TORONTO, March 27, 2012 /CNW/ - New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath says that the budget falls short on the challenges facing families but says New Democrats will be talking to Ontario families about the McGuinty Liberal Budget tabled today.
"For families worried about their jobs, their health and the growing cost of living this Budget falls short. We're going to be listening to the everyday people who will be affected by the Budget and we'll be putting their interests first in the days ahead," said Horwath. "We're committed to making this minority government work as long as it provides results for people."
For families focused on jobs, healthcare and the growing cost of everyday life, this Budget fails on key fronts. It lacks a plan to target tax relief to real job creators and will lead to the direct layoff of thousands of people in communities across Ontario. The budget does not make investments in home care, or outline a plan to control the growing costs of everyday essentials like electricity.
Horwath noted that the Budget has acknowledged New Democrat concerns about continuing with corporate tax giveaways.
"The government seems to be finally admitting that no-strings-attached corporate tax giveaways aren't creating jobs," said Horwath. "Unfortunately, the province has already blown billions on these handouts and plans to do more as soon as we have the money."
The NDP Leader said she and her caucus would be consulting families affected by the Budget. "Ultimately, it's up to Dalton McGuinty to decide whether he wants to make a minority government work or force an election. Our plan is to put people first," said Horwath.
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