Federal Budget Must Deliver Fairness For Ontario

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Federal Budget Must Deliver Fairness For Ontario

Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs

Ontarians Deserve Fair Funding for Essential Public Services QUEEN'S PARK, March 15 - The March 19 federal Budget is an opportunity for the federal government to address Ontario's fairness concerns, Ontario Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Marie Bountrogianni said today. "Right now federal transfers short change Canadians living in Ontario," said Bountrogianni. "The federal government has indicated they accept the legitimacy of our concerns. The budget is the time to act." Ontario's fairness campaign has delivered real results for the people of Ontario. On March 6, Premier Dalton McGuinty and Prime Minister Harper announced over $1.5 billion in new federal investment in Ontario for public transit and the environment. The funds for public transit matched previous investments by Ontario. The announcement of spending on the environment indicated the federal government is increasingly committed to delivering federal transfers on a per capita basis, which has been Ontario's key demand. "The March 6 announcement was a step toward fairness," said Bountrogianni. "But it's only a first step. The federal Budget needs to make more progress toward fairness in areas that are important to Ontarians." For more than two years Premier McGuinty has highlighted unfair federal funding practices. Ontarians from across the province have stood united behind Ontario's fairness campaign. Business, labour, public sector, municipal and non-profit leaders recently wrote to federal finance minister Jim Flaherty supporting Premier McGuinty's call for fairness. More than 120 Ontario municipalities have passed similar resolutions. "It's time for fairness for all Canadians," said Bountrogianni. "We want to see a budget that treats all Canadians fairly, including those living in Ontario." Disponible en français www.mia.gov.on.ca www.fairness.ca Contact Info For further information: Andrew Chornenky, Minister's Office, (416) 212-2276; 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: Andrew Chornenky, Minister's Office, (416) 212-2276; Erika Botond, Communications Branch, (416) 325-3558