Pettapiece casts vote against “reckless” Liberal budget bill

May 17, 2017

(Queen’s Park) – Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece joined his PC Caucus colleagues today in voting against the Liberal budget bill.

“It’s a reckless budget, and I cannot support it,” said Pettapiece. “It makes life harder for families and taxpayers now. It also piles crushing debt on future generations.”

Prior to the budget, the PC Caucus called for a real plan to pay down debt; scrapping the Green Energy Act; putting an immediate moratorium on school closures; and reining in executive salaries. The Liberal government did not adopt any of these ideas.

Pettapiece acknowledged the budget does include some welcome support for healthcare, for example. But the government has no credible plan to pay for these measures, he said.

He also pointed out that today’s vote was to endorse the budget as a whole.

“As a whole, this budget is bad for the province and bad for Perth-Wellington,” Pettapiece said. “It’s really that simple.”

Pettapiece questioned the Liberals’ claim of a balanced budget, calling it “nothing but an illusion built on cash grabs, unauthorized pension assets, and the fire-sale of assets such as Hydro One.” He believes the government is hiding an operating deficit of over $5 billion that will very likely grow in future years.

Ontario’s debt will also soar to $312 billion, its highest level in history. That means taxpayers will be on the hook for $12 billion per year in interest payments alone – $1 billion per month. Today every person in Ontario owes roughly $22,000 plus interest.

The Liberals used their majority in the legislature to push through the budget bill. This afternoon, it passed by a vote of 53 to 44. Both opposition parties opposed it.

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