ETOBICOKE, ON, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - Tim Hudak, PC candidate for Niagara
West-Glanbrook, today called Dalton McGuinty to task for breaking his promise
to review the punitive so-called health tax. At a September 7th press
conference, Mr. McGuinty confirmed that he does not intend to review the need
for the 'Health Tax'.
"When asked about his promised review of the 2004 health tax,
Mr. McGuinty didn't say 'Ontario needs that money', or 'the government needs
that money', or - considering that he claims it's a 'Health Tax' - 'our health
care system needs that money'," said Hudak. "No, Mr. McGuinty said none of
these things. His response was, 'I need that money'. I would like to remind
Dalton McGuinty that the money is not his."
Hudak expressed support for the millions of hard-working taxpayers who
have paid the health tax, believing that the money would go to improving the
health care system. He noted that Dalton McGuinty cannot even guarantee that
the so-called 'Health Tax' goes to health care. Instead, Mr. McGuinty pools
'Health Tax' dollars into general revenue where they can be used to fund the
kind of year-end blow-outs and government waste that have characterized his
time in office.
Hudak reiterated his party's pledge to take immediate action to repeal
the health tax upon taking office and give more money back to the Ontario
residents who work hard to earn those dollars. He introduced the Dalton
McGuinty "I Need That Money" Machine which will tour the province to serve as
a reminder of Dalton McGuinty's signature broken promise.
"Dalton McGuinty does not need that money," Hudak concluded, "But I will
tell you who does - the kids learning in portables, the farmers struggling to
make ends meet, the patients on months-long waiting lists, and the families in
at-risk communities living in fear of violent crime. All of these people need
the Health Tax money far more than Dalton McGuinty. It's time Ontario had a
Premier who respects their hard-earned dollars and uses those dollars to
improve their quality of life."
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