Provincial Budget Could Trigger Election
Ontario’s governing Liberals will deliver the provincial budget today, which is expected to contain tax increases for tobacco products, aviation fuel and high-income earners.
“I think there’s a strong possibility there’s going to be a spring election,” says Conservative MPP for Lambton-Kent Middlesex Monte McNaughton. “I know my leader Tim Hudak and my party will be voting against the budget.”
The Liberals are hoping to gain the support of the NDP party to pass the budget, but NDP MPP for Essex Taras Natyshak says it could go either way.
“It might be one of the most important budgets ever produced by the government of Ontario. People in our community are feeling stretched, they’re feeling squeezed by the increased prices of hydro and gas,” says Natyshak.”We’re going to do our due diligence, we’re going to review the document and see how it impacts the lives of the people of the province and how it does address or doesn’t addresses their needs and wants.”
The budget will be presented at 4pm by Ontario’s Finance Minister Charles Sousa.