Thompson has no confidence in the Liberals’ Budget
QUEEN’S PARK – Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has voted against the Wynne Liberals’ Budget, saying she has no confidence whatsoever in the Liberal government’s fiscal policy.
“Since taking office in 2003, the Liberals have more than doubled our provincial debt, having added $173.2 billion in 14 years. With a track record like that, Premier Wynne and her Finance Minister cannot reasonably expect the Opposition, or the people of Ontario, to support their budget,” said Thompson. “Even more concerning, they’re hiding a $5 billion operating deficit with the one-time sale of assets like Hydro One.”
The Budget, which was tabled on April 27th, and sped through First Reading, Second Reading, only four hours of public consultation, a mere one hour of Committee review, and Third Reading after less than three weeks of scrutiny by the public and Opposition Parties. It now goes to the Lieutenant-Governor for Royal Assent.
“It’s shameful that the Liberals would ram this legislation through without a more open conversation. On a $141 billion budget, this accelerated timeline is an insult to the public, and the democratic process,” continued Thompson. “We need a government that is more concerned about representing the people who elected them, than their own interests,” she concluded.