QP: John takes Tories to task over deficit and short-changing Ontarians

June-19-14

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 19/06/2014 14:40:18
Context : Question

Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, last week we were treated to the sad and sorry spectacle of the Minister of Finance traipsing through Ontario, criticizing the Premier during the election campaign. The Premier won, the meddling minister lost.

Specifically, he gave three lectures on balancing budgets, neatly ignoring the fact that he and his government know nothing about balancing budgets. To add to the hypocrisy, the PBO estimates that the Government of Canada short-changed the people of Ontario by $1.2 billion.
 
Why does the Government of Canada not skip the lectures, write the cheque and concentrate on getting its own house in order.

Hon. Kevin Sorenson (Minister of State (Finance), CPC): Mr. Speaker, that member knows that federal support to Ontario has increased by 76% since our government took office. Federal support to Ontario will total over $19.1 billion in 2014-15, a whopping $8.3 billion increase since the Liberal government was in power.

We are also helping Ontario on the road back to becoming a “have” province by making key investments in Ontario's auto sector, manufacturing sector and much more.