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Summer election averted as Ontario budget passes

Despite tempers as hot as this week’s weather, Ontario’s budget passed at the legislature Wednesday and a summer election has been averted.
Prince Edward Hastings MPP Todd Smith reports the vote on third reading of the budget repeated the second reading, with the governing Liberals voting in favour, the opposition Progressive Conservatives voting against and the NDP refusing to vote.
The New Democrats made a deal for budget amendments including a new wealth tax on incomes over $500,000 and increases in welfare payouts in exchange for abstaining from the vote.
Premier Dalton McGuinty trotted out the possibilty of a July 19 election after the PCs and NDP voted together to amend elements of the budget.
Today at noon, 52 liberals outvoted 35 conservative MPPS who wanted to defeat a budget they say is not ‘strong action for Ontario.’
Smith questioned the need to plunge the province into pre-election hysteria over the weekend when nothing changed during the actual vote.
“The vote today was identical to the vote at second reading,” Smith said. “The two other parties knew this would be the result when we got to Wednesday but they decided to give Ontarians a bad weekend soap opera just the same. For many at Queen’s Park, the budget never really seemed to be in peril, in spite of threats by both the premier and the leader of the NDP over the weekend.”

Smith says the budget delivers tax hikes and no action for Ontario.

“The premier and the finance minister refuse to acknowledge that over the last eight years they’ve spent Ontario into a black hole. So, we have a plan from the premier that contains more tax hikes, more spending, more deficits and more debt. Instead of actually dealing with Ontario’s looming debt situation, the government chose to kick the can down the road.”

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  1. virginia says:

    I don’t understand this evident love affair with Todd Smith that keeps showing up on County Live. He’s just a politician, and a rookie one at that. Also, the Conservatives are not known for their progressive social policies! Be careful what you wish for.

  2. Larry Rose says:

    please excuse the typos I was in a hurry and besides I cant type worth a damn anyway..

  3. Larry Rose says:

    After watching last nights news on the Passing of the Budget, I am not just a little disappointed..Actually I am so P.O.’d at 1 of the parties I think they best consider a Leadership convention… I thought the NDP basic platrform was fore thew working man…HMMPHH..so much for my naivete how ’bout that..63 and still have some faith in politicians.. Damn am I dumd or what…no comments from Doris lane pls..(LOL)
    ANDREA, Vasilates back and forth…then finally agrees not to Disagree.. so the NDP don’t vote…This appears to me to be manipulating the outcome in thew attempt to make the NDP look good….GUESS WHAT ANDRE$A..DIDN,T work..I will never in this lifetime Vote NDP. They can,t be Trusted

  4. Doris Lane says:

    There is a rumour that this budget will see reduced OHIP coverage in 2013 for people 75 and over.
    I wonder if Todd knows anything about this

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