5 promises for seniors in 2018 Ontario budget

30 March, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • Winners and losers from the 2018 Ontario budget

Another centrepiece is the Liberals' recently announced $2.2-billion plan to provide free child care for preschoolers starting in 2020.

Over the previous 40 yrs, just 8 provincial budget plans were actually harmonized- 3 by Conservatives and 4 through Liberals, Sousa explained.

The budget includes $800 million over two years for a new drug and dental program, set to begin in 2019, that will allow Ontarians without workplace health insurance to receive an 80 per cent reimbursement of eligible expenses.

By comparison, the province of Quebec said on Tuesday it will tap a fund to reduce its debt by C$10 billion ($7.74 billion) over the next five years. "It's the people working at those companies who are my priority".

Making full-day child care free for families with preschool-aged children is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. Tuesday's announcemen, t at a Toronto school alongside Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Education Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris, would spend $2.2-billion over three years.

Walker is also advising people to look at the details of the Liberal's promises.

"You can't take care of the most vulnerable people in society when you have billions of dollars in debt", Doug Ford said on Wednesday.

Watch above as Toronto Sun Editor-in-Chief Adrienne Batra and Editorial VP James Wallace dive into the budget and what it means for the future of Ontario, especially for whoever comes into power in June's provincial election. The government says that in 2018, 8.6 million individuals would pay roughly the same tax, but 1.8 million people would pay approximately $200 more.

" Last year's Budget had a surplus, but families are struggling to make ends meet", Wynne tweeted.

" She think she's Oprah but she's not got the money Oprah has", MacLeod said.

"We need to make certain that we can afford the things we do", he said.

Both Walker and Huron-Bruce PC MPP Lisa Thompson said the government is trying to "buy votes" using taxpayer dollars.

Ontarians want an end to "this scandal-ridden government", she said, and "are exhausted of broken promises and wasteful spending". Improved access to child care gives parents, especially women, more choice about when they return to work and will help Ontario close the gender wage gap.

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