NDP Vote Against Help for Children

    TORONTO, April 10 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario NDP chose to put politics
ahead of children and vote against the 2007 Budget.
    "Howard Hampton can say whatever he wants but the McGuinty Liberals have
been working hard to make progress on behalf of families. Howard Hampton's NDP
are standing in the way and voting against help for families," Liberal MPP
Dwight Duncan said today.

    Today the NDP voted against:

    -   a new Ontario Child Benefit
    -   Increasing Ontario Disability Support and Ontario Works benefits by
        two per cent
    -   Increasing the minimum wage to $10.25 an hour by 2010
    -   Enhancing child care through an additional $25 million in 2007-08 and
        $50 million in ongoing support in 2008-09
    -   Launching new affordable housing initiatives

    Here is what Gail Nyberg, Executive Director of the Daily Bread Food Bank
had to say about the McGuinty Liberal budget:
    "It's been a long time since poverty reduction measures were at the
forefront of a provincial budget in Ontario. We congratulate the government
for having the courage to take on this significant issue, and we expect to see
a reduction in food bank use in the coming years as a result. The Ontario
Child Benefit will reduce barriers faced by families with children who are
trying to leave welfare for work. At the same time, it will help reduce child
poverty and hunger." (March 27, 2007)
    "The McGuinty Liberals are working hard to turn around the years of NDP
and Tory damage. We have a balanced budget that helps Ontario children with a
new Ontario Child Benefit. This budget boosts investments in our schools, our
hospitals and our communities," said Duncan. "To vote against this progress
shows the NDP is putting politics ahead of Ontario's children."

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For further information: Christine McMillan, (416) 325-3670

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