April 02, 2011
We find ourselves once again in the middle of a very busy and very exciting year! We are now in the middle of a federal election that has been set for May 2 and our provincial government is moving ahead with a plan to reduce the deficit while protecting health and education and focusing on economic recovery that, to date, has recovered 91% of the jobs lost during the recession.
Minister Dwight Duncan presented our budget for the 2011/12 fiscal year on March 29, renewing our focus on eliminating the deficit while protecting education and health care.
This Budget contains new strategic investments to create and retain nearly 10,000 jobs; help farmers; add more than 60,000 new postsecondary spaces; expand breast cancer screening; improve children’s mental health services; and enhance pharmacy services and support to people covered under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, including seniors.
We are eliminating the deficit, while protecting education, health care and economic growth. Other approaches, such as reducing the HST, would require deep cuts to crucial public services, which would hurt families and the economy.
We have identified planned savings of nearly $1.5 billion across government, over the next three fiscal years. Also, a Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, chaired by respected economist Don Drummond, will advise on changes that would help us accelerate our plan to eliminate the deficit while still protecting education and health care.
You can review the budget here and call my office with any questions: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2011/
This budget is one more example of the long-term vision of our government. I continue to be proud to be a member of a government that can see beyond the next election and I will be running on that message during the upcoming provincial election this October.
Please call me any time if you have questions about the work our government is doing.