Dishonest McGuinty budgeting betrays working families

    TORONTO, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - NDP Leader Howard Hampton today issued the
following statement regarding today's economic announcement by the McGuinty
    "Across Ontario, people are waiting. Families are waiting in emergency
rooms for the health care they need. The seniors who built this province are
waiting for property tax relief that will let them stay in their homes.
Children with autism are languishing on waiting lists for the care they need.
    "All these people are waiting because Dalton McGuinty has turned his back
on today's working families. He said he would deliver change but hasn't come
through. He broke his promises.
    "Today, I was deeply troubled to learn why Mr. McGuinty is making people
wait. He did it so he could try to bribe people with their own money before an
election. For four long years, Mr. McGuinty deliberately misled Ontario
families about the province's finances so he could use our tax dollars to
finance a pre-election vote-buying spree.
    "Mr. McGuinty got it wrong. New Democrats will make it right. We will
deliver a fair deal for today's working families. Instead of wasting your
money on MPP pay raises, slush fund handouts and pre-election vote-buying
sprees, we'll deliver balanced budgets, fair taxes and investments that make a
difference for people, like the fair deal for municipalities we announced this
week that will mean lower property taxes, a two-year transit fare freeze and
an end to service cuts."

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