The Ontario Budget
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 28 Mar 2006, p. 416-425
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The Ontario Budget

A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. Details of Ontario`s new budget. No new taxes or tax increases. Encouraging business investment. Additional investment in health care. Increase in funding for universities and colleges. Doubling student aid. Improving Ontario`s transportation infrastructure. Some health debate since the budget. Some additional revenues this year. Some strategic choices. Remaining on track to balance the budget no later than 2008-2009. Reasons why the budget cannot be balanced earlier. The enormous gap between what hard-working Ontarians contribute to the federal government as revenue and what they get back in programs and services - the subject of the rest of the speaker`s address. The current situation, with context and facts and figures. The principles that will guide Ontario as we seek progress. The continuing need to narrow Ontario`s gap. Wanting a strong Ontario for a strong Canada. The speaker`s commitment to the province.