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Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Joe Preston and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne have very different opinions regarding how the new 2014 Federal Budget will affect Ontarians

Economic Action Plan 2014 Demonstrates Commitment to Jobs and Opportunities - Constituency Office of Joe Preston, MP

MP Joe Preston is welcoming the federal budget, Economic Action Plan 2014, and its focus on job creation, economic growth, and keeping taxes low - along with its plan to get back to balance by 2015 - as a positive for Elgin-Middlesex-London.

"While Canada has the strongest job creation record among all G-7 countries, with more than 1 million net new jobs created since the depth of the global recession, too many Canadians are still looking for work," said MP Preston. "That's why Economic Action Plan 2014 will continue our Conservative Government's focus on creating more jobs and growing the economy in Elgin-Middlesex-London and across the country."

While the NDP and Liberals had been publicly calling for the federal budget to include new tax hikes on Canadians and more deficit spending, our Government rejected both demands. Indeed, Economic Action Plan 2014 contained no new taxes on families and businesses, while also continuing to ensure government spending was efficient and effective as possible. "As we've seen in places like Greece and Detroit, not having one's fiscal house in order can lead to incredible economic instability, dramatic cuts to government programs and higher taxes," said MP Preston.

Economic Action Plan 2014 includes key measures to support Ontario families and strengthen our economy, while keeping taxes low and returning to balanced budgets in 2015, including:

  • Launching the Canada Job Grant: so that Canadians can get the skills training they need to get in-demand jobs.
  • Creating the Canada Apprentice Loan: which will provide apprentices in Red Seal trades access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year.
  • Launching a Job Matching Service: this new service will automatically match Canadians looking for work with employers looking to hire them.
  • Increasing Paid Internships for Young Canadians: investing $55 million to create paid internships for recent graduates in small and medium-sized businesses and in high-demand fields.
  • Helping Older Workers Get Back to Work: investing $75 million in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers to support older workers who want to participate in the job market.
  • Cutting Red Tape for Small Business: cutting 800,000 payroll remittances for 50,000 small businesses.
  • Making Landmark Investments in Research & Innovation: $1.5 billion over the next decade for research at universities through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.
  • Conserving Canada's Natural Heritage: investing in Canada's national parks and historic canals, conserving recreational fisheries, expanding tax relief for the environmental conservation of lands, encouraging clean energy generation with tax relief to new green technologies, and more.
  • Supporting Families: enhancing tax relief for families adopting a child, expanding tax relief for health-related services, capping wholesale wireless rates to make service more affordable, cracking down on cross-border price discrimination, and more.
  • Strengthening Communities: improving broadband in rural and remote communities, establishing a $200 million National Disaster Mitigation Program to help communities prepare for natural disasters, introducing a Search and Rescue Volunteers Tax Credit, and more.
  • Standing Up for Victims of Crime: implementing the Victim's Bill of Rights and proving funding for a DNA-based Missing Persons Index.
  • And much more.

Unlike the previous Liberal government, who balanced the budget on the backs of the provinces, our Conservative Government continued to grow provincial transfers to record levels. For Ontario, the federal budget confirmed that transfers will total $19.2 in 2014-15 - a whopping 76% increase from under the previous Liberal government.

"While the Liberals radically slashed transfers to Ontario, decimating the health care, education and other important social services that families here rely on, under our Conservative Government federal support has grown to historic levels, and will continue to grow into the future," says MP Preston.

More Than 110 Federal Cuts - Ontario Gives Ottawa a Failing Grade - Office of the Premier of Ontario

Premier Kathleen Wynne called on the federal government to stop taking unilateral actions that hurt the people of Ontario.

In its budget yesterday, the federal government cut $641 million in transfers that help support programs the people of Ontario rely on. This cut is in addition to the more than 110 actions the federal government has taken since 2006 that have hurt people and businesses across Ontario.

In recent years, the federal government has eliminated funding for programs in health care, environmental protection, community safety, and skills development and training that Ontarians rely upon to create jobs and grow the economy. Ontario has stepped in to fill in the gaps to protect the high-quality programs and services the people of Ontario deserve. For example, the province is moving ahead on its own made-in-Ontario pension plan because the federal government unilaterally ended discussions towards any agreement on enhancing the Canada Pension Plan.

The province has been calling on the federal government to be fair to Ontario, and work collaboratively on key priorities including:

  • Enhancing the CPP so Ontarians can retire with dignity and security;
  • Supporting development in the Ring of Fire to help create jobs and strengthen the economy;
  • Providing predictable long-term transit and affordable housing funding so Ontario can build modern transit systems and support the province's most vulnerable people.

Protecting critical programs and services is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

Cuts by the federal government since 2006 have cost Ontario billions of dollars, and will continue to cost the province billions going forward.

In previous years, the federal government protected other provinces against declines in transfer payments. For the first time this year, the federal government has refused to provide funding when Ontario is hit.

In 2013-14, Ontario plans to spend about $13 billion on infrastructure investments in the province.

"The new budget is yet another example of the federal government making arbitrary decisions that hurt Ontarians. We want to protect the world-class public services the people of Ontario expect and deserve, but we need the federal government to live up to its responsibilities." - Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

"The federal government is shortchanging the people of Ontario and is penalizing us for being the leanest government in Canada. We had hoped that the federal government would have treated Ontarians more fairly and partnered with us to grow our economy and create jobs." - Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance

So there you have it, two different takes on the new federal budget. You'll have to decide your own take on it.

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