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Statement from PC Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure Critic Monte McNaughton On October Job Numbers

“The job numbers released today show minimally improved employment numbers for the month of October.  While we are happy to see improvement in Ontario’s economy, the Liberal’s recent jobs record is not one which gives us much confidence.

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PAN AM BUDGET WAS MOVING TARGET

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Ontario PC Deputy Leader and Critic for Tourism, Culture and Sport Steve Clark attended the final technical briefing for the 2015 Pan American / Parapan American Games where the government claimed the games were delivered under budget.

“It’s easy to be under budget when your budget is constantly moving upwards. And let’s not forget they added an extra $54 million to their budget when they thought were missing their targets,” said Clark.

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GROWING ONTARIO’S CRAFT CIDER INDUSTRY ACT PASSES KEY VOTE

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Sylvia Jones MPP Dufferin-Caledon’s private member’s bill, Bill 110 – the Growing Ontario’s Craft Cider Industry Act passed second reading in the Legislature, bringing it one step closer to becoming law.

“Bill 110 would ensure that the mark-up or tax imposed on Ontario cider does not exceed the mark-up or tax imposed on beer in Ontario. When the Ontario craft beer industry was in its infancy they received support from the government by paying a lower tax rate. Ontario’s craft cider industry deserves the same show of support from government,” Jones said.

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The following is a statement from Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown regarding his Private Member’s Bill, the Estate Administration Tax Abolition Act:

“By voting down my PMB proposing the elimination of the Estate Administration Tax, the Liberal Government has refused to provide some much-needed tax relief for Ontarians.

When this tax was passed into law almost 20 years ago, Ontarians did not bear the same tax burden as they do today – there was no health tax, no eco fees, and no potential expansion of the land transfer tax for homebuyers.  And on top of all of that, hydro costs were a lot more affordable.  Liberal taxes and fees add thousands of dollars to the cost of living in Ontario every year.

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Patrick Brown Calls for Action from Liberal Government on Ring of Fire

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown asked the Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle about the government’s inaction in harnessing the economic potential of the Ring of Fire.

The Liberal Government had previously committed to investing $1 billion to develop the economic potential of the region. However, no firm timeline has been offered on when Ontarians can expect to see development in the region.

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