What people are saying about McGuinty's "Don't Believe it Budget"



    QUEEN'S PARK, March 22 /CNW/ - People from across Ontario are saying
Dalton McGuinty's "Don't Believe it Budget" fails to deliver.

    The Liberals have let down some of Ontario's poorest people today. They
seem to think that it is okay for those people to come home to leaky ceilings,
faulty plumbing and wiring, broken windows and doors.
    - Kay Bromfield, tenant activist and TCHC resident, Strong Foundations,
Strong Futures

    People who need income support from the Ontario Disability Support
Program will still find it next to impossible to pay their rent, eat a
nutritious diet and cover their other basic needs after Finance Minister
Sorbara's budget comes into effect. This budget does not treat people who
cannot work due to illness or disability with the dignity they deserve.
    - Nancy Vander Plaats, chair, ODSP Action Coalition

    Anti-poverty activists are disappointed that the clawback of the National
Child Benefit Supplement was not ended in real terms and other anti-poverty
measures announced do not go further. The budget doesn't move as quickly or as
significantly as needed to address the scope and depth of poverty in Ontario.
    - Sarah Blackstock, Income Security Advocacy Centre

    While we also welcome the government's commitment to the increase in the
Ontario minimum wage, we would have liked to see it happen faster to benefit
Ontario's children.
    - Hilda Watkins, President, Ontario Teachers' Federation

    McGuinty has tried to define himself as the 'Education Premier' but all
voters have seen is a trail of broken promises. High tuition fees and the
prospect of larger debt-loads remain this budget's forecast for Ontario's
students and their families.
    - Jesse Greener, Ontario Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students

    For long term care, the cupboard is bare. Unless the Liberals have a
sudden conversion on the way to the polls on October 10, they will have to
explain another broken promise - a promise made to long term care residents
and their families across this province.
    - Donna Rubin, CEO, Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services
for Seniors (OANHSS)

    This is insulting window dressing. Workers are demanding immediate action
to save and protect Ontario jobs. Dalton McGuinty just doesn't get it.
    - Wayne Fraser, Steelworkers Ontario and Atlantic Director

    McGuinty's Liberals didn't wait to implement an immediate 25% wage
increase for well-heeled politicians yet have no qualms imposing wait times on
Ontario's poor.
    - Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario

    The Premier has announced that climate change is the issue for our
generation, but so far the all the government has really embraced is recycling
- of old promises.
    - Hugh Mackenzie, Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives, Ontario
Alternative Budget

    Today's announcement (for child care) is a far cry from the $300 million
promised almost four years ago.
    - Elizabeth Ablett, Executive Director of the Ontario Coalition for
Better Child Care.





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