Ontario Budget 2012

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McGuinty Has Some 'Splaining To Do

TORONTO - Last week, Premier Dalton McGuinty was warning Ontario's Liberals to get ready to board the campaign bus for a summer election.This weekend, he'll be explaining why his budget — despite all...
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NDP Abstains As Ontario Budget Passes

TORONTO - A summer election in Ontario was averted Wednesday with the passage of the minority Liberal government's budget.Despite forcing the Liberals to make several changes, such as delaying corpora...
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He Wants It In Writing

TORONTO - The threat of a snap election in Ontario eased slightly Sunday after Premier Dalton McGuinty and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath agreed they wanted the budget to pass to avoid the defeat of the mi...
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McGuinty Threatens New Election

TORONTO - A battle over the Ontario budget threatened to blow up into a summer election campaign Friday, with all three parties accusing each other of trying to trigger a vote they all agree no one wa...
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Should Have Signed A Prenup?

TORONTO - Premier Dalton McGuinty may be regretting that he didn't sign a budget pre-nup before his shotgun "happy marriage" to the New Democrats.The minority Liberals and the NDP — who joined forces...
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Ontario Deficit Falls Slightly

TORONTO - A second credit rating agency put Ontario on credit watch Wednesday, just hours after the province announced last year's deficit was $300 million less than projected only a month ago.Standar...
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Ontario Budget Passes As NDP Abstains

TORONTO - A "happy marriage" between the Liberals and NDP that was solidified with a new tax on the rich allowed Ontario's minority government to survive a confidence vote on its budget Tuesday.After...
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Ontario Liberals Agree To NDP's Rich Tax

TORONTO -- Premier Dalton McGuinty agreed Tuesday to a key NDP budget demand to hike taxes for the wealthy in order to stave off another election. The minority Liberals will put a surtax on those earn...
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Let's Make A Deal

TORONTO - A deal to keep Ontario's minority Liberal government alive in a crucial budget vote won't come before a meeting Monday between Premier Dalton McGuinty and New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath....
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The One To Appease

TORONTO - Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she's encouraged to see her party's budget demands gaining ground with the minority Liberals.But she won't say whether it's enough to secure her suppor...

Let's try that Ontario Election Again, Shall We?

If there was ever a time to have an election it is right now, before the proposed provincial budget for 2012 passes the legislature. Ontario's last election was light on policy and heavy on platitudes from all sides. Is there any reason to deny Ontarians the opportunity to chart the course they want our government to take?
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Closing Ontario's Income Gap

The gap between rich and poor is growing and that threatens to make us all poorer, in health and quality of life. Governments can take action to help close the gap and their budgets are one of the most important tools they have to do this.
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Actually, We Do Care What You Think

Last week, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath asked Ontarians to have their say on the budget. People in Queen's Park murmured that this was a schtick or a stall tactic. It's unfortunate that this was the knee-jerk reaction. The fact is that while Ontarians have lots of issues with the budget, one thing that was almost unanimous was that people were really happy that someone asked them what they think.
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McGuinty Gives Election Ultimatum

OTTAWA - Premier Dalton McGuinty says he won't consider any new spending suggestions for the budget, even if that means Ontario voters end up going back to the polls.He says voters don't want another...
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Flaherty Slams Ontario's Government

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says Ontario’s finances have been "badly mismanaged" for "almost nine years." Flaherty made the comments Friday during an interview with Metro Morning host Matt...
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Funding To Dry Up For Toronto Arts

Provincial funding for Toronto's Luminato festival is to be cut by $3.5 million over the next two years. Festival organizers were expecting to receive $4 million from Ontario next year and $4.5 milli...