Ontarians can't afford McGuinty's broken promise tax

    Tory will eliminate McGuinty's so-called 'health' tax to help families

    LONDON, ON, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory
today met with a London family struggling to pay Dalton McGuinty's so called
'health' tax and said Ontarians just can't afford to keep paying for his
broken promise.
    "Michelle and Paul Kolesnichenko are dealing with the same challenges
many Ontario families face," said Tory. "They're trying to pay the bills and
provide a good life for their children. The last thing they needed was for
Dalton McGuinty to break his promise and take more money out of their pockets
to fuel his wasteful spending."
    Tory and his wife Barbara Hackett joined several local PC candidates to
meet with Michelle and Paul Kolesnichenko in their West London home. The
Kolesnichenkos, who have an 11-year-old son and are expecting another child,
pay $600 per year in Dalton McGuinty's health tax. Meanwhile, Dalton McGuinty
feels he has so much extra money at Queen's Park that he gave $1 million to a
cricket association who only asked for $150,000.
    "Families like this just can't afford to pay for Dalton McGuinty's
reckless spending and complete abuse of tax dollars. That's why we're going to
eliminate this tax gradually and responsibly over four years," Tory said.
"Ontarians rightly expected Dalton McGuinty to keep his word when he promised
not to raise taxes. Not only did he go back on his word, he brought in the
largest and most unfair tax increase Ontario has ever seen."
    With Dalton McGuinty's tax, the less someone makes at work, the more they
are punished. A family with a taxable income of $25,000 has to pay 1.2% of its
income for the 'health' tax; a person earning $60,000 pays 1%; and a person
earning $100,000 pays 0.75%.
    Ontarians pay between $300 and $900 for Dalton McGuinty's so-called
'health' tax. Tory will phase out the tax, gradually and responsibly, over the
course of a PC government's mandate. At the same time, a PC government will
significantly increase health care investments so that, by the fourth year of
its mandate, health spending will be $8.5 billion more than the current annual
spending by the McGuinty Liberals.
    "Higher taxes hurt Ontario families, discourage investment in our
province, weaken our competitive advantage and stifle our economy," Tory said.
"Ontario was once a leader - people came from across the country and around
the world to learn how we managed our economy, healthcare and education. They
don't come as often anymore, and it's time we had a Premier who will restore
Ontario's economy and give taxpayers more of their hard earned dollars back to
spend on their own priorities."

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