ONTARIO Seeks Fairness And a New Approach To The Fiscal Imbalance

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ONTARIO Seeks Fairness And a New Approach To The Fiscal Imbalance

Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs

A Strong Ontario for a Strong Canada KITCHENER, ON, June 16 - Ontario is calling on the federal government to find a new approach to Canada's fiscal imbalance that ensures fairness for all Canadians, John Milloy, MPP for Kitchener Centre and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs said today in a speech to the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. "The federal government collects more money than it needs from Canadians while most provinces don't have enough resources to meet their needs," said Milloy. "Resolving the fiscal imbalance is crucial to ensure our country remains productive, innovative and competitive. All levels of government have to work together to achieve this goal." Milloy stressed that the future prosperity of all Canadians depends to a large extent on Ontario's ability to continue to generate wealth, to invest in people and to face the challenges and opportunities of today's global economy. The federal government currently provides Ontario with less per capita funding than it provides to other provinces. In the Waterloo region, based on the region's population, this is equivalent to a $42.6 million shortfall for health and social programs, and a $46.6 million shortfall under federal infrastructure programs. "It's only fair that all Canadians be treated equally," said Milloy. "We are urging the federal government to choose a solution that benefits all Canadians, including those who live in Ontario." Disponible en français www.mia.gov.on.ca www.strongontario.ca Contact Info For further information: Justin Falconer, Parliamentary Assistant's Office, (416) 325-7808; Erika Botond, Communications Branch, (416) 325-3558 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Justin Falconer, Parliamentary Assistant's Office, (416) 325-7808; Erika Botond, Communications Branch, (416) 325-3558