The Experts Agree McGuinty Government Investing in "Skills to Jobs" for all Ontarians

    QUEEN'S PARK, March 25 /CNW/ - Experts from all sectors agree that
today's Ontario Budget continues the progress the McGuinty Government has made
to date:

    Len Crispino, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

    "The provincial government has decided to take a prudent approach. By the
elimination of the capital tax, we think it is something that is going to be
very positive. The cost allowance will help bring some money back into the
pockets of companies.
    I think the investments in infrastructure badly needed for many, many
years we think that will help to stimulate some job creation. But quite apart
from that it will also send I think a very positive message to foreign
investors that are looking to invest in this province because to the extent
that you've got good infrastructure in place, the more likely is a foreign
investor to look at your province."

    Satinder Chera, Ontario Director, Canadian Federation of Independent

    "It's a balanced budget with no tax hikes, no wild spending and no
deficit. The big wins for independent businesses are the acceleration of the
Business Education Property tax cut in Northern Ontario, Capital Tax rebates
for manufacturers and firm commitments on regulatory reform."

    Merv Hillier, President and CEO, Certified Management Accountants of

    "The government has clearly taken the current warning signs seriously in
drafting the budget. It is refreshing to see the province adopt a prudent and
strategic approach to fostering economic growth, rather than a reckless
attempt by the government to try and spent its way to better economic

    Tyler Charlebois, Director of Advocacy, College Student Alliance

    "The McGuinty government has recognized that through the education and
training of our citizens, we can build a strong economy that will allow
Ontario to compete with the best in the world. Ontario possesses the human
capital to tackle this challenge and with today's commitments and investments,
Ontario will have a fighting chance."

    Kris Barnier, Co-Chair, Ontario Worst Roads Campaign and CAA Ontario

    "This budget clearly shows the Ontario government understands the need
for a multi-pronged approach to sustainable transportation."

    Doris Grinspun, Executive Director, Registered Nurses Association of

    "The commitment to take action on toxic substances and cancer causing
agents coupled with additional investment in public transit will help make
Ontario a safer place."

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