McGuinty refuses to tell the truth about his broken promise tax increase
TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Dalton McGuinty likes to remember 2003 right up
to the point he was elected.
Dalton McGuinty's favourite excuse for breaking his promise not to raise
taxes is the previous government.
But that simply doesn't match up with the facts.
Fact: On June 3, 2003, Dalton McGuinty's finance critic admitted that
McGuinty's team knew months before the election there was the risk of a
deficit (Standing Committee on Estimates, Hansard, June 3, 2003).
Fact: Dalton McGuinty repeated his promise not to raise taxes several
times AFTER receiving the report from Erik Peters on October 29, 2003.
"...this new government made a commitment to maintain personal income
tax rates at the current level. Legislation will be introduced to
keep that commitment" (Speech from the Throne, November 20, 2003).
"We're not going to raise taxes. That's just not on the table"
(Sudbury Star, November 21, 2003).
"I just don't believe that Ontario families should have to pay the
price.... I'm not prepared to encumber them with further taxes"
(Hansard, December 17, 2003).
Fact: And just three weeks before, the May 18, 2004 budget
Dalton McGuinty went on Focus Ontario and said, "Well, what we've said
all along, I am very clear about this, is that we're not going to be
raising taxes." (Focus Ontario, April 24, 2004).
Fact: On May 18, 2004, Dalton McGuinty raised taxes by as much as
$900 per person.
Dalton McGuinty has broken his promise to the people of Ontario
repeatedly. He just can't be trusted.
A John Tory government will eliminate Dalton McGuinty's so-called
"health" tax and invest $8.5 billion in Ontario's health care system.
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For further information: Mike Van Soelen, (647) 722-1760