of getting Ontario's economic
fundamentals right. In particular, he detailed how a PC government would
reduce the tax burden on businesses and families, eliminate unnecessary
regulation, invest in targeted sectors of the economy and lead the push for a
single, national securities regulator.
"Yes, it's about investment and jobs. But there's something even more
important at stake: a prosperous economy gives us the resources to help those
in need," Tory explained. "When government revenues grow, we can invest more
in health, education and helping the disadvantaged."
Tory announced today he will eliminate the so-called 'health tax'
beginning with those who need help the most. Starting on January 1, 2008, a PC
government will eliminate the tax for people earning under $30,000 per year.
Tory also committed to making smarter investments for improving health
care in Ontario. In particular, he detailed how he would address the current
severe doctor shortage, reduce wait times and improve patient care.
"When government does not manage health care properly, the gap between
the promise of our health care system and the reality of our health care
system only grows," Tory said. "My priority is getting care for patients. I
will not let political posturing get in the way of getting people off waiting
lists and out of pain."
Tory concluded by restating his long-standing commitment to reducing
poverty in Ontario as well as reducing the threat to public safety stemming
from gang violence and illegal land occupations.
"If you cannot walk down the street without fear of being mugged,
assaulted or shot, it is a breakdown in justice that threatens our quality of
life," Tory said.
"Every Ontarian has the right to aspire to something more for his or her
family, for his or her community and for his or her province," Tory concluded.
"It is our duty to protect, to strengthen and to enhance that promise so that
Ontario can lead again."
Full text of John Tory's speech outlining his agenda for Ontario's future
is available at www.leadershipmatters.ca.
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