Doug Ford promises to cut the small business tax

Lester Mason
May 18, 2018

The leaders of two of Ontario's main political parties trumpeted major campaign promises Wednesday - lower gas prices and subsidized child care - that they said would make life more affordable for average people, but were vague on the details.

Last year, the program of investment and trade Ontario had a budget of about $1.9, but the fuel tax has brought about $2.7 billion Ford promises to abandon both at the same time reducing public expenditure in an amount not less than $6 billion, reducing the tax rate in the second tax group of the province, lowering the corporate tax rate and greatly reducing the cost of electricity.

Premier Kathleen Wynne, whose government has poured billions into transit infrastructure, says it's important to get to the point where it's easier to take transit than to get in the vehicle.

Ontarians head to the polls June 7.

The deadline to nominate a candidate for the provincial election is Thursday, May 17.

But that might be a high mountain to climb for Wynne and the Liberals, who are now a distant third in the latest poll, trailing the Progressive Conservatives, led by Ford, and the NDP, with leader Andrea Horwath.

"The reason that we need to be clear about this, at this moment in this election campaign, is that all of this could be at risk", Wynne said.

"It's easy to stop it, it's easy to wreck the progress", Wynne said.

In Toronto, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the incidents raise "a lot more questions than answers", such as whether any of the 60,000 names, addresses and phone numbers of 407 ETR customers were used to recruit supporters in Ford's leadership campaign or local races. "We have to keep the momentum going".

Ford said he would cut gas prices by slashing the provincial gas tax by 5.7 cents a litre and scrapping the province's cap-and-trade system, which puts a price on carbon and has added 4.3 cents a litre to the price of gasoline. "I absolutely deny them", Sandu said in a statement on his Facebook page.

Currently, drivers pay 14.7 cents per litre of gasoline in provincial tax, and 14.3 cents on diesel. There are global forces that are forcing gas prices up.

"I know he's saying that he'll take 10 cents out - we know that most people won't feel that", she said. "We all know that law". The Liberal government announced previous year it they would increase it in 2019 to 2.5 cents a litre, and up to four cents by 2021 - increases the Tories would maintain.

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