By MPP Toby Barrett
To The Haldimand Press
Ontario’s recently-released budget for 2019-2020 is focused on what is important:
- The need to restore accountability, sustainability, and trust in government;
- The need to restore confidence in Ontario’s finances and reduce the debt burden;
- The need to protect the critical public services we hold most dear, including our world-class health care and education systems; and,
- The need to make Ontario the best place to do business, a place where jobs and prosperity can reach every corner of our province.
This year’s budget is a plan that continues us down the road to fiscal sustainability, while protecting what matters most. The budget plan will build on over 200 initiatives the provincial government has implemented over the past 10 months. From day one, putting more money in people’s pockets has been the top priority when creating policy.
One of the first orders of business was to cancel the job-killing cap-and-trade carbon tax. Scrapping the tax was providing an annual savings to each household of $260, and overall business savings of $880 million a year. All of that, of course, was reversed on April 1, when the federal government imposed their carbon tax on Ontario.