Labour Council disappointed with Ontario budget
OTTAWA – The Ottawa and District Labour Council expressed disappointment and frustration today with the release of the Ontario provincial budget.
“It is indeed disappointing that our provincial government has targeted those most vulnerable by freezing social assistance and delay the planned increase to the Ontario Child benefit”, said Sean McKenny, president of the Ottawa and District Labour Council. “Walk into any grocery store today and compare prices with those of a year ago and folks just can’t afford those increases. So what do they do? They do without, that’s what they do. It truly is sad,” he added.
The government announced a deficit of $15.3 billion for 2013 down to $13.3 billion for 2014 and $10.7 billion for 2015.
“The attack on our public sector including those with pensions is incredibly frustrating”, said McKenny in reference to the announced review of public sector pensions by the Ontario Finance Minister. “Top that off with a suggested wage freeze for our teachers and hospital workers and if you don’t agree to the freeze we’ll simply legislate is a direct attack on working people in this province and quite frankly it’s a bullying tactic.”
The government also announced a corporate tax cut delay and seemingly much of the 300 page Drummond report was spared at least for now.
McKenny also added that there was no reference to child care in the budget, “It’s a shame. Many would suggest that we have a child care crisis in Ontario yet our government is silent”.
The Ottawa and District Labour Council (ODLC) has been the voice of working people in the Ottawa area since 1872. The ODLC currently represents 92 union locals with a combined membership of 50,000 working men and women and is the largest democratic and popular organization in the Ottawa area.
Sean McKenny 613 862-5150
Ottawa & District Labour Council 613 233-7820