Date for 2016 Ontario budget to be announced by finance minister

Reports say the province’s fiscal plan will be introduced next Thursday


 
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Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivers the provincial budget as Premier Kathleen Wynne looks on at Queen's Park in Toronto on Thursday, April 23, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivers the provincial budget as Premier Kathleen Wynne looks on at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Thursday, April 23, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne says the Ontario government will announce a budget date this afternoon, but her office won’t comment on reports the fiscal plan will be introduced next Thursday.

That would be two months earlier than last year’s budget, but the premier offered no reasons for planning such an early introduction.

Wynne says the budget will focus on jobs and the economy, and confirms that Finance Minister Charles Sousa will announce the budget date during a lunch speech today to the Empire Club of Canada in Toronto.

The budget is expected to include details on limited wine sales in grocery stores, and firm up the Liberal’s plan to eliminate the $7.5 billion deficit in just two years.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is worried the Liberals will continue to freeze hospital budgets and make more cuts to health services, and says the budget should raise corporate income taxes.

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says his party will offer its ideas for what should be in the budget next week.

The Tories warn the Liberals will kill jobs and slow economic growth with their new provincial pension plan and their cap-and-trade system to put a price on carbon.


 
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