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November 6, 2019

(TORONTO, ON) – Conservative investments amount to cuts, says the Ontario Federation of Labour

“This government has failed to reverse their own cuts and those of previous governments. Their economic plan doesn’t keep pace with inflation and population growth. They are out of touch with the realities of life in Ontario,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley.

“No matter what the government said in today’s Fall Economic Statement, the economy in Ontario was doing well long before the PC’s took power. Nevertheless, this government continues its needless cuts to the public services that all Ontarians depend on,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “It’s time for this government to actually invest in communities and families, instead of forcing them to suffer so the PCs can deliver massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy.”

“The Conservatives are calling the cancellation of cap and trade, and changes at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board savings. It is workers and the environment that will pay for these misguided changes,” said Buckley. “It is time to protect the environment, workers, and communities instead of eroding our province with misguided policy decisions.”

Ontario has the lowest spending per capita on public services of any province in Canada, and the government proposes greater reductions through a cap on compensation in its Bill 124. These cuts to public services amount to service cuts in communities. 

“This government’s policies have increased poverty in Ontario and will continue to do so for years to come,” said Buckley. “Most recently, the government has put forward Bill 124, imposing a cap on compensation for public sector workers that does not keep pace with inflation, undermines collective bargaining rights, and will only further starve public programs, depriving Ontarians of the services they need. The PCs should be taxing corporations at a higher rate, and providing fully funded public services to build an Ontario for all.”

The OFL represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.

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For further information, please contact:

Meagan Perry 
Director of Communications, 
Ontario Federation of Labour
mperry@ofl.ca l 416-894-3456 

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