Ontario Wraps Up Legislative Session Building For The Future
McGuinty Government Acts On Economy, Job Creation
Ontario's 2009 legislative session ended today having passed new laws on green energy,
student performance and tax reform.
These laws are part of the government's plan to build a stronger, more competitive Ontario.
Highlights of the McGuinty government's progress include:
- Delivering tax reforms that will cut personal income taxes starting January 1, 2010, reduce costs for business and create nearly 600,000 jobs.
- Moving ahead with full-day learning for four- and five-year-olds.
- Helping Ontario become the North American leader in green energy through the Green Energy Act.
- Winning the bid to host the 2015 Pan Am Games.
- Opening new nurse practitioner-led clinics to bring more family health care.
- Making student achievement the top priority for Ontario school boards.
- Building roads, bridges, hospitals and public transit through our $32.5 billion infrastructure investment.
- Fifteen bills were passed during the fall session of the legislature.
- In September 2010, up to 35,000 kindergarten students will be in full-day learning.
- Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said Ontario's Green Energy Act is "widely recognized now as the single best green energy program on the North American continent."
“Our plan is helping families through the global recession and building a brighter future for all of us. We've made progress in 2009, but we know there's much more to do. That's why we'll keep putting forward positive ideas that make Ontario stronger.”