Fact Check: McGuinty Liberals Deliver for Working Families

    NDP vote against $10.25 minimum wage

    TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Under the McGuinty Liberals, Ontario's minimum
wage increased every year since 2003. That's an increase from $6.85 to $8.00
per hour. This is good news for low-income families and makes Ontario's
minimum wage one of the highest in Canada.
    The minimum wage will continue to increase with annual increases bringing
it to $10.25 in 2010. That would be a 50% increase since 2003.
    The NDP voted against the minimum wage increase.
    McGuinty Liberals have also gone beyond just the minimum wage to help
low-income families. We brought in the new Ontario Child Benefit to help
1.3 million children, created 22,000 new affordable child care spaces, are
funding 35,000 new housing allowances and investing in 20,000 affordable
housing units.
    The NDP voted against the Child Benefit, against the child care spaces,
against the housing allowances, and against the new housing units.

    Now, only the McGuinty Liberals are prepared to take the next step in
moving Ontario families forward by:

    -   Setting indicators and targets to address child poverty
    -   Developing dental support services for low income families
    -   Implementing full day pre-school programs

    There is a reason that the Daily Bread Food Bank and the Campaign Against
Child Poverty have endorsed the Ontario Liberal plan for poverty reduction.

    "The Liberal platform throws down the gauntlet on poverty reduction.
Following on the heels of the Ontario Child Benefit, the platform further
demonstrates the Liberals' on-going commitment to reducing hunger and poverty.
Daily Bread challenges John Tory and Howard Hampton to match or exceed this
strong commitment with a poverty reduction strategy of their own."
    Gail Nyberg, Executive Director, Daily Bread Food Bank

    "The Ontario Child Benefit was a significant step forward for low-income
children in Ontario. The commitment to the creation of a poverty reduction
strategy is a very promising development in ensuring that all children across
the province have the opportunity to succeed. This is a program which deserves
the support of all political parties in this province."
    Rabbi Arthur Bielfeld, Campaign Against Child Poverty

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For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 961-3800 ext. 412,

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