The Ontario government’s standing committee on finance and economic affairs held pre-budget talks at the Delta Waterfront Inn on Thursday morning. Essar Steel, EDC, and OPSEU were just three of several that made presentations.
While the presentations were being made, there was a rally being held outside by people that are concerned about our health care and jobs threatened by prospective cuts and privatizations of the system. They issued a press release that can be accessed at the following link.
While Essar Steel’s presentation was expected, retirees will be surprised to hear that the company wants to be able to use monies from the pension plan for company needs. This has happened in the past with a different owner.
While health care is and should be a major issue, the economy should also be a major factor, especially in Sault Ste. Marie. We have a staggering unemployment rate, extremely high prices in everything from food to energy prices. This government has a difficult job ahead of them but like Della Vedova said in his interview, “if they can’t find solutions to the problems, maybe we should be changing the government.”
Even with the rally going on outside, David Orazietti, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie is optimistic that these meetings will be fruitful and produce many good ideas coming from the organizations that participated in them.
Contrary to the SSMarie Health Coalition belief that spending has gone down, he said that the government has contributed in excess than 40% more to the Health Care System in the last few years. He also reassured the retirees that there is legislation in place to guarantee their pensions.