TORONTO – POLITICS Today, Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro is calling on the NDP to support tomorrow’s provincial budget. “We hope the NDP won’t play politics and will help us pass tomorrow’s budget,” said Mauro. “Our Government has already committed to historic investments in infrastructure and social programs that are desperately needed by our community. If the NDP do not support the budget all these investments will be lost.”
Mauro highlighted “The important commitments that have already been made by the Government which will have a direct impact on the lives of the residents of Thunder Bay.
“In the lead up to the budget the Liberal Government has announced significant investments in infrastructure. Earlier this month the Premier committed $29 billion for transportation infrastructure, including $14 billion for areas in Northern Ontario. This could be used for projects like continuing the massive investment to widening Highway 11/17.” added Mauro.
“Investments in transportation will not only help build our roads and bridges, but will also create jobs at Bombardier, here in Thunder Bay,” continued Mauro. “In addition, just this week, I was pleased to be at an announcement where our Government committed $1 billion for the Ring of Fire. This means more jobs and a brighter future for the North.”
Mauro concluded, “In addition to the significant investments in infrastructure, the Liberal Government has committed to helping our most vulnerable. The Government has committed to tie the Ontario Child Benefit to the rate of inflation, increase wages for personal support workers that improve the lives of our seniors and the disabled, as well as introducing an Ontario Pension Plan. These proposals will only come to fruition if the NDP puts partisanship aside and votes in favour of the budget and stand up for the hard-working people of Ontario”.The budget will be delivered in the Ontario Legislature on May 1st. The Progressive Conservatives plan to vote down the budget. That leaves the decision on a spring election in the hands of the New Democrats.