Miller says $12b budget deficit not good enough, calls for ‘new team’ at QP – but only Horwath knows for sure if election June 12
QUEEN’S PARK — Will we — or won’t we — go to the polls June 12?
Only NDP Leader Andrea Horwath knows.
And she may let us know this morning when she responds to an NDP-friendly Liberal budget presented yesterday.
The government, unions and the public for the most part say no.
Meanwhile, Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller says yes.
In a news release in response to the budget, he said:
“It is astonishing to me that this government chooses to commit to even more new spending as the provincial deficit balloons to $12.5 billion.”
He said there were no surprises as the 2014 provincial budget was introduced in the Legislature. Much of the contents were previously leaked in April by ministry bureaucrats.
The 2014 spending plan confirmed that projected revenues are actually to be lower than previously predicted. Coupled with a higher than projected deficit, the government still maintains that the budget will be balanced by 2017-18.
“This government has a clear spending problem and it is concerning that they are willing to sacrifice another credit downgrade to avoid making difficult decisions or doing what is best for all Ontarians and future generations,” said Miller.
“At a time when there are over a million Ontarians who wake up every morning without a job, and the province runs an over $12 billion deficit, there needs to be a bold plan to move forward on the right path.”
He said: “It is disappointing that the new spending plan is more concerned with keeping the current government in power rather than taking the measures that are necessary to get Ontario back on the right track.”
The vote on the 2014 budget is set to take place during the month of May, and the government will need the support of the NDP in order to pass.
“Only the PC party has a plan to create jobs and get Ontario back on the track to prosperity.
“The Million Jobs Plan represents those steps. Now is the time to change the team that leads the province” ended Miller.
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