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Federal budget hurts Ontarians: Wynne

By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne with Finance Minister Charles Sousa. (Toronto Sun files)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne with Finance Minister Charles Sousa. (Toronto Sun files)

TORONTO - 

Canada's middle province is feeling neglected.

The Ontario government says it has been left holding the bag for billions of dollars worth of public services abandoned by the Stephen Harper government.

The government pegs this shortfall at $10-$15 billion since 2006, the reign of the Harper government.

"The new budget is yet another example of the federal government making arbitrary decisions that hurt Ontarians," Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a statement Wednesday.

The provincial government says it has documented more than 110 federal actions that have "negatively impacted" Ontarians.

Examples provided include a change to the Old Age Security that increases the age of elIgibility to 67 from 65 and a $641 million reduction in federal transfers to the Ontario government in 2014-15.

Ontario notes Alberta and Quebec will see increases in federal funding.

The federal government has pointed out that overall transfers to provinces have ramped up significantly under the Conservatives, unlike under the previous Liberal government that slashed supports for provincial education, social and health care programs.

 

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