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2012-04-24 at 13:09

Budget passed

By Jeff Labine,
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Ontario’s Liberal minority government has passed its budget and avoided going back to the polls.

The budget passed on Tuesday thanks to the support of the NDP who abstained, but allowed the Liberals to out vote the Progressive Conservatives 52 to 37 and avoid a second election in less than a year.

There was little doubt the budget motion would pass after Premier Dalton McGuinty agreed to the NDP leader Andrea Horwath’s demand to impose a two per cent point surtax on incomes more than $500,000.

The Liberals calculate the surtax on what the NDP call the "ultra wealthy" will bring in $470 million a year, all of which McGuinty said would go towards the $15.2 billion deficit.

McGuinty also said "the NDP surtax" would be scrapped when the budget is balanced in 2017-18.

The Tories had vowed to reject the budget as soon as it was introduced, complaining it did not reduce government spending or do anything to help create jobs.

MPP Bill Mauro (Lib. Thunder Bay – Atikokan) said it’s now all done and they can move forward.

“The budget has been what most people have been concerned about,” Mauro said. “All that money will go onto the deficit to bring us back to a balance budget. I think what a fair move is to ensure that we don’t go back to the polls. It’s a minority government and I think people would have been very angry with all parties especially the two opposition parties if they forced us into an election.”

Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle said the help of the NDP has helped to make a better budget. Gravelle praised the work both parties were able to accomplish and expressed his support of the $20 million transition funding for northern and rural healthcare.

Gravelle said Ontarians wanted the two parties to work together and not trigger another election.

“To me this is an example of the good that can be done in a minority government,” Gravelle said. “I’m am very disappointed that the Conservatives chose to sit on the sidelines. I think Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak position of rejecting the budget even before it was present and not even engage in discussion was irresponsible.”

With the budget passed, Gravelle said he can now move ahead with consultants and talk to stakeholders.

MPP Sarah Campbell (NDP, Kenora – Rainy River) said they listened to what people had to say and worked to improve the budget. She said her party won serious and important concessions including $20 million for northern and rural healthcare and a tax on the province's highest earners.

She said that made things fairer.

“Today we sent a message that this government is on probation,” Campbell said. “We do not like the budget, but we gained significant concessions to make it a little fairer. We did not vote in favour of the budget, but we did not defeat the government today because the people of this riding and across the province told us very clearly to work to strengthen the budget but not to force an election.”

With files from the Canadian Press


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hockeyskates says:
Now comes the heavy lifting. Every single job cut is followed by a press conference, a news story, and a protest.

The Primary and High school teachers are the biggest nut to crack, and they don't crack easily.

The Doctor's are the next biggest nut to crack. They are well organized and they have come to enjoy their $363,000 a year average incomes.

I recall standing at Queens Park with 50,000 other protesters when Harris was Premier. Those days could return.

4/24/2012 1:56:50 PM
Papercut says:
Yes the Physician's well funded lobby group as well as the overtly powerful teachers lobby will do their best to stomp, kick, and scream so that the Premier leaves their sandboxes alone. Look for cuts to social services to the poor...they do not have anyone to stand up for them.

4/24/2012 2:05:05 PM
hockeyskates says:
Very true
4/24/2012 2:40:33 PM
Delbert Grady says:
A very weak move by Andrea. Im disappointed in her.

Now, Ontario has the loser government (and budget) it deserves.

Since talk of the budget began, the media, letters to the editors, etc.. has been full of boo-hoo stories by those who think their government positions are so important.

Ive personally been sadistically enjoying the lefty weasels squirming and scurrying like cockroaches and someone just turned on the lights.

Ontario is on welfare, and the Alberta welfare payments will be getting lighter because Redford is spending like McGuinty did.

Watching the left suffer is enjoyable in an "I told you so" sort of way.
4/24/2012 3:56:10 PM
DougMyers says:
Once again, agreed.

Hudak made the fast move to denounce the budget and say openly they will not support it. this left Andrea and the NDP hold the bag. if they do not support it, they cause the election, if they do, they have no spine. Andrea chose the later.

She had a chance to be a true leader here, instead the pressure beat her.

What does a tax on the rich do for the people she says she represents?

The people in the lower tax brackets will get nothing from this move.

Dalton called her bluff and she folded.
4/25/2012 8:36:39 AM
DazeofThunder says:
To me it sounds like the NDP were paid off to support the budget with the 2% increase on tax the wealthiest. But unfortunately that agreement is a short lived one because they think all we need that extra revenue for is to balance the budget and not help the ordinary citizen.
4/24/2012 4:42:56 PM
Papercut says:
The Doctor's Lobby has already launched it's floatilla: I saw two TV ads for the OMA (one of the Doc's lobby groups) within an hour.

They are trying to build public support for the upcoming face-off for more cash from the government.

I am getting my popcorn...gonna be a good show.
4/24/2012 7:57:37 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Money is to Politicians as Heroin is to Junkies.
4/25/2012 7:53:16 AM
yqtyqt says:
Very well put Badger. You're bang on with the analogy.

And we have MAJOR junkies at Queens park.

I don't understand the purpose of the Drummond report if you don't adopt all of the measures. Today, dalton and dwight will announce that even with the new found savings from the additional taxation on the wealthy, the province will only slightly reduce the annual deficit resulting from overspending. It should be noted that the accumulated deficit will still increase this year and Ontarians will still pay over $1,000 annually for every man, woman and child in interest charges on the spending addiction that the Ontario Libs have (or as you put it, the heroin addiction).

Drummond was commissioned as a non political expert on how the gov't can get its finances under control. But dalton doesn't have the political backbone to adopt all of the recommendations. Curiously enough, he has left in the all day daycare run by the education system. Did I tell you that daltons wife is a teacher?
4/25/2012 9:32:30 AM
Big Joe Mufferaw says:
If this was your home budget you would be kicking yourself for not paying the bills or for spending beyond your means. This isn't about the government or governments, it's about the fiction and allure of lower taxes. The bottom line for us as a country and as a province and in our own homes, if we want quality services, we have to pay for them. I'd be glad to pay the extra taxes if I was earning over half a million...I'm not and many of us wish we were...the proof is in the weekly lottery ticket sales...let's tell the government what services we want the same way we tell the waiters in the restaurants and the mechanics in the auto shop and stop kicking the doctors and the teachers around for doing a job we can't do or don't want to do or wouldn't do if they gave us a million bucks to do it.
4/25/2012 8:03:47 AM
DazeofThunder says:
Big Joe, I think you are mistaken, it is the mechanic and waiter/waitress jobs that nobody wants to do. They are the ones being kicked around. Our culture bends over backwards for doctors and as for teachers, they just happen to be on the bubble where the middle/lower class reside. The government always scrapes from the bottom first and will only touch the wealthy if they are left no choice....and even then it is with a tentative step they do so.
4/25/2012 9:12:26 AM
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