McGuinty's 'Don't Believe it Budget' fails working families

    QUEEN'S PARK, March 22 /CNW/ - NDP Leader Howard Hampton says Dalton
McGuinty's latest budget is a "Don't Believe It Budget" that fails today's
hard-working families.
    "This is Dalton McGuinty's Don't Believe it Budget. It's a litany of
empty gestures and pre-election promises from a chronic promise breaker. Don't
believe McGuinty and his promises. Take them with a grain of salt," Hampton
    "Even as they stand, Mr. McGuinty's promises fail working families.
Families get crumbs while people like disgraced Hydro One CEO Tom Parkinson
and Dalton McGuinty get all the gravy," he said.
    The NDP Leader said this budget's biggest failure is its failure to
address the needs and priorities of today's working families.
    "Dalton McGuinty is giving working families worthless promises that will
take five long years to phase in. That's two elections away. Today's families
deserve fairness today. That means a $10 minimum wage today, real action to
stop the clawback and end child poverty today, real action on family
priorities like long-term care, childcare, affordable housing, affordable
quality education and the environment today, and real action to sustain
Ontario's manufacturing and forestry jobs today," he said.
    At the end of the day, today's budget is just an election budget full of
promises. It's all about politics and trying to buy votes, not about fairness
for working families.
    "The news for today's hard-working families is this. When you wake up
tomorrow, and get your kids ready for school and you go to work, not much is
going to change. And that's a shame," Hampton said.

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