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2017 Budget - Building a Stronger, Healthier Ontario

A Progressive Budget for a Progressive Province

This afternoon Finance Minister Charles Sousa introduced the 2017 Ontario Budget: A Stronger, Healthier Ontario. As your MPP for Beaches-East York I'm proud of our plan to put Ontario's resources to work in ways that are progressive, pragmatic, and efficient. I'm especially proud of the fact that we are living up to our commitment of balancing the budget, as was promised when I ran in 2014, and that we've done so while increasing investments across our province. Promise made, promise kept.
 
Our budget is informed by thousands of Ontarians who took the time to make their voice heard. For months I reached out to constituents, business owners, community organizations and stakeholders, asking them what they think our government's financial priorities should be. I'm pleased that many of these concerns and ideas have been heard and recognized in new investments and allocations. The online submissions, phone calls and meetings provide crucial insight into your everyday needs, and help us to balance long-term goals with short-term requirements. Some of those commitments include:

  • Full pharmacare coverage for children and youth under 25 years of age
  • Free post secondary tuition for low and mid income level families
  • A minimum of 25% reduction in electricity rates across the province, and more in rural and remote communities
  • A Fair Housing Plan that will protect tenants and encourage more rental units being built
  • Significant increases in health spending to reduce wait times and support caregivers looking after loved ones in their homes. 
  • Increased infrastructure spending to build new schools, hospitals, transit and roads.
  • Increased childcare funding to provide subsidies to more low income families and capital investments in new spaces

Throughout the year I engage with all kinds of people on all kinds of financial questions: why isn't my government focused over here? Why spend so much money over there? How can we tap into the grants and loans that allow groups and businesses to grow and thrive? I truly believe this budget reflects an appreciation for what we've heard in our communities as your provincial representatives, and that it commits to building on your ideas and hopes for the future. Thank you for taking the time to share what you want to see from your provincial government.
 
There is a lot of work, consultation, and research that has been done over the past three years that is coming to fruition in 2017. Changes to the OMB, the Landlord Tenant Board, childcare subsidies and healthcare allocations are all the result of reaching out to you and integrating your perspective into our planning.  With that in mind, I encourage all residents of Beaches-East York to continue to contact my Constituency Office with your comments, ideas, questions, and concerns.

If you'd like to learn more I'll be holding my annual Budget Breakfast at Rise and Dine Eatery (2714 St. Clair Ave. East at O'Connor) on Monday, May 1st at 730am. All are welcome, but seating is limited, so please RSVP with my office if you would like to attend. The Constituency Office would also be happy to provide you with a copy of the 2017 Budget - simply call or email and they will be happy to help, or download the Budget as a PDF by clicking here.

Thanks as always for the privilege of serving you.


Arthur Potts, MPP
Beaches-East York
416.690.1032
apotts.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Twitter: @apottsMPP
Facebook: APottsMPP

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