Ontario Takes Action to Eliminate Deficit

The Ontario government is moving forward with a responsible plan to eliminate the deficit so that more jobs are created and the economy continues to grow.

Since the introduction of the 2011 Budget, growth in the global economy has slowed. This means additional steps must be taken to slow down the rate of growth of government spending in order to keep the plan to eliminate the deficit on track.

Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan outlined today the next steps in the government’s plan to eliminate the deficit. These steps will give Ontarians better value for money and lead to improved public services.

The LCBO headquarters, currently located on some of the most valuable, under-developed real estate in Canada, will be sold and redeveloped. A retail store will remain in the vicinity while the headquarters will be moved. The LCBO will realize ongoing savings and after the land is sold and a new, modern facility is built, it is expected to generate well over $200 million for taxpayers.

The government will move to greater involvement of the private sector in Service Ontario through a strengthened public-private partnership. This will deliver better value for money and improve customer service for families.

Since 1998, Ontario taxpayers have been supporting horse racing with a subsidy of up to $345 million a year. The province will evaluate that subsidy given the need to continue to invest in health care and education.

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