QUEEN'S PARK, ON, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Experts agree that today's Ontario
Liberal budget creates jobs and helps people in their everyday lives:
SID RYAN, PRESIDENT, ONTARIO FEDERATION OF LABOUR
"I don't think [the NDP] should call an election. I don't think they
should bring down the government. Labour leaders have spoken to Andrea
a couple of weeks ago, and we relayed that message that we think now is
an opportunity to get some decent gains for our people in Ontario."
CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
"The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to
see movement on some small business priorities in today's Ontario
budget, including pooled registered pension plans (PRPPs), the Employer
Health tax (EHT) exemption and plans to eliminate the provincial
Derek Burleton, Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group
"A lower debt than we expected five, six weeks ago and a lower deficit,
so good starting point at least in which we tackle the next four years
Kevin O'Dwyer, President, Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
"We have seen a new tone of openness and collegiality in this new
government. We saw this in the recent negotiations with teacher
federations and we see this again with the Ontario budget. Clearly the
government has listened to the opposition and to Ontarians in crafting
this budget. It shows what can be accomplished if people and parties
focus on making minority government work for the common good of all
FRANCES LANKIN, COMMISSIONER, COMMISSION FOR THE REVIEW OF SOCIAL
ASSISTANCE IN ONTARIO
"We all know how important it is for people on social assistance to have
the opportunity to find meaningful employment. Giving people the
chance to earn more without lowering their assistance is a major first
step. I am also pleased that the government plans to engage business
leaders to champion hiring persons with disabilities."
MUNIR A. SHEIKH, COMMISSIONER, COMMISSION FOR THE REVIEW OF SOCIAL
ASSISTANCE IN ONTARIO
"I am pleased with the first steps being proposed by the government to
improve the social assistance program. The Commission also recommended
the structure of the program be fundamentally transformed. I am
encouraged this transformation will continue to be on the agenda of the
new Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction."
Russ Powers, President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario
"The government has indicated an accountability and transparency to move
forward on dealing with gridlock...I think this is a good start."
Smokey Thomas, President, OPSEU
"I don't see it as an election budget."
Constance Adamson, President, Ontario Confederation of University
"We're pleased to see that youth and youth employment are priorities for
Graham Henderson, President, Music Canada
"Music is a superpower that's primed and ready to perform for Ontario.
It's a smart investment given the globally competitive advantage we
have in the recorded and live music sectors. Research has shown that
targeted support for music will pay off with enormous dividends
including job growth, increased investment, tourism and the
transformation of Ontario into one of the recording capitals of the
Kaley Kennedy, Canadian Federation of Students
"We are happy to see that the government will be spending some money on
a youth employment strategy"
Sarah Blackstock, 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction
"We think this budget is an opportunity to continue reducing poverty in
Ontario. We are really eager to see the opposition parties work with
the government to ensure that we continue making progress"
Julia Deans, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Youth Business foundation
"CYBF is delighted that the Ontario government is affirming and
deepening its commitment to help young entrepreneurs create businesses
and jobs in their communities."
Steve Jordan, founder and Executive Director, Polaris Music Prize
"The new Ontario Music Fund is a welcome investment in Ontario's music
industry and in our world class cast of talented artists and
musicians. We look forward to learning more about the program and how
we can work with the government to build on the entrepreneurial spirit
in the music community."
Gil Moore, CEO, Metalworks Group
"On behalf of our 85 employees at Metalworks, I wish to congratulate the
Government of Ontario for its commitment to maintaining a vibrant music
industry. As a result of today's announcement, the industry will get a
much needed boost in the arm…Today is a great day for music in
SARAH JAYNE KING, CHAIRPERSON, CANADIAN FEDERATION OF STUDENTS-ONTARIO
"Students welcome investments to address youth unemployment."
SOURCE: Liberal Caucus Service Bureau
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