TORONTO, May 29, 2011 /CNW/ - New Democrat Peter Kormos says Tim Hudak's Conservatives won't bring Ontario families the change they need.

"We need change in Ontario, but it has to be change that puts people first," said Kormos. "We need change that helps families pay the bills, get a doctor when they need one and create and protect good jobs. Andrea Horwath can deliver that change. Tim Hudak can't."

"The only good ideas we saw today were taken from Andrea Horwath - taking the HST off hydro and home heating," he added.

The Conservative plan won't help people who need a break right now:

  • Hudak's tax schemes will give the most to people who need help the least. Income splitting, like the kind proposed by Stephen Harper's Conservatives, gives 61 per cent of the benefit to households with incomes of $100,000. A single parent earning $50,000 a year will not receive a single penny while households with $150,000 incomes or higher get an average tax break of $2,000 a year. One million families won't benefit at all. (CCPA policy note on Income Splitting,

  • Hudak's plan for jobs looks a lot like McGuinty's: a massive no-strings-attached corporate tax giveaway that rewards companies by providing billions in tax breaks even when they lay people off. Job-creating investments have fallen even while companies have been given billions in corporate tax cuts (Globe and Mail, April 6, 2011) and sectors that have received the most on tax breaks over the last year, like the financial sector, have actually cut jobs.

  • Hudak talks tough on investing in front-line health care but he's refused to put a hard cap on inflated CEO salaries in our hospitals.

"People will have a real choice in the coming election," said Kormos. "They deserve change that makes their lives more affordable, protects good jobs and reliable healthcare."

SOURCE NDP Caucus Services

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