Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

September 11, 2008 06:30 ET

Ontario Chamber Cranks Up Fight for Fairness-Provides Voters Direct Mail to Leaders

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2008) - Ontario voters no longer have to wait for voting day to send a clear message to federal party leaders about the lack of fairness in federal funding for the province. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has just made it much more immediate and easier with the launch of a grassroots campaign called ActNowForOntario.com.

"Federal funding for vital services is not distributed fairly in this country. This is an issue that affects every man, woman and child in Ontario. It affects every person who uses healthcare services, who accesses training or unemployment insurance, who arrives as a new Canadian in Ontario, who drives on our roads or takes our transit, who votes for a federal representative," explains Len Crispino, President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. "We want to send a very strong and clear message that Ontario can no longer afford to subsidize services in other parts of the country at a level higher than our own."

ActNowForOntario.com provides compelling testimony to the unfair level of federal funding and federal representation for Ontario and how that directly affects every Ontarian. Facts are provided in videos on five issues: healthcare, unemployment insurance, immigration, representation and infrastructure. Each video ends with an invitation to endorse an email message to all the federal party leaders.

Samples:

FACT: Ontario gets 700-million less than its fair share in federal healthcare funding each year.

FACT: With that - we could hire 14-thousand more full-time nurses.

FACT: Federal infrastructure funding for Ontario falls 1 billion short of fairness.

FACT: A billion dollars would build a 4 lane highway from Sudbury to Toronto.

"Ontarians have always put Canada first and we're not asking them to do any different now," adds Crispino. "The fact is that as long as Ontario continues to receive less federal funding than its fair share, it will continue to become weaker, roads will continue to deteriorate, and vital services important both for quality of life and for the attraction of business investment, will continue to suffer. As the economic engine of this country, it's simple: A strong Canada needs a strong Ontario."

An open letter demanding fairness for Ontario has been sent to all five federal party leaders and the OCC is gathering allies from across the province to raise awareness about the grassroots campaign including the network of local chambers of commerce and boards of trade, which together speak on behalf of 60,000 businesses across Ontario.

Crispino emphasizes, "For too long Ontario has shouldered more than its share. It's time to Act Now for Ontario."

The campaign can be found at www.actnowforontario.com

The OCC represents over 60,000 businesses through 160 local Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, and has been Ontario's business advocate since 1911. Its advocacy and policy initiatives focus on six areas key to the economic well-being of the province: health; education; energy; finance & taxation; transportation & infrastructure; and border issues.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce
    Amy Terrill
    W: (416) 482-5222, ext. 241 or C: (416) 605-8205
    amyterrill@occ.on.ca