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The Fraser Institute

May 01, 2013 09:02 ET

Fraser Institute Economist Available to Dissect Ontario Budget Thursday and Friday

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 1, 2013) - Jason Clemens, Fraser Institute executive vice-president, will be in Toronto and available to provide analysis and comment on Ontario's 2013 budget on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3.

Clemens warns that Ontario's debt load is higher than that of California, America's most-indebted state, and could reach 66 per cent of GDP by 2019. He argues that a credible plan to balance the budget must strike at the root of the problem: excessive government spending. Key targets for spending reductions include public-sector compensation, electricity subsidies, and corporate subsidies. Clemens also argues for cost-saving health policy reforms based on successful models of universal health care in Australia, Japan, and Sweden.

Clemens is participating in the budget lockup Thursday and will be available for media interviews from 4:00 p.m. onward and Friday morning. He is also available for pre-budget comments on Thursday morning.

To book an interview, please contact Clemens at (778) 237-8444 or

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