ONTARIO GOVERNMENT MINISTERS DEFEND BUDGET

Jul 15, 2014

By Scott Walker

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The Ontario budget is now officially up for debate.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa re-introduced the financial plan in Queen’s Park late yesterday afternoon. It’s the same budget he introduced in May that triggered the election.

This time, the Liberal majority will ensure the budget will pass.

Opposition parties are warning the $12.5-billion deficit will force the government to cut programs and services. But Treasury Board President Deb Matthews is one of the government ministers doing the media rounds this morning defending the financial plan. She says her job will be to find efficiencies in all government departments, the same way she did as Health Minister.

The Liberals maintain their majority win in the election was an endorsement of the budget, because they campaigned on it. It contains an Ontario Pension Plan that is expected to go into effect in 2017. The government will also inject $29-billion in infrastructure spending, more than half of it in the Toronto-Hamilton area.

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