David Orazietti, MPP announced today that he will run as the Liberal candidate in the upcoming provincial election.
“We have made tremendous gains in our city over the last eleven years and the 2014 Budget builds on that progress through new initiatives including, the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, four-laning of Highway 17, further investments in home care for seniors and an additional increase to the Ontario Child Benefit,” said Orazietti. “Unfortunately the NDP have decided to put at risk numerous initiatives that would immediately benefit Sault residents and force an unnecessary costly election.”
The 2014 Budget includes a responsible 10-year economic plan including the following strategic investments:
A new, 10-year $2.5 billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund that will strengthen Ontario’s ability to attract business investments and support quality, well-paying jobs
Creating an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) that cost-effectively builds on the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) in order to enhance the retirement savings of Ontarians
$295 million over two years for the Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy to help young people gain the skills and experience to obtain meaningful employment
Extending the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program (NIERP) to assist Northern Ontario’s industrial electricity consumers
$100 million in annual funding for the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) which helps to support jobs in Northern Ontario
$100 million Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure fund to support projects in communities like Sault Ste. Marie
$1 billion for the development of all-season infrastructure in the Ring of Fire
$11 billion over the next ten years for elementary and secondary education infrastructure
$11.5 billion in major hospital expansions and redevelopments
An additional investment of $750 million by 2016//17 for home and community care services for seniors, which includes $270 million for this year
$6 million for community paramedics across the province
$150 million over three years in new technology and learning tools in schools, so that Ontario’s schools remain the best in the world
Increasing wages for Personal Support Worked (PSWs) and Early Childhood Educators (ECEs)
An increased to the minimum wage, bringing it up to $11.00 this June
Increasing the Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) to $1,310 per child per year, and indexing the threshold to inflation.
Expanding access to health benefits such as prescription drugs, assistive devices, vision care and dental care to approximately 500,000 children from low-income families
Since 2003, the Ontario Liberal government has increased health care funding by 68% which has meant improved access to doctors and nurses. Locally, the new Sault Area Hospital, two new Family Health Teams, a Nurse Practitioner-led clinic, a new long-term care home, as well as increased access to homecare, are all improving health care for Sault residents.
Locally education funding has increased by 70%, which has helped to reduce class sizes, improve test scores, and protect teacher and support staff positions. Over $130 million has been invested in Sault Ste. Marie to build 5 new schools. Post-secondary education funding has increased by 80%, which has supported new infrastructure and programs at both Algoma University and Sault College.
Over $897 million has been invested through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to support 5,933 projects in Northern Ontario. Locally, the NOHFC has helped to strengthen Sault Ste. Marie’s economy with $87 million to support 728 projects, which have created or sustained more than 2,687 jobs.
“I remain strongly committed to making the lives of Sault residents better, to ensuring that our community continues to prosper, and that our city’s’ interests are heard at Queen’s Park,” said Orazietti. “Our community has come too far to go back to NDP representation that failed our city and saw our unemployment rate skyrocket to19%.”