Lincoln, Welland Haldimand Building and Construction Trades Council Political Action Committee

October 04, 2011 12:00 ET

Niagara West-Glanbrook Property Taxpayers Protest Hudak's Plan on Downloading

Locals Hope to Expose a Still Looming Issue Leading Up to Oct. 6th Provincial Election

GRIMSBY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2011) - Taxpayers in the regions of Niagara, Haldimand, and Hamilton ARE STILL CONCERNED about a massive shift in program costs onto their municipal bill in the event that Tim Hudak's Progressive Conservatives are elected in the upcoming provincial election. At 12:00 noon a group of local residents yet again voiced their anger at Hudak's Grimsby campaign office.

Mayor McCallion of Mississauga and Mayor Watson of Ottawa in a October 2, 2011 Op Ed sought Mr. Hudak's response to the matter of downloading service costs, "A simple yes or no will suffice." Yet he remains silent.

"Tim Hudak is trying to sell his tax cut program on the backs of residential property owners," said Mich Sinclair, one of the organizers of the event. "He is using the same Harris shell game that forces those on fixed incomes such as seniors to pay for his costly promises."

"The Conservatives have dug themselves into a hole with their campaign promises and now they have to find a way to pay for it," said Rick Naldjieff, another of the organizers. "Municipalities are already struggling and downloading services that should be paid for by the province is not right and we won't put up with it. Tim Hudak can't balance his platform on property taxpayers backs."

At a recent Association of Municipalities of Ontario meeting, Hudak affirmed that he wouldn't rule out downloading costs to municipalities as part of his bid to become Premier of Ontario. This is the same strategy he employed while part of the Mike Harris's government in the 1990s that downloaded over $3 billion in costs onto municipalities and its effects were devastating.

This downloading can potentially amount to an increase of hundreds of dollars in municipal taxes for the average Ontarian property taxpayer. Seniors and fixed-income earners will be the ones hurt most by this policy. Hudak is the only leader of a major party to adopt such a position in this campaign.

Contact Information

  • Mich Sinclair
    (905) 687-1087

    Rick Naldjieff
    (905) 931-5656