Budget Passes, PCs Strongly Opposed
(above) Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton
Ontario’s provincial budget passed this afternoon by a vote of 52-35, which means there will be no summer election.
The NDP abstained from voting on the budget, which allowed the Ontario Liberals to pass the motion with a minority government.
After the vote, the Progressive Conservative MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Monte McNaughton said the PCs have been opposed to this budget right from the time it was introduced.
“We have been very consistent, our leader Tim Hudak has been consistent, I have been clear since the budget was introduced that we were going to oppose it,” said McNaughton.
And according to McNaughton, there are a variety of reasons why the PCs have been so opposed to this budget.
“This budget kills the horse racing industry in Ontario and it adds 23 billion dollars to the debt in the province,” said McNaughton, “So we can’t support it as conservatives.”
The Ontario New Democrats, who are led by Andrea Horwath, agreed to abstain from voting in exchange for several amendments including a new tax on people who earn more than $500,000 per year.