QUEEN'S PARK, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The experts agree that today's Ontario
Liberal budget is building opportunity today and security for now and
for our future:
DEREK BURLETON, DEPUTY CHIEF ECONOMIST, TD ECONOMICS
"You gotta give credit where credit's due: there are five years in a row
of beating their budget targets. The bigger-ticket initiatives are
long-term in nature or come at no direct cost to the government, like
SID RYAN, PRESIDENT, ONTARIO FEDERATION OF LABOUR
"From labour's perspective I can't see any reason why we would run away
from this budget and run the risk of allowing Mr. Hudak into the
premier's seat… We think this is a progressive budget and we think it
should be supported."
JOSH HJARTASON, VP- POLICY AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, ONTARIO CHAMBER OF
"We welcome the announcement as a significant step toward building the
necessary infrastructure that will allow for the development of the
Ring of Fire…We are renewing our call for the federal government to
match all provincial infrastructure spending in the Ring of Fire."
JERRY DIAS, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, UNIFOR
"Things like pensions, things like infrastructure spending, taking care
of child care, seniors, those are all things that have been, you know,
the backbone of the NDP's policies for years. I would expect that [the
NDP] would support [the budget]."
SUSAN ENG, VP - ADVOCACY, CARP CANADA
"The time is long past for debating whether we need a supplementary
pension plan…CARP members have been calling for just such a plan…The
proposed pension plan will benefit their children and grandchildren,
not themselves directly, but it is a ballot question for them."
ANDREA CALVER, COORDINATOR, ONTARIO COALITION FOR BETTER CHILDCARE
"There are a tremendous number of things in this budget that can do a
lot of good for people for child care staff for personal support
workers and for those with developmental disabilities. I remain
hopeful that the budget will pass and that we'll be able to make the
gains for child care workers and personal support workers."
ALAN COUTTS, PRESIDENT & CEO, NORONT RESOURCES LTD.
"Noront Resources Ltd. is pleased the Ontario government has proposed
$1.0 billion in spending for infrastructure in the Ring of Fire…This
infrastructure funding announcement is a vital milestone that will
improve the quality of life in remote communities, while enabling
development and prosperity in Northern Ontario."
RHONDA SEIDMAN-CARLSON, PRESIDENT, REGISTERED NURSES' ASSOCIATION OF
"The recent announcement to place 75 nurse practitioners in nursing
homes over the next three years is good news for Ontario's
seniors…[Moving Ontario Forward] is a very important health measure
that will reduce air pollution and gridlock in urban centres."
HELMUT PASTRICK, CHIEF ECONOMIST, CENTRAL 1 CREDIT UNION
"This kind of capital spending serves long term benefits. It can improve
productivity and enhances our capital base, both physical and human. It
is appropriate to engage in that kind of spending."
CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES
"Cliffs is encouraged by the Ontario government's announcement to pledge
$1 billion for infrastructure development in the Province's Ring of
Fire region. This is a positive development for Northern Ontario and we
will continue to monitor the government's progress. "
ONTARIO CONFEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY FACULTY ASSOCIATIONS
"Professors and academic librarians were pleased to see provisions in
the budget that will allow OCUFA to continue to develop options for
fair and sustainable pension plans at Ontario's universities."
PATRICK WHELAN, UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' COUNCIL PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF
"I'm very excited to see the $500 million for deferred maintenance for
existing infrastructure on campus."
IAIN KLUGMAN, CEO, COMMUNITECH
"Southern Ontario's innovation centres have the potential to form a
technology super cluster to rival any in the world, and high-speed rail
is exactly the kind of infrastructure we need to make it happen."
CARL ZEHR, MAYOR, CITY OF KITCHENER
"Improved rail transportation will be an economic game changer that will
have local, provincial and national impacts…Two-way all-day GO trains
or high speed rail will drive economic development and job creation,
enabling our region to attract and retain the talent necessary to
CRAIG HANEY, MANAGER - INNOVATIONS, CANADIAN TIRE
"A consistent 2-way train allows us an opportunity to book consistent
meetings and eliminate the cost and wasted time of car travel between
offices, connecting our offices in a more real and tangible way. "
ANITA KHANNA, ONTARIO CAMPAIGN 2000
"Eradicating poverty requires investments in effective policies and
programs, especially through periods of slow growth. These critical
investments in the OCB build on a successful poverty reduction track
SOURCE: Liberal Caucus Service Bureau
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