Ontario budget fails manufacturing and forestry - Steelworkers

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - The Ontario Liberal government failed again
today in its budget to take serious action to deal with the crisis in
manufacturing and forestry, said United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser.
    New budget initiatives for the sector were limited to small-scale
corporate tax cuts and training programs to be offered to around 20,000 of the
200,000 Ontario workers who have lost their jobs in manufacturing and
forestry, Fraser said.
    "Once again, Premier Dalton McGuinty has refused to consider the kinds of
significant steps that could reverse the damage," Fraser said. "Working
families and hard-hit communities are being left to struggle on their own."
    The budget even fails to follow through on modest suggestions from the
premier's own hand-picked adviser on manufacturing, David Ramsay, whose
recommendations were quietly slipped into the budget's supporting documents,
but not acted on.
    The budget documents call on the federal government to extend to Ontario
an existing Investment Tax Credit for manufacturing firms in the Atlantic
provinces. However, Ontario refuses to follow the lead of such provinces and
Quebec and Manitoba and institute its own investment tax credit.
    McGuinty also has ignored calls for "buy Canadian" rules to ensure that
provincial infrastructure spending benefits manufacturing workers in Canada
and Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Wayne Fraser, (416) 243-8792 or (416) 577-4045;
Charles Campbell (USW Research Head), (416) 544-5970 or (416) 597-1660

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