Jim speaks at Collingwood Chamber of Commerce power lunch
(November 14, 2013) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson and Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak are speaking out about Ontario’s growing deficit. Today, Wilson spoke at a power lunch hosted by the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce, while Hudak delivered the same message on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
“Ontario’s deficit will soon double that of the entire federal government,” said Wilson. “That threatens our ability to invest in health care, education and services all Ontarians depend on and deserve.”
Wilson is concerned that Kathleen Wynne and her NDP partners have saddled Ontario with the largest debt in this province’s history. Meanwhile, the federal government is on track for a $3.7-billion surplus in 2015-2016.
“Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has demonstrated that prosperity and job creation demand balanced budgets,” commented Hudak. “The Wynne Liberals are clearly headed in the wrong direction, working against the gains being made at the federal level.”
Wilson noted recent Statistics Canada data that reveals Ontario lost another 16,100 manufacturing jobs in October, making it the 82nd consecutive month that Ontario’s unemployment rate of 7.4% has been higher than the national average of 6.9%. During the same month, 24,000 employees were added to the public sector payroll.
“The people of Simcoe-Grey deserve a provincial government that can manage its own finances, put jobs first and welcome businesses that will create opportunities for our young people,” said Wilson. “It’s time to set Ontario up for success and that starts with changing the team that leads this province.”