Responsible Government, For a Change
QUEEN'S PARK -- In its first two weeks, the new McGuinty government has moved to deliver on its agenda for positive change by keeping a number of key commitments.
"We are delivering responsible government that puts the public interest first, for a change," said Premier McGuinty. "We've delivered the straight goods on the Tory $5.6 billion deficit, already begun to tackle the deficit, and kept a number of other important positive change commitments."
Among those key commitments kept to date, the McGuinty government has:
Stopped approving auto insurance rate increases, to protect Ontario consumers
Announced an intention to freeze college and university tuitions, to make post-secondary education more accessible to all
Removed the Supervisors from the Hamilton, Ottawa and Toronto school boards, to give parents and kids a voice and restore local democracy
Announced an intention to introduce legislation to eliminate the private school tax credit to help make public education the best education
Given elected representatives more power by including non-ministers on powerful cabinet committees, to enhance the role of MPPs
Announced an intention to legislate the rollback on corporate taxes to 2001 levels, maintain personal income tax rates, eliminate the senior's property tax credit, and take the first step toward bringing tobacco taxes up to the national average, to fight the Tory deficit and further the positive change agenda
Announced an intention to introduce legislation to give the Provincial Auditor new powers to examine the broader public sector, providing Ontarians with more information about how their tax dollars are spent and improving accountability
Reaffirmed the pledge to the Taxpayer Protection Act and Balanced Budget Act, and committed to strengthen the Balanced Budget Act and to live within the government's means.
The McGuinty government is committed to delivering responsible government that puts the public interest first, for a change.