Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

March 22, 2007 17:21 ET


Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2007) - Premier Dalton McGuinty's election budget announced today shows his Liberal government is out of touch with the reality of today's working families. In a blatant attempt to capitalize on the public pressure around raising the minimum wage, the Liberals are promising to raise the minimum wage by $2.25 over the next three years. The current level of $8.00 is below the poverty line, and factoring in inflation will still be below the poverty line in 2010.

Earlier this week Premier McGuinty responded to the phasing in of the Harper government's Federal funding transfers to the provinces by saying that "justice delayed is justice denied." "McGuinty should take his own words to heart", says OFL president Wayne Samuelson. "He rushed his own salary increase of $40,000 into law during an extra week's sitting of the Legislature before Christmas, but minimum wage earners will have to wait three years to see the full $2.25 promised in today's budget."

In today's budget, McGuinty continues to deny that Ontario has a crisis in manufacturing jobs, with 125,000 jobs gone since the Liberals were elected. "This budget does nothing to address the massive loss of manufacturing jobs in the province," says Samuelson. "Ontario manufacturing is in crisis and McGuinty tells us everything is just fine. Good paying manufacturing jobs are disappearing at an alarming rate, and part-time and low-wage jobs aren't a replacement."

Families with children are also being left behind in this budget. Ignoring the fact that the Liberals already promised $300 million for child care in 2003, and failed to deliver on that promise, they re-announced $25 million of that again for 2007-2208. "Working families need affordable, quality child care now," says Samuelson. New spaces are desperately needed now, and promising the same funds over and over again won't help."

"It's time Dalton McGuinty realized it's not making promises that counts, it's keeping them. And we all know McGuinty's record on keeping his promises."


Contact Information

  • Wayne Samuelson, President, Ontario Federation of Labour
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731 ext. 678
    Secondary Phone: 416-571-7408
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138