TORONTO — A "progress report" issued by the Liberals says middle and lower income Ontarians are better off after 11 years of their government.
"The purpose is really to highlight and bring together everything the government is doing to help people as they try to balance their household budget and save for their future," Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles said Monday. "We know families are facing pressure."
The 2014 Pocketbook Initiatives Progress Report lists government initiatives such as a made-in-Ontario plan to improve retirement security, an increase in the minimum wage to $11, new consumer protection legislation for wireless consumers, an almost 6% decline in average auto insurance rates, and a 30% break on tuition fees for families with an annual income before taxes of $160,000 or less.
Progressive Conservative MPP Vic Fedeli said the Ontario Liberals' report ignores a lot of initiatives that left people with less money in their pocketbooks.
"What's really missing is the high hydro rates, the health tax, the eco tax, the HST — those are the things that are missing off the list and those are the hurtful things that have had most impact on families in Ontario," Fedeli said.
The progress report comes just 10 days before Premier Kathleen Wynne is to release her second budget, and a countdown to a crucial confidence vote that could trigger a provincial election.