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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Deficit Talk in Saugeen Shores

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Only three of six candidates in Huron Bruce attend debate in Port Elgin.

There were plenty of questions for some of the provincial candidates in Huron Bruce at the Saugeen Shores all-candidates meeting.

Only three of the six candidates were able to make it on Wednesday night -- the NDP's Grant Robertson; PC's Lisa Thompson and Independent Dennis Valenta.

Liberal Carol Mitchell who is attending the International Plowing Match, had a representative read her prepared opening and closing statements.

Green Party's Patrick Main and Family Coalition Party's Christine Schnurr sent their regrets.

Some 100 spectators showed up to listen and to pepper the candidates with questions on wind energy, health, jobs and taxes.

A Southampton resident asked what each party would do to get the deficit under control and does it spell more taxes for Ontario.

The NDP's Grant Robertson says his party has a very modest platform.

Robertson says there are some new spending initiatives but they've been costed out.

He says the money will come from the way his party taxes corporations.

Robertson says instead of a cross-the-board cut, a corporation will get a tax credit when they create a job.

Progressive Conservative Lisa Thompson says the Liberals increased spending by 80 per cent over the last eight years.

Thompson says in that same time period, revenues only grew by 10 per cent.

She says it has to be dealt with.

The Conservatives are going find ways to save two-cents on the dollar everywhere in government except health and education.

Thompson says agencies, boards and commissions are on the PC radar.

If they work, they will be left alone.

If they don't, they will be eliminated.

Meanwhile, Independent candidate Dennis Valenta says the government does not respect the taxpayers money.

Valenta says there shouldn't be a deficit in one of the richest provinces in Canada.

He blames poor management for the mess we're in.

The Saugeen Shores all candidates meeting was put on by the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Federation of University Women, Southport branch.

Bayshore Broadcasting was a media sponsor of the event.



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