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Thursday, February 13, 2014

110 + Cuts! Ontarians Give Ottawa Failing Grade! How Do Cuts Affect You?

Ontario Calls on Federal Government For Fairness!

February 11 the Federal Government issued the 2015 Budget press release. Here is the Ontario Government reaction to the budget. What do you think? Have your say in the comments below, or join the conversation on Facebook.
February 12, 2014  from Office of the Premier:

Premier Kathleen Wynne called on the federal government to stop taking actions that hurt the people of Ontario.
Quick Points:
  • Cuts by the federal government since 2006 have cost Ontario billions of dollars, and will continue to cost the province billions going forward. 
  • In previous years, the federal government protected other provinces against declines in transfer payments. For the first time this year, the federal government has refused to provide funding when Ontario is hit. 
  • In 2013-14, Ontario plans to spend about $13 billion on infrastructure investments in the province. 
image Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario wearing pearls, glasses,red shirt
Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario
The new budget is yet another example of the federal government making arbitrary decisions that hurt Ontarians. - Kathleen Wynne
In its budget Tuesday, the federal government cut $641 million in transfers that help support programs the people of Ontario rely on. This cut is in addition to the more than 110 actions the federal government has taken since 2006 that have hurt people and businesses across Ontario.

Cuts Made By Feds - Overview

image Canadian Federal Funding Cuts Info Graphic 1. Pre-Natal Programs 2 Affordable Housing 3Climate Change Research 4Affordable Health Care 5Transit Funding + 110 More Ontario is footing the bill to protect services in important areas where the federal government has significantly reduced funding. image- multicoloured winding road.with scissors at each section
Canadian Federal Funding Cuts Info Graphic
In recent years, the federal government has eliminated funding for programs that Ontarians rely upon to create jobs and grow the economy. Cuts have  included:
  • health care, 
  • environmental protection, 
  • community safety, and 
  • skills development and training 
Ontario has stepped in to fill in the gaps to protect the high-quality programs and services the people of Ontario deserve. For example, the province is moving ahead on its own made-in-Ontario pension plan because the federal government unilaterally ended discussions towards any agreement on enhancing the Canada Pension Plan.

Ontario Says : Be Fair! Work with Us!

Charles Sousa
Charles Sousa  Minister of Finance
The federal government is shortchanging the people of Ontario and is penalizing us for being the leanest government in Canada. We had hoped that the federal government would have treated Ontarians more fairly and partnered with us to grow our economy and create jobs 
The province has been calling on the federal government to be fair to Ontario, and work collaboratively on key priorities including:
  • Enhancing the CPP so Ontarians can retire with dignity and security; 
  • Supporting development in the Ring of Fire to help create jobs and strengthen the economy; 
  • Providing predictable long-term transit and affordable housing funding so Ontario can build modern transit systems and support the province's most vulnerable people. 
We want to protect the world-class public services the people of Ontario expect and deserve, but we need the federal government to live up to its responsibilities. Protecting critical programs and services is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
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