Federal Budget Must Deliver Fairness For Ontario

    Ontarians Deserve Fair Funding for Essential Public Services

    QUEEN'S PARK, March 15 /CNW/ - The March 19 federal Budget is an
opportunity for the federal government to address Ontario's fairness concerns,
Ontario Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Marie Bountrogianni said today.
    "Right now federal transfers short change Canadians living in Ontario,"
said Bountrogianni. "The federal government has indicated they accept the
legitimacy of our concerns. The budget is the time to act."
    Ontario's fairness campaign has delivered real results for the people of
Ontario. On March 6, Premier Dalton McGuinty and Prime Minister Harper
announced over $1.5 billion in new federal investment in Ontario for public
transit and the environment. The funds for public transit matched previous
investments by Ontario.
    The announcement of spending on the environment indicated the federal
government is increasingly committed to delivering federal transfers on a per
capita basis, which has been Ontario's key demand.
    "The March 6 announcement was a step toward fairness," said
Bountrogianni. "But it's only a first step. The federal Budget needs to make
more progress toward fairness in areas that are important to Ontarians."
    For more than two years Premier McGuinty has highlighted unfair federal
funding practices.
    Ontarians from across the province have stood united behind Ontario's
fairness campaign. Business, labour, public sector, municipal and non-profit
leaders recently wrote to federal finance minister Jim Flaherty supporting
Premier McGuinty's call for fairness. More than 120 Ontario municipalities
have passed similar resolutions.
    "It's time for fairness for all Canadians," said Bountrogianni. "We want
to see a budget that treats all Canadians fairly, including those living in

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For further information:

For further information: Andrew Chornenky, Minister's Office, (416)
212-2276; Erika Botond, Communications Branch, (416) 325-3558

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