Ontario Conservatives call for cuts to infrastructure spending

    Conservative cuts would mean jobs lost in Waterloo Region

    QUEEN'S PARK, April 1 /CNW/ - Ontario Conservative leadership frontrunner
Tim Hudak would cut the construction projects in Waterloo Region that are
giving jobs to hundreds of Ontarians and putting food on their family's
    On TVO's The Agenda, Hudak pledged to cut spending on new infrastructure
in Ontario communities, referencing the recent budget announcement of $32.5
billion in new investments over the next two years.
    "This $32.5 Billion spend that they're going to do (on infrastructure)...
I don't think that's the right approach. It's too much," Hudak said. (TVO's
The Agenda, March 31, 2009)
    Liberal Deputy Premier George Smitherman (Toronto Centre) says Hudak
represents the same old reckless Harris-Conservative agenda.
    "This is vintage Mike Harris, and it's no April Fool's joke. The old
Conservatives are back at it, their only solution is to cut, cut, cut," said
Smitherman. "These projects are win-win. They create jobs today for Waterloo
Region families, and they improve our quality of life down the road."
    The Conservative cuts would mean killing badly needed local
infrastructure projects in Waterloo Region like:

    -   New Cancer Centre at the Grand River Hospital

    -   Restructuring at St. Mary's General Hospital

    -   Local road, water and sport infrastructure

    -   School renewal projects like new boilers, roofs and windows

    "Our $32.5 Billion investment will create and support 300,000 jobs across
Ontario. It's Ontario workers building our hospitals, schools, roads and
bridges. Putting those people out of work is the wrong thing to do,"
Smitherman said.

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