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article imageOnt. PC Leader Tim Hudak commemorates Premier's broken tax pledge Special

By Andrew Moran     Sep 10, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak campaigned in Toronto's Leaside area, alongside Pickering-Scarborough East candidate Kevin Gaudet. Hudak commemorated Premier Dalton McGuinty's "infamous pledge not to raise taxes."
Liberal Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty did not schedule any public events, but that did not stop Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak from being on the offensive on the election campaign trail.
Speaking at the 2001 Audio Video store on Eglinton Avenue East in Toronto, the PC Leader, alongside former Federal and Ontario Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Pickering-Scarborough East PC candidate Kevin Gaudet, commemorated the Ontario Premier’s “infamous pledge not to raise taxes” and discussed other broken tax promises made by McGuinty during the last two elections.
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak during a press conference.
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak during a press conference.
Hudak explained that during the past eight years, the Liberal Leader has introduced several new taxes, including the health tax, the Harmonized Sales Tax and eco taxes, which the Hudak campaign claims costs the average Ontario taxpayer approximately $850 annually.
“It was eight years ago this week that Dalton McGuinty uttered his now infamous pledge that he would not, under any circumstances whatsoever, raise our taxes,” said Hudak in front of television screens that show McGuinty signing the pledge.
“In fact, McGuinty swore an oath he would not raise taxes. He signed a formal pledge that he would not raise taxes. He even held TV ads where he looked Ontario families in the eye and said he would not raise our taxes.”
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak speaking with PC candidate Kevin Gaudet during a m...
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak speaking with PC candidate Kevin Gaudet during a media availability.
He added that the Ontario Premier is called the “Tax Man” for a good reason because increasing taxes “it’s just in his DNA.
If elected, Hudak promised that the Ontario PC government would not raise taxes – lower income taxes by five percent on the first $75,000 on personal income – remove the eco fees, eliminate the HST from hydro and heating bills and introduce income sharing for families in the province, which is a saving of approximately $476 per year.
Hudak also criticized Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats by stating that they will inevitably raise taxes.
“The NDP?” said Hudak. “They have a 50-year history of calling for higher and higher taxes. If you’re looking for a tax cut from them, you are barking up the wrong tree. Only one party will stand up and give relief to average, hardworking families. If you want some relief you can spend on your priorities, not Dalton McGuinty’s priorities, you have only one option in this election.”
Taxpayer Protection Promise pledge
During the media availability, the Hudak campaign staff handed out the premier’s 2003 pledge to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation where he promised not to implement new taxes or run a budget deficit.
The pledge, signed Sept. 13, 2003, wrote:
“I, Dalton McGuinty, leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario, promise, if my part is elected as the next government, that I will: Not raise taxes or implement any new taxes without the explicit consent of Ontario voters; and not run deficits. I promise to abide by the Taxpayer Protection and Balanced Budget Act.”
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