PC platform responsibly costed and achievable

    Tory contrasts his approach with McGuinty's reckless $27 billion promise-
    making spree

    QUEEN'S PARK, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Party Leader John
Tory today personally detailed his Party's fiscal plan and demonstrated that
the Leadership Matters platform is affordable and achievable. The costing is
the most comprehensive ever released by an Ontario political party for an
election campaign.
    "This plan makes it very clear that our commitments are prudent,
affordable and achievable," said Tory. "Through this plan we clearly map out
how we will implement our platform while respecting Ontarians' tax dollars."
    The fiscal plan allows for significant investments in health care,
education, infrastructure and the elimination of Dalton McGuinty's so-called
"health tax".
    Tory committed to have the full costing of the PC Leadership Matters plan
out for voters to review well in advance of the election. Today he kept that
commitment by releasing a 12-page costing document that is based on the fiscal
projections that were audited by the Auditor General, an independent officer
of the Legislature. Over the long-term, the PC fiscal plan is based on
prudent, realistic expectations of future growth.
    "This is the kind of accountable fiscal planning that I expected, and I
knew was expected of me, during my career in business," said Tory. "You do not
make commitments unless you know you have the means to pay for them. You do
not spend money you do not have. That is part of being a leader."
    Tory contrasted his approach with Dalton McGuinty who he challenged to
stop playing "peek-a-boo politics" and put his own election commitments in
writing. Dalton McGuinty has already made almost $27 billion in spending
announcements as part of a pre-election promise-making spree since adjourning
the Legislature early this past June, but has not released a plan for how he
will pay for it.
    Since 2003, Dalton McGuinty has increased government spending by 24
percent. At this rate, based on the Auditor-General's pre-election financial
report, another Dalton McGuinty government would have to increase taxes by
several billion dollars.
    "Dalton McGuinty is clearly unwilling or unable to control his urge to
outrageously overspend the hard-earned dollars of Ontario's taxpayers, as his
record as Premier shows," said Tory. "That's a central reason why we need a
new government at Queen's Park."

    For additional background information go to: www.ontariopc.com

For further information:

For further information: Brendan Howe, (416) 325-0412

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