DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Ontario Progressive Conservative government unveiled their first provincial budget, on Thursday, April 11th. Following the budget release, Pickering-Uxbridge MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy spoke to The Standard about his thoughts on the budget. “I’m very pleased. It was important for us to have a budget that was responsible and pragmatic,” he said.
The Ontario government has a plan to balance the budget by 2023-2024. Mr. Bethlenfalvy explained that 2023-2024 is the exact right time to see balance in the budget.
“We saw it as the Goldilocks budget. If we went too soon, that wouldn’t be right, if we went too long that also wouldn’t be right. I think we got it just right,” he said.
MPP Bethlenfalvy mentioned free dental care for low-income seniors and the government’s childcare tax credit as a couple of the pieces of this budget he’s proud of. The childcare tax credit is for families who have total incomes of up to $150,000. “Families could receive up to $6,000 per child under seven, up to $3,750 per child between the ages of seven and 16, and up to $8,250 per child with a severe disability,” read a press release from the Ontario government.
The Ontario government is also changing rules regarding alcohol in the province, such as allowing municipalities the ability to decide whether they will allow people to drink in parks, and letting licensed businesses serve alcohol starting at 9 a.m., rather than the previous 11 a.m. start.
“Ontarians want choice and Ontarians are responsible in the choices they make,” MPP. Bethlenfalvy said.
The government also decided to change the licence plate design, a change Mr. Bethlenfalvy said will “save taxpayers a lot of money.”
Mr. Bethlenfalvy told The Standard the government also followed through with their promise not to “raise one penny of tax.”
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