QUEEN'S PARK, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - More experts agree that today's
Ontario Liberal budget creates jobs and helps people in their everyday
SONYA GULATI, SENIOR ECONOMIST, TD BANK FINANCIAL GROUP
"The government tabled an economic action plan of its own—an Ontario
economic action plan…On one particular point the Ontario government
paralleled a tax move to try and get manufactures building machinery
and equipment once again. That will spur and hopefully stimulate the
manufacturing economy a very important part of the Ontario economy."
DAVE COLES, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS
"This [budget] is proof that minority government can work to the
advantage of working people."
ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCATION
"Ontario's doctors were pleased that the 2013 Ontario provincial budget
reiterated its commitment to move ahead with the implementation of
several key initiatives including children's mental health, reducing
childhood obesity rates, the expansion of e-consultations, shifting
more routine procedures out of hospital and into clinics, and further
investments in home care and long-term care."
DOUG BROOKS, CEO, CERTIFIED GENERAL ACCOUNTANTS OF ONTARIO
"The Certified General Accountants of Ontario commends the government for
its recommitment to deficit elimination by 2017-18… It is promising to
see that program spending is projected to be less than one per cent for
the second year in a row and will remain at this level until the budget
NORM CHEESMAN, CEO, ONTARIO PUBLIC TRANSIT ASSOCIATION
"The commitment to new revenue tools and a permanent dedicated gas tax
in support of transit infrastructure contained in today's budget
demonstrates that public transit is a key priority. These new measures
will help alleviate traffic congestion, provide more efficient mobility
options and boost the economy, not only in the Greater Toronto and
Hamilton Area, but across the province of Ontario."
MICHAEL ROSCHLAU, PRESIDENT & CEO, CANADIAN URBAN TRANSIT ASSOCIATION
"We commend the government for its visionary leadership in support of
public transit. By supporting the concept of new revenue tools for
transit, the Minister of Finance is giving transit systems and
municipalities the resources they need to make a tangible difference in
DEBBIE FIELD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FOODSHARE TORONTO
"We are pleased to see exemptions to the first $200 earned
for those receiving Social Assistance as a first step in what we hope
will be other improvements. This will make a positive difference in the
lives of many people we work with who want the opportunity to take
on meaningful part time work without losing their benefits or
CHRIS LEWIS, COMMISSIONER, ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
"Issues of transportation and infrastructure, roads and bridges, that's
very important to what we do in Ontario, keeping the motoring public
safe. That all sounds very encouraging. Also, the discussion around
First Nation communities sounds very positive. Just the general sense
of a reduced deficit is encouraging to me as a taxpayer and as the
commissioner of a very large organization that is funded by the public
purse. It's all very encouraging."
FRANZ HARTMANN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TORONTO ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE
"We're really glad that the province has finally taken a significant
first step towards wanting to raise new revenue streams to raise new
revenues to pay for public transit expansion in the greater Toronto and
Hamilton Area… I hope whatever does happen all the political parties
follow the province and acknowledge that we need dedicated revenue
streams to pay for The Big Move"
KELLY GORMAN, SENIOR MANAGER, CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY (ONTARIO DIVISION)
"The budget reaffirms the government's commitment to skin cancer
MARCEL AUBUT, PRESIDENT, CANADIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
"Today is yet another example of how this government genuinely
understands the need for continued sport funding in Canada's most
populous province…On behalf of Canada's Olympic family, I would like to
thank Premier Wynne, Finance Minister Sousa and Minister Chan, the
Minister responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games, for their
ongoing commitment to sport, health and active living. This is good
news for Ontario and good news for Canada."
BONNIE M. PATTERSON, PRESIDENT & CEO, COUNCIL OF ONTARIO UNVERSITIES
"Action from government on youth employment will have a positive
influence on our ability to ensure students' success in the workplace."
SHIRLEE SHARKEY, PRESIDENT & CEO, SAINT ELIZABETH HEALTH CARE
"I am pleased to see the commitment of additional funding for home care.
