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Happy Canada Day!

Posted on 27 June 2012 by admin

Canada Day is a great chance to remember our history, and come together for an even brighter future for ourselves, our elders and our children, here in Ontario — the greatest province in the best country in the world.

 

Happy Canada Day! I hope you take some time to discover Ontario’s beautiful outdoors, spend time with family and take advantage of the many great long-weekend events across the province. Canada Day is a great chance to remember our history, and come together for an even brighter future for ourselves, our elders and our children, here in Ontario — the greatest province in the best country in the world.

 

In the last election, we ran on our vision for that future—to balance the budget as we weather a global financial storm, while protecting the gains we’ve made together in services families rely on most: education and health care.Those include North America’s first full-day kindergarten program, and the lowest wait times in Canada. We also know that Ontario families expect us to do our part to make our minority government work. And that’s what we’ve done, while delivering on our key campaign promises.

 

One of the first things we did was introduce the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit. To help seniors stay in their homes longer, we proposed a credit of up to $1,500 per year to make renovations such as installing stair lifts, or accessibility ramps. This is good news for seniors and their families, good news for contractors in the renovations sector and good news for our health care system because it costs less when care is provided at home rather than in a long-term care facility.

 

Many families choose Ontario for our schools — now ranked among the best in the world. Our schools are exciting places to learn and develop, and with our Accepting Schools Act they’re now more inclusive. We’re taking tough action against bullying in all its forms. Bullying a child because of their faith, race, colour, language or sexual orientation is not acceptable. The Act sends a strong message that our public schools are welcoming places and provide equal opportunity to all students.

 

And we know that in the new knowledge-based economy, postsecondary education is more important than ever. That’s why we launched the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant. So far, 200,000 students have received money back to help lower their costs.

 

As we demonstrated during the recent budget negotiations, we’re willing to roll up our sleeves and help ensure this minority parliament delivers what Ontarians expect: jobs, fiscal responsibility and reliable healthcare and education. Together we’ve come a long way, but there is always more to do. Have a great summer!

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