Ted Arnott, MPP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2015
Ontario’s fall economic statement a shell game, Arnott says
(Queen’s Park) – Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott is calling the Ontario Economic
Outlook and Fiscal Review, tabled in the Ontario Legislature on November 26th, an exercise in
“It’s little more than a shell game,” Mr. Arnott charged.
The Minister of Finance is claiming credit for a lower deficit than was anticipated in the 2015
provincial budget last spring. But the Ontario PC Caucus maintains the Government has
achieved that by counting the proceeds of the sale of shares in Hydro One and a reserve fund
that they may still have to spend.
“Even with a $7.5 billion deficit, in effect they’re continuing to borrow over $850,000 an hour,
every hour, every day, 365 days a year,” Mr. Arnott said.
Other key indicators in the fall economic statement should concern Ontarians, Mr. Arnott added.
“Program spending continues to go up, overall spending continues to go up, the debt-to-GDP
ratio continues to go up, all since the budget was tabled in the spring,” Mr. Arnott stated. “Any
way you look at it, it means higher taxes or a higher debt, or a combination of both down the
“Instead of boasting about progress, the Minister of Finance owes Ontarians an apology,” he
For more information visit: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/fallstatement/2015/
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