$26,090,133,647 in McGuinty promises



    PCs update McGuinty pre-election spending spree with 45 days to go until
    the election

    TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Dalton McGuinty has now made $26,090,133,647 in
spending announcements since he shut down the Legislature early so he could
embark on an unprecedented promise-making spree. This is equivalent to almost
30 percent of the entire annual budget for Ontario and more than the budgets
of all four Maritime Provinces combined.
    The Ontario PC Party has been closely monitoring Dalton McGuinty's
attempt to rent votes from taxpayers with their own money since he started his
pre-election promise-making spree. Since June 5 when Dalton McGuinty shut down
the Legislature saying "we've completed our agenda," he has made 270 spending
announcements in 81 days. Meanwhile he refuses to release an election
platform.
    "Dalton McGuinty wants everyone to forget about his woeful four years of
broken promises, mismanagement and scandal. Another promise-making spree won't
do that," said PC Leader John Tory. He has repeatedly called for Dalton
McGuinty to put a moratorium on government spending announcements before the
election. "He could have eliminated the so-called 'health tax' 10 times over,
in the amount that he has spent in three months."
    Since the McGuinty Liberals took office, Ontario's annual budget has
already grown by 33 percent - from $68.8 billion in 2003 to $91.3 billion now.
    Tory said: "Ontarians haven't forgotten what happened last time Dalton
McGuinty went around the province promising everything to everyone - he got
elected and brought in the biggest tax increase in Ontario's history. He must
think voters are stupid and they're going to buy this latest promise-making
spree."
    Tory will be attending numerous events around the GTA today and is
available for comment.




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