Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 15, 2007 16:22 ET

Ontario's NDP: All Ontarians Deserve Equal Access to Government Funding

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2007) - Ontario NDP Leader Howard Hampton says everyone deserves the same fair shot at government funding. That's why he will put Dalton McGuinty's scandalous slush funds on ice and replace them with a fair, open and transparent approach that will allow all groups to apply for government funding.

"New Democrats reject Dalton McGuinty's approach that you need to know someone in the Premier's office to get government funding. We will put McGuinty slush funds on ice and set up clear rules and guidelines to make sure government funding always goes to the people and initiatives that need it the most," Hampton said.

The NDP Leader made the comments at the Hindu Samaj Temple and community centre in Hamilton, where he was joined by NDP candidates Andrea Horwath and Bryan Adamczyk. On September 15, 2001, arsonists set the temple ablaze in Ontario's worst post-9/11 hate crime. The McGuinty government misled them about the availability of government funds they've actively sought for years. No funding was provided for the temple's critically important rebuilding efforts.

McGuinty did find time, however, to dole out $32 million in slush fund grants, including $1 million to a cricket club that only asked for $150,000.

Hampton said rebuilding the Hindu Samaj Temple is exactly the kind of worthy project that should be supported by the province, just like it was supported by community fund-raising efforts and funding from the federal and municipal governments.

"How is it fair for a cricket club that asked for $150,000 to get $1 million, but a community centre that was destroyed by a racially motivated hate crime can't even apply for funding? That's not right," Hampton said.

"Dalton McGuinty let down working families when he put his own political needs and friends and insiders ahead of working families. He got it wrong. New Democrats will make it right by making sure public money goes to groups and initiatives that deserve it, not groups that have the inside track," he said.

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