Liberal Budget fails Huron-Bruce
QUEEN’S PARK – The Liberals’ 2016 Budget is putting a new tax on gasoline and home-heating that will make life more unaffordable for families and seniors across Ontario says Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce.
“All across my riding I’ve been hearing the same thing: the cost of living is too high. People are being forced to choose between heating and eating, and with this Budget, unfortunately there is not a break in sight,” said Thompson.
Included in the Budget is the Liberals’ proposed cap-and-trade scheme, which they say will only increase gasoline costs by 4.3 cents a litre and natural gas costs by $60 a year. However, private-sector estimates show that the long-term cost impact on families will be much higher, increasing the cost of gasoline by $400 a year and home-heating by $475.
“What the Liberals have failed to realize is the economic toll this will have on our smaller communities. Here in Huron-Bruce, the Liberals’ Cap-and-Trade tax will directly impact the ability of industries such as farming, tourism and small business to remain competitive.
“Another red flag for me is the reduction to the budget for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs,” said Thompson. “Ontario farmers deserve to have a government that supports them.”
“The only good that I can see coming from this Budget is the commitment to increased spending for special needs students, enhancing autism services, hospice and palliative care. I’ve advocated for better support in these areas, and I’ll be working to ensure that Huron-Bruce receives its fair share of these funds.”
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