Ontario budget committee gets earful from protesters

News Jan 19, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton is suffering, and it’s time the provincial government does something about it.

It was a message opposition MPPs, and about 80 people shouted during a rally outside the Sheraton Hotel Jan. 18, while inside, the province’s all-party finance committee held it’s first of five pre-budget public presentations.

“Our children are suffering, our city is suffering, Ontario is suffering,” said Anthony Marco, president of the Hamilton and District Labour Council.

He said the city’s child poverty rate is rising, unemployment in Hamilton may be at 5.9 per cent, but most of those jobs are “insecure employment,” and U.S. Steel continues to cast a long shadow over the city.

“Ontarians deserve better than austerity,” said Marco.

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MPP Paul Miller said Hamilton has been hit hard by the economy and it’s time the Liberals provide some help rather than blow taxpayers’ money on scandals such as the gas plants, and eHealth.

“We are in crisis mode right now,” said Miller. “This Liberal government has to do something about it immediately. They’ve got to help single moms, seniors, kids that are struggling.”

Vic Fedeli, Tory MPP from Nipissing, who is on the committee, said cuts are happening across the province in health care to front-line hospital workers.

“This is how they are balancing their budget,” said Fedeli, the P.C.’s finance critic.

“Their numbers aren’t real. They will not make the deficit balance and it’s about time they come clean.”

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has pledged to balance the budget by the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Laura Albanese, Liberal MPP for York-South Weston, and a member of the committee, acknowledged the government has limited funding to give to all the organizations that are asking for it.

“We have to prioritize,” she said. “It’s so difficult. Every single idea is important.”

She said all the public presentations will be reviewed by the committee and finance ministry staff. Albanese said the information is read, evaluated, and it contributes to the eventual budget package expected sometime in the spring.

The committee will be making stops in Toronto, Ottawa, North Bay and Windsor to hear from the public.

Submissions can still be made to the province by email, said Albanese.

 

 

Ontario budget committee gets earful from protesters

News Jan 19, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton is suffering, and it’s time the provincial government does something about it.

It was a message opposition MPPs, and about 80 people shouted during a rally outside the Sheraton Hotel Jan. 18, while inside, the province’s all-party finance committee held it’s first of five pre-budget public presentations.

“Our children are suffering, our city is suffering, Ontario is suffering,” said Anthony Marco, president of the Hamilton and District Labour Council.

He said the city’s child poverty rate is rising, unemployment in Hamilton may be at 5.9 per cent, but most of those jobs are “insecure employment,” and U.S. Steel continues to cast a long shadow over the city.

“Ontarians deserve better than austerity,” said Marco.

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MPP Paul Miller said Hamilton has been hit hard by the economy and it’s time the Liberals provide some help rather than blow taxpayers’ money on scandals such as the gas plants, and eHealth.

“We are in crisis mode right now,” said Miller. “This Liberal government has to do something about it immediately. They’ve got to help single moms, seniors, kids that are struggling.”

Vic Fedeli, Tory MPP from Nipissing, who is on the committee, said cuts are happening across the province in health care to front-line hospital workers.

“This is how they are balancing their budget,” said Fedeli, the P.C.’s finance critic.

“Their numbers aren’t real. They will not make the deficit balance and it’s about time they come clean.”

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has pledged to balance the budget by the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Laura Albanese, Liberal MPP for York-South Weston, and a member of the committee, acknowledged the government has limited funding to give to all the organizations that are asking for it.

“We have to prioritize,” she said. “It’s so difficult. Every single idea is important.”

She said all the public presentations will be reviewed by the committee and finance ministry staff. Albanese said the information is read, evaluated, and it contributes to the eventual budget package expected sometime in the spring.

The committee will be making stops in Toronto, Ottawa, North Bay and Windsor to hear from the public.

Submissions can still be made to the province by email, said Albanese.

 

 

Ontario budget committee gets earful from protesters

News Jan 19, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton is suffering, and it’s time the provincial government does something about it.

It was a message opposition MPPs, and about 80 people shouted during a rally outside the Sheraton Hotel Jan. 18, while inside, the province’s all-party finance committee held it’s first of five pre-budget public presentations.

“Our children are suffering, our city is suffering, Ontario is suffering,” said Anthony Marco, president of the Hamilton and District Labour Council.

He said the city’s child poverty rate is rising, unemployment in Hamilton may be at 5.9 per cent, but most of those jobs are “insecure employment,” and U.S. Steel continues to cast a long shadow over the city.

“Ontarians deserve better than austerity,” said Marco.

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek NDP MPP Paul Miller said Hamilton has been hit hard by the economy and it’s time the Liberals provide some help rather than blow taxpayers’ money on scandals such as the gas plants, and eHealth.

“We are in crisis mode right now,” said Miller. “This Liberal government has to do something about it immediately. They’ve got to help single moms, seniors, kids that are struggling.”

Vic Fedeli, Tory MPP from Nipissing, who is on the committee, said cuts are happening across the province in health care to front-line hospital workers.

“This is how they are balancing their budget,” said Fedeli, the P.C.’s finance critic.

“Their numbers aren’t real. They will not make the deficit balance and it’s about time they come clean.”

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has pledged to balance the budget by the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Laura Albanese, Liberal MPP for York-South Weston, and a member of the committee, acknowledged the government has limited funding to give to all the organizations that are asking for it.

“We have to prioritize,” she said. “It’s so difficult. Every single idea is important.”

She said all the public presentations will be reviewed by the committee and finance ministry staff. Albanese said the information is read, evaluated, and it contributes to the eventual budget package expected sometime in the spring.

The committee will be making stops in Toronto, Ottawa, North Bay and Windsor to hear from the public.

Submissions can still be made to the province by email, said Albanese.