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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Walker Likes Drummond Report

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

MPP says he likes many of the recommendations but doubts anything will happen.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker says the Drummond report has exposed Ontario’s economic crisis -- as being much more severe than previously disclosed.

Walker says the report aims to reverse eight years of uncontrolled spending and mismanagement by the McGuinty Liberals at Queen’s Park.

Drummond’s measures equal about a 16 per cent cut in program spending for every man, woman and child in Ontario.

His report recommends larger school classes, higher electricity and water bills and new parking fees at GO Transit stations.

Economist Don Drummond says Ontario can no longer afford to pay for all prescription drugs for everyone aged 65 and older.

He says seniors need to pay more as their income increases.

The Drummond report also calls on the province to reduce the number of hospitals -- and it calls for no increases for doctors, since they are the best paid in Canada.

Drummond adds if Ontario ignores his 362 recommendations, the province could go the way of debt-plagued Greece.

Walker -- a Conservative MPP in his first term -- says the report mirrors a lot of what the Tories were saying in last falls' Ontario election campaign.

Walker likes many of the recommendations, but doubts the McGuinty government has the stomach to implement the suggested changes.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan says the government has taken many steps to cut costs and will look at others -- but every decision must be carefully weighed.


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