If there’s one day each year when you should stay up to speed with what’s happening at Queen’s Park, that day is Budget Day.
As it happens, Budget Day in Ontario is tomorrow, April 11th.
Every year the Minister of Finance is required to table the Government’s plan for the coming year. In it, we get to see what priorities the Government will focus on, what investments will be made, and where we can do things more efficiently.
With Ontario facing the largest debt of any province or state in the world, this plan will be essential to mapping out our financial future. We’re currently spending $12.5 billion on interest on our debt! That money could be used to support our social services, healthcare, or education – if we can get our province’s finances under control.
I’ve had some experience with budgets, having worked for the late Federal Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, and his successor, Joe Oliver. I helped work on Canada’s last balanced budget.
As Vice-Chair of Ontario’s Finance Committee, I have had the opportunity to travel across the province and hear directly from Ontarians on what they would like to see in the Budget. You can check out the Finance Committee’s report here.
I also had the chance to hold a public Town Hall in Ottawa West – Nepean to hear from my constituents. The consensus findings from that Town Hall can be found here.
Tomorrow, I look forward to hearing Minister Fedeli’s speech and reading the Budget. I am confident that it will focus squarely on the priorities we have been fighting for since the election: creating an Open for Business/Open for Jobs environment, improving front-line healthcare services, and finding efficiencies to help us tackle our unsustainable debt.
So, my question this week is this: in tomorrow’s budget, what would you be most pleased to see?
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