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TORONTO – Ontarians deserve a province offering more jobs, growth and opportunity than we have today. But to make it happen, government needs to live within its means and follow a plan to grow more good jobs, PC leader Tim Hudak said today.
“Over the past decade, a series of deliberate decisions by the Liberals created the problems we face today,” Hudak said. “But we’ve recovered from past jobs and spending crises – and we can do it again.
“We’ve put forward bold ideas to stop the overspending and balance our books, so we can afford to tackle priorities for Toronto and Scarborough like bottlenecks in our roads and transit.”
The economic heart of Ontario – the GTHA – has clogged arteries, costing us $6 billion a year in lost productivity, Hudak said. “But tolls and taxes should be a last resort – not a first impulse.
“We have an obligation to show that every dollar taxpayers send us is wisely spent first. Only by restructuring the way government operates and spends can we afford the things we care about – like highways and subways.”
But we can’t just cut our way to prosperity, Hudak cautioned: “We need to grow our economy too, with lower taxes, more affordable energy, rooting out a thicket of red tape and ensuring employers are no longer tied down by inflexible labour laws.
“If you believe the province is on the right track when it comes to today’s record levels of wasteful overspending, there are two parties on offer – the Liberals and NDP,” Hudak said.
“But if you believe we need to reduce spending to balance our budget, and restore confidence in our economy to create jobs, there is only one.”