Tory defines vision for strong Toronto

    John Tory outlines plans for strong economy, fixing the municipal fiscal
    imbalance, safe communities, and helping those in need

    TORONTO, Sept. 14 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory today
addressed the Toronto Board of Trade and presented his agenda to strengthen
the economy and the social fabric in Toronto.
    "I believe we will never have a strong and prosperous Ontario without a
strong and prosperous Toronto," Tory said, "Our plan recognizes the need to
upload costs from the municipalities to the province. At the same time, I
believe all governments must be able to look the taxpayer in the eye and
assure them that every dollar is being spent as well as it can be. While I
believe that there has been some work done by the City under the Mayor's
leadership, I believe there is more to be done."
    Mr. Tory provided an overview of his plans to revive Toronto's and
Ontario's economy, and to reverse the erosion of competitive position that has
taken place under the Dalton McGuinty government.
    "We must work together to implement an economic strategy that maximizes
Toronto's potential. It is the only way to get the results that the people of
Ontario and the people of Toronto expect and deserve. We must ensure that we
have the business and taxation climate, the investment and regulatory
environment, as well as the fairness and equity we need to both attract
investment and jobs to our city, while strengthening its social fabric," said
    Mr. Tory also outlined his commitment to helping Toronto in its current
fiscal crisis. In particular he pointed out that the Ontario PC Party's
Leadership Matters plan includes commitments to:

    -   Invest $800 million in Ontario transit programs, including
        $150 million in year one, through the PC party's 'Truth in Taxes'
    -   Use a budgeted provincial surplus to begin the uploading of social
        services to municipalities based on ongoing municipal-provincial
        financial review;
    -   Put and end to 'catch-and-release' practices in the justice system
        that leave vulnerable families at risk;
    -   Provide more support for families and children in at risk-
        neighbourhoods and better partner with the City in delivering them;
    -   Provide stable long-term funding to Ontario's arts and cultural
    -   Provide more support for new Canadians so that they can succeed in
        their new home; and
    -   Renew challenged neighbourhoods, including improving public housing
        and providing more support for improved community facilities.

    "I passionately believe that if Toronto is to remain one of the world's
great cities, we have to do a better job of addressing the issues of crime,
poverty and isolation that leave so many families at risk." Tory concluded,
"We need new leadership if we are to put economic growth, community safety and
social progress back at the centre of our agenda. That's why leadership

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