Tory calls on McGuinty to stop the slush-fund style spending in lead up
QUEEN'S PARK, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Party Leader John
Tory today said it's clear Dalton McGuinty didn't learn a thing from the slush
fund scandal and it's time to put a moratorium on government spending
announcements until after the election campaign.
"It's seems these days that there's magic McGuinty money falling from the
sky," said Tory. "Taxpayers have a right to know where all this money is
suddenly appearing from and why it wasn't in Dalton McGuinty's budget a few
months ago. It's a blatant election ploy and it's the same reckless approach
to taxpayers' money that we saw with the slush fund scandal."
Tory called on Dalton McGuinty, who has yet to put out an election
platform, to stop his multi-billion-dollar pre-election spending spree by
putting a moratorium on any new government spending. Since the Legislature
rose on June 5 and Dalton McGuinty said "we've completed our agenda," he has
announced $24,824,244,405 in spending.
"If he wants to make election promises - and we all know the value of a
McGuinty promise - then he should put it in a written platform," said Tory.
"Dalton McGuinty should be called on to answer two basic questions about every
one of his $25 billion in election promises: Why have you waited until the
very end of a four-year term to do this and where is the money coming from?"
"The one thing we know for sure is Dalton McGuinty is spending taxpayers'
money," said Tory. "We're just not sure if it's money he's already taken out
of their pockets or, more likely, that he's planning to treat Ontarians like
an ATM machine again and ask them for more."
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