THE SESSION – ONTARIANS DISAPPOINTED BUT HOPE LIES AHEAD: HUDAK

“Government has become too big, too expensive and needs to focus on what it should be doing in a regulatory, supervisory role.”
– Tim Hudak in The Sarnia Observer, June 14, 2012

QUEEN’S PARK – Ontarians who sent their MPPs to Queen’s Park to create conditions for job growth and rein in runaway government spending will be disappointed at the Legislative session now ended, as their message to the government was again ignored, PC Leader Tim Hudak said today.

“But I remain hopeful,” Hudak said. “Ontarians are increasingly aware that every day’s delay just digs Ontario into a deeper hole – and as a result there is now growing public consensus that our province is a ‘tipping point’ and that we need urgent action.”

Hudak said he and his PC Caucus colleagues have been working hard to harness this momentum for change, which surfaces now on a near-daily basis during their For Jobs and Our Economy tour events across the province – which have drawn more than 1, 000 participants to date.

“More and more Ontarians we meet agree that our province is on the wrong path, and that major change will be needed to avert a $30 billion deficit, even higher unemployment and another credit downgrade,” Hudak said.

“They agree too that we can turn our province around – as we have in tough times before – but that we’ll need swift and bold action now to avoid even more difficult choices down the road.”

Unfortunately, Hudak said, the government took a deteriorating economic picture this session and made it worse, by shelving the Drummond report on how to avoid a $411 billion deficit, tabling a tax-and-spend budget that was almost immediately dismissed by credit rating agencies, presiding over the 65th straight month in which Ontario lagged Canada in job creation and voting down Ontario PC legislation to freeze salaries in our bloated public sector.

“Yet despite it all, I’m optimistic” Hudak said. “Our PC plan to get our fiscal house in order and get the economic fundamentals right is gaining public recognition and support as the right path for Ontario to take in pulling out of this mess.”

That plan includes balancing the budget to encourage businesses to expand and hire, lowering taxes on job creators, treating affordable energy as a cornerstone of economic growth, ending corporate welfare and freezing public sector salaries to save $2 billion, Hudak added.

“Better days are ahead for Ontarians,” Hudak concluded. “And it’s a big step forward when they agree on what needs to be done. The challenge now is to get on with the job.”