Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock provincial election candidates respond to chamber questions
The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce membership identified five questions to be asked of the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock provincial election ahead of the June 2 election. We are fixing barriers to building new homes while protecting the environment, the Greenbelt, and agricultural lands. Doug Ford and our PC team are working for workers by encouraging apprenticeships, opening up jobs in the skills trades and allowing colleges to grant three-year degrees. Fleming College is also part of a $5 million dollar SkillsAdvance Ontario project to help 150 job seekers and 300 employed workers gain the skills and work experience they need to find jobs or advance their careers in wood product manufacturing and producing in Eastern Ontario. We also created the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit to help workers retrain, improve their skills, or prepare for a career shift. An incredible debt of gratitude is owed to our workers, these dedicated men and women kept store shelves stocked and supply chains strong throughout the pandemic and everyone in Ontario is grateful. Ontario’s economy is getting back on its feet as the province reopens, but we need to ensure workers continue to be supported, especially in hard-hit sectors and the most vulnerable. This is why we are implementing a long-term plan to address the housing crisis, informed by the Housing Affordability Task Force’s recommendations and why we are temporarily cutting the gas tax by 5. We also continue to support households with the Ontario Electricity Rebate for residential customers, small businesses and farms and are proposing to provide an additional $300 in Personal Income Tax (PIT) relief, on average, to about 1. This year, we also introduced the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit that allows residents to get back up to 20 per cent on their eligible accommodation expenses for leisure stays in the province this year. Our government is ensuring that the province remains open for business so the economy can grow and continue to provide income for workers and businesses. As a part of the 2021 Budget, our PC team is making a historic investment of $2.
This builds on the Cell Gap Project announced last spring with a provincial investment of $71 million to improve cellular service in Eastern Ontario with 300 new telecommunication sites to be built and over 300 existing sites upgraded across the region over the next five years. We will continue to stand up and be the voice for rural Ontario at Queen’s Park. When costs go up, it has a direct impact on families, seniors, workers and the economy. We’re eliminating and refunding licence plate renewal fees for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds. An NDP government will work with manufacturers to develop a manufacturing and labour force strategy for the province, while also supporting small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits for government procurement and our Buy Ontario program. In addition to this, we also must ensure larger investments in local hospitals, dedicated doctor recruitment programs, investing in local schools, taking the profit out of long-term care and ensuring more beds and new builds that are smaller, more home-like and better staffed. Greens will work with all levels of government and housing experts to develop regulations to ease the financialization of both our affordable rental stock and single family homes. I believe that some of this has been addressed in my answer to the first question. No other political candidate can bring as much productive value to this issue as I can. I have been an advocate for less government since 2007 when I first discovered Libertarianism and the Austrian ‘school’ of Economics. The law of unintended consequences has made a program for tenants turn into a block to renting. Currently, the Ontario government, or more precisely our province’s taxpayers, cover nearly half–about 46 per cent –of a post-secondary student’s program costs.
Immigration should also be targeted to those persons bringing those in demand skills to Ontario. Removing all mandates and making a better plan is the core of the Ontario Party Platform. There can be no doubt that average house prices have increased by $500,000 under the Ford Conservatives. We will train and hire time more healthcare professionals and repeal Bill 124 to attract currently qualified professionals back into healthcare and education. We will restore funding for the arts, music, and cultural sectors. The Ontario Liberal Party has committed to connecting all Ontarians with high speed, affordable wireless internet before 2025. By reintroducing rent control we will put more money into the hands of prospective home buyers and reduce speculation in the housing market. In cases where closing or additional statements were provided, outside of the question/response format, those statements were not included in this distribution. Click here to read the full report from the Chamber of Commerce. No response or confirmation of intent to respond was received from the parties who do not have a response included in this document and are identified here: https://voterinformationservice.
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