After Tax Hikes, Are Liberals Ready to Say Equalization?
Keith Hutchings, Finance Critic for the Official Opposition, said, "After we have been asking the Ball government to challenge the federal government on our province's share of equalization over the past 12 months, the Finance Minister during the fiscal update acknowledged the unfairness of an equalization program that will give Quebec $10 billion this fiscal year, which allows their budget to have a $2.2 billion surplus while our province tries to cope with a $1.6 billion deficit. My question continues to be: why won't her leader, Premier Ball, demand we get the assistance we deserve out of a national program?
David Brazil, Education Critic for the Official Opposition, said, "With eight school buses taken off the road for failing safety inspections in recent weeks, parents are concerned for their children's safety, knowing that there are only enough inspectors to randomly inspect about 30 per cent of the buses on the road.
Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, said, “With news that 15 Assistant Deputy Ministers are being laid off today, it is disturbing and disrespectful that the Minister of Finance made no reference to it today during the fall fiscal update. It is also disturbing if this was slated to happen on a day when the Premier was scheduled to be outside the province and unavailable for face-to-face interviews.”