Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Premier has had plenty of time
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 1 Sep 2006, p. 6

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Municipal leaders across Ontario were giddy over the recent announcement by Premier Dalton McGuinty that the province will look into how social programs are funded. Their excitement is understandable. After all, Ontario is the only province in Canada where municipal taxes are used to subsidize provincial health and social services programs. Across Ontario, it amounts to a whopping $3.2 billion annually. For local ratepayers, it works out to hundreds of dollars in additional property taxes each year. The so-called "downloading" was forced on municipalities by the Mike Harris government almost 10 years ago, and local politicians have been singing the money blues since. But before they start counting the cash, they should consider the fact the review panel will be given a year-and-a-half to present its report. So, what's another 18 months, you say? Well, by that time we could have a new, nonLiberal government-- a government that won't be bound to honour McGuinty's commitments. The premier has said the issue is complicated and he needs the time. Does he really? Municipalities have been making their case for years. Surely, all the information that's required is already available. Voters must make their voices heard and tell McGuinty to complete the review, including implementing the recommendations, before he goes to the polls again.

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Premier has had plenty of time