Ontario Liberals Support Jobs In Southwestern Ontario

New, Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Fund Set To Create More Jobs

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberals will create jobs, develop the local economy and attract new investment to communities in Southwestern Ontario said Premier Dalton McGuinty today.

"These are uncertain times, and families in Southwestern Ontario have felt the effects of the global recession close to home," McGuinty said.  "That's why we're introducing a new fund — modelled on the success of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and Eastern Ontario Development Fund — that will create jobs for Southwestern Ontario families."

The new Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Fund will help create jobs, expand economic opportunities and attract new investment to our communities.  Ontario Liberals would invest $80 million over four years in the fund.  Consultations will begin this fall to ensure the fund meets the specific economic needs of Southwestern Ontario communities.

"The Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Fund will bring immense benefit to our region," said Serge Lavoie, President of the Southwestern Economic Alliance (SWEA). "I'm pleased to see this commitment to jobs and opportunity for the 2.5 million people of our region, from Windsor to Guelph and beyond."

The Hudak PCs have a $14 billion hole in their platform — that means deep cuts that will put our economy, education and health care at risk.  The Hudak PCs don't believe in investing in job creation.  When we took action to save hundreds of thousands of jobs in the auto sector, Hudak's PCs called it "corporate welfare" and would have chosen to cut people loose.

The Horwath NDP have said they oppose the Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Fund.  They would further put Ontario jobs at risk by introducing a crushing $9 billion in job-killing taxes.

Both opposition parties would take Ontario off track at the worst time.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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