Individuals and Businesses Provide Input to Budget Process

Published on February 07, 2019

MPP Fullerton: “We are looking at all options to find ways for the Ontario government to work smarter, spend smarter and re-establish a responsible approach to delivering government programs and services.” 

February 7, 2019 - Through the past five weeks, local individuals and business owners have been providing their views in the Ontario Government’s province-wide budget consultations. Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton says the local input helps her colleagues and government officials better understand the pressures and potential impact provincial fiscal policies will have on Kanata and West Carleton.

“We have a huge task ahead of us,” says Merrilee Fullerton. “Overall, the Province’s finances are a mess after 15 years of deficit spending. We’re currently spending $1 billion each and every month on interest payments on Ontario’s debt. That’s money that could be spent on better health, education and transportation,” she explains. 

“We are looking at all options to find ways for the Ontario government to work smarter, spend smarter and re-establish a responsible approach to delivering government programs and services.”

The Kanata-Carleton MPP adds, “In the business roundtables I have hosted here in Kanata this Fall, we have discussed ways to improve the business climate, to cut red tape for small and medium sized businesses, and to assist our high tech sector.”

“And in these latest budget consultations, I am pleased the Finance Minister has heard from local residents and businesses. It will help him – help us all make more informed decisions in creating a stronger, more sustainable Ontario economy,” says Fullerton.

The Ontario Government’s pre-budget consultations sought input from individuals and businesses. Submissions could be made on-line or in writing. There were meetings held across the province, including one in Ottawa which local Kanata and West Carleton individuals participated in.

MPP Fullerton is still receiving comments from Kanata-Carleton constituents on the provincial economy and the government’s fiscal policies. Residents are invited to contact the Kanata-Carleton Community Office.

The Finance Minister is expected to deliver Ontario’s 2019 Budget – the first for the new Government – in the coming months.

 

Media Contact for Merrilee Fullerton, MPP:

Tiffany Lepack                           613-599-3000

Constituency Assistant              merrilee.fullerton@pc.ola.org