March 20, 2013 05:00 ET
Campaign aims to change the public policy conversation on austerity
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 20, 2013) - On Wednesday, March 20, residents of the Greater Toronto Area will add their ideas to a province-wide consultation on Ontario's financial future. This regional consultation is one of nine being held in communities across the province over the next several weeks as part of "The People's Budget" - a campaign launched by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL).
To coincide with the February 25 campaign launch, the OFL released a discussion paper, "Toward a People's Budget," calling for the public policy conversation to change from a focus on austerity cuts to the promotion of good jobs, economic growth, and public services. Community groups and residents from every corner of the province are being asked to offer their ideas for a new approach to addressing the province's economic, social, and fiscal challenges. The discussion paper, event listings and an online submission form are available at: www.thepeoplesbudget.ca. The discussion is also taking place on Twitter at: #PplsBudget.
"There is no doubt that GTA residents are struggling with the local impacts of austerity cuts in their community and they want to see Ontario choose a new path that focuses on good jobs, sustainable public services, and a fairer society," said OFL President Sid Ryan. "This is an opportunity for Ontarians to bring their ideas forward and demand a budget that puts people first."
The feedback and solutions received through the community consultations and online submissions will be gathered into a report of recommendations that will be presented to the government before the next Ontario Budget.
About the Ontario Federation of Labour
The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow the OFL on Facebook and Twitter: @OFLabour and follow OFL President Sid Ryan at @SidRyan_OFL.
Empower ConsultingChristopher HolcroftPublic Response for the Ontario Federation of Labour416-996-0767Christopherholcroft@hotmail.caFlanagan and AssociatesAnne-Marie FlanaganPublic Response for the Ontario Federation of Labour416email@example.com@AnneMFlanaganToronto and York Region Labour CouncilJohn CartwrightPresident416-999-5663www.ofl.cawww.twitter.com/oflabourwww.Facebook.com/OFLabour
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