Strong Ontario For A Strong Canada
Statement from Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan at the Finance Ministers' Meeting
Today's first-quarter results of the national economic accounts underline some strong fundamentals in Canada's economy. However, the weakness in other areas is further proof that the federal government needs to work with us on a strategy to help strengthen the manufacturing sector, in particular the auto industry.
When Ontario faces challenges, the rest of the country suffers - and today's report gives evidence to that.
Ontario's five-point plan is a prudent, balanced and fiscally responsible approach to strengthening the economy. Our plan invests in skills training and education, accelerates investments in infrastructure, encourages innovation, lowers business costs and strengthens partnerships.
Ontario would be better positioned to manage economic challenges and continue its longstanding contribution to our county's advancement with a true federal partner.
I'm not the only one who wants a partner - manufacturers need a partner and Ontarians expect a partnership with the federal government.
We need to move past this one-dimensional idea that tax cuts solve all and start looking for real solutions.
The federal government can start by:
- flowing infrastructure funds;
- matching our contribution to the Next Generation of Jobs Fund; and
- fixing Employment Insurance to be fairer to Ontario workers.
A strong Ontario means a strong Canada.