I am confident about the positive impact these funds will have for
people receiving care in their homes."
ALYSHA LI, PRESIDENT, ONTARIO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT ALLIANCE
"We appreciate the government's commitment to working with youth to
design the Youth Jobs Strategy, and hope that it will address students'
employment needs in these areas."
GARTH WHYTE, PRESIDENT & CEO, CANADIAN RESTAURANT AND FOODSERVICES
"Restaurants are the number one provider of first jobs in Canada. No
other industry helps more students to pay their way through school or
works with more young people to develop valuable job skills. We look
forward to working with the Ontario government to increase youth
SID RYAN, PRESIDENT, ONTARIO FEDERATION OF LABOUR
"There are good things in this budget that I think we can work with in
labour, that I think the NDP can work with … Don't go pulling the plug
just to be politically opportunistic at this moment in time."
WARREN "SMOKEY" THOMAS, PRESIDENT, OPSEU
"Hats off on the insurance thing—if they can give everybody a little
break on car insurance that's a good thing."
SATINDER CHERA, VICE-PRESIDENT, ONTARIO, CANADIAN FEDERATION OF
"We saw some positive measures in today's budget, one being increasing
the threshold for the employer health tax. We also saw some language in
the budget regarding pooled retirement pension plans. We are certainly
grateful that the government is moving forward and consulting to make
that a reality in Ontario"
CANDICE MALCOLM, CANADIAN TAXPAYERS FEDERATION
"We decided to give it a passing grade because there were no new
taxes…and there was actually a slight reduction in payroll tax relief.
So that was good. When it came to the Drummond Report we learned that
the government has actually implemented about 60 per cent of the
Drummond Report which was something that our organization had been
calling to address."
RUSS POWERS, PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF MUNICIPALITIES OF ONTARIO
"Permanency of the two cents on the litre of the gas tax is great...It
will provide sustained funding for the municipalities...This is
JOSH HJARTARSON, VICE PRESIDENT, ONTARIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
"On transit, it's actually a lot of positive developments for us. We
represent chambers and boards of trade across the GTHA. They recognize
that infrastructure is one of the single biggest factors that drives
investment in this city."
DIANNE MARTIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, REGISTERED PRACTICAL NURSES
ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO
"The government's decision to increase home and community care funding
by an additional one per cent per year—on top of the four per cent
annual increase announced last year—is important, as it helps address
the need to provide Ontarians with the right care, at the right time,
in the right place."
ONTARIO HOSPITALS ASSOCATION
"Hospitals welcome the government's additional investments in community
and home care services. We believe that these investments are necessary
to improve patient care and reduce the number of patients who are
currently in hospitals who could be better served at home or in a
different health care setting."
DONNA RUBIN, CEO, ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF NON-PROFIT HOMES AND SERVICES
"The Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors
(OANHSS) was pleased to see new funding in today's Budget for long term
care homes. This investment will keep us moving forward but we are
continuing to see an increasing number of residents with heavy care
needs and mental health issues. We will continue to work with
government to ensure homes have the resources they need to provide
safe, quality care for residents."
KEVIN NORTON, CEO BIOX CORPORATION
"As the largest biodiesel producer in Canada, the implementation of a
renewable diesel mandate in Ontario would provide us with market
certainty right in our backyard and support the significant capital
investment we have made at our Hamilton facility."
TODD MOSER, VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, ROTHSAY
"We are pleased to see Ontario working towards a minimum renewable fuel
standard for diesel fuel marketed in the Province. A mandate would help
ensure Ontarians realize not only the strong economic benefits, but
also the environmental advantages that come from burning a cleaner more
sustainable fuel in the most populous and traffic congested region of
ALASTAIR SUMMERLEE, CHAIR, COUNCIL OF ONTARIO UNIVERSITIES
PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH
"Ontario universities endorse any effort by government to create new job
opportunities for our graduates in this economy, and to support our
innovators and entrepreneurs."
SOURCE: Liberal Caucus Service Bureau
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