Ontario budget jacks up cost of living

Ontario budget jacks up cost of living

“It’s going to cost you more to drive, your groceries are going to cost you more, your home heating is going to cost you more, your education is going to cost you more, your drinking is going to cost you more, your smoking is going to cost you more,” Don Carson, a chartered professional accountant with MNP, told the Toronto Sun. “If you are a lower-income family there might be more direct government assistance.”

The budget is “all about tax increases” — $220 million more this year, $445 million more next year and $665 million more in 2018-19, not counting already announced increases to things like driver’s licences and cap-and-trade fees, Carson said.

The Ontario government estimates the average household will pay $156 more in 2017 on energy costs alone as a result of the implementation of a cap-and-trade system that charges most large industrial polluters for carbon emissions, driving up the price of fuels like gasoline and natural gas.

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  • FactsWillOut

    Once the Ontarians tire of taking it up the ass, they will no doubt demand it again, harder and deeper.

    • ontario john

      You shouldn’t talk like that, it gets the gay liberal MPs sexually excited.

    • Clink9

    • David Murrell

      The Ontario budget got positive reviews on the CTV and CBC National news shows. The slavish reporters emphasized the freebie university education.

      • Raymond Hietapakka

        Free Education…now I can get that Aboriginal Studies P.h.D. I’ve always dreamed of…

        • Liberal Progressive

          I can get a B.A. in Gender Studies with a minor in White Male Hegemony.

          That should guarantee me a government job if I just declare I’ve changed my gender and take female hormones for the rest of my life.

          • Raymond Hietapakka

            …first, you’ll need the mandatory dickotomy just to apply to the University. ……

      • Etobicoke_Gladiator

        Simultaneously, free tuition will: (1) make an undergraduate degree relatively worthless and (2) necessitate many to get an M.A. if not Ph.D. to distinguish oneself in many fields and (3) discriminate against those who actually paid real $ for university tuition back in the day, when a degree was more valuable to begin with.
        People value more highly what they pay for. Education in this province will become worthless in more ways than one.

  • simus1

    When Boob Rae and the Clampetts showed up to misgovern Ontario worse than the liberals had, I found that decent used cars were low tax and good enough.
    Was thinking about trying to make a few small batches of beer sometime just to see.
    …. GLLKDW and the horse she rode in on.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      People I know are getting offers from their dealerships to sell them back their cars because of the exchange rate.

    • andycanuck

      Then Boob put a huge tax on the brew-it-yourself places (contrasted with home brewing, I know) at the brewers’ unions’ request and wiped out that new cottage industry.

  • ontario john

    So making me pay more for gas to drive into town for groceries and to heat my home, is going to defeat global warming. Makes sense to me.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Just wait until interest rates go up.

      • andycanuck

        I think that would be too much for government’s to bear because they know it would screw them over their debts too much so they’d never sanction it but I’m sure it will drive inflation massively.

  • bob e

    she looks good in that cap.

    • andycanuck

      Cap & trade?

  • Ron MacDonald

    Free tuition = grooming the next generation of Liberal voters. Unfortunately for the Liberals, most will have to move to other parts of Canada or the USA for find work.

    • The Liberals have destroyed this province.

      • Etobicoke_Gladiator

        Fear not, BCF, the rapidly expanding and exploding Muslim population will benefit owners of halal grocery stores, restaurants, and banks that have ‘sharia finance’ options. Clothing stores selling niqabs, burqas, and hijabs will also do well in this new economy. SUV sales will also increase in places like Islamissauga where the average Muslim family has so many kids that an SUV is required for the Muslima/chauffeur to drive around all her kids, i.e. potential little jihadis.

        Add into this mix thousands of “refugees” with no paperwork required, no requirement to know any English, and you have yourself the perfect basis for a vibrant economy. Thanks Wynne! Thanks Trudeau!

    • Exile1981

      I’m proposing Alberta and Saskatchewan build a wall on the Sask/ MB border to create jobs and then when it’s done we send the liberals to the east of the wall and all conservatives can move to the west side.

  • Gary

    I had to laugh when Andrea Horwath was on the Radio and bashed the Liberal over their waste of tax dollars when Seniors are suffering.
    SHE’S the one that had 2 chances to get them dumped and force an Election that would have stopped the $37 billion screw-up for Hydro and the Election fraud with the crimes related tot he Gas Plant which was $1.1 billion and growing.
    We had the Ornge scam, Smithermen’s GREEN Energy and Health Care scandal for another $2 billion , plus the Lottery scam that screwed over the Public that was buying the tickets.

    Justin’s 200,000 muslim refugees coming here in his first term will thank all of you that Voted for the Liberal so they can get Welfare , FREE heath care and housing, plus better dental Coverage only equal to what MP’s on Ottawa get.
    As Wynne and Justin cry poor, they have bags of OUR money to shell out to new comers where many of them are closet Jihadists that want to kill us or rape our women and little girls.

    • marty_p

      You missed the fact that all of those teen aged refugees will get free university tuition to go to York and run the BDS campaign.

      • Count on it.

        • David Murrell

          Marty is more right than most people would think at first glance. If education is made free for some students, they will choose wasteful majors, like sociology at York U., where there is little value in the degree. There will be a lot of hoody, non-studious types attending college, more so than even now.

          • marty_p

            The free tuition program is a good idea but in typical civil service fashion they screwed it up. Here’s how it should have been set up:
            Tuition reimbursement based upon successful completion of each term or year. (This prevents the Van Wilders treating university as paid party time and unqualified students attending university e.g. kids from the slow learners class).
            Certain programs should be excluded from the program. Art History and History of Poetry degrees have little value in the jobs marketplace so why should taxpayers fund this so Barristas at Starbucks can say they have a degree?

  • Good stuff. Keep up the good work. I put you in my blog list. 888

  • Shebel

    Maybe it is Time to teach your Children that everything that you thought was Right and made you proud —is now Wrong.
    Teach them that times have changed.
    Teach them that is now acceptable to be a welfare bum .
    Have your kids , have kids , as many as you want—the more you have -the more money you make.
    Everything will be free for them as it will be for YOU.
    Go to University , get educated — forget having Pride.
    It is ALL FREE.

  • andycanuck

    And for businesses, ALL of those costs will be passed onto consumers at every stage so inflation is going to hit really hard. Remind everyone who you know who voted Liberal about this. (With or without the accompanying knee to the crotch.)

  • Alain

    The plan is to expand the same to the whole country. We’ll be lucky if our dollar only drops to $.50 American.

  • CodexCoder

    One of the problems is that ~40% of Ontario’s debt comes up for renewal over the next 5 years and there is no money if the rates increase. I keep asking God to impart some small measure of wisdom to the Ontario Liberals, that they might understand that if they destroy the middle class, and its industrial base, there will be no money for healthcare, green energy, free tuition or any number of programs. Instead, because of the erosion of the moral base, there will be riots as people scramble to survive and those in power will bear the brunt of it. The difference between the relative civility of the American revolution and the chaos of the French Revolution. And once the line is crossed, it becomes almost impossible to return to the good old days.

  • DMB

    Social Justice Warriors must be ecstatic they can now spend the next 30 years getting a post secondary “education” in a worthless Liberal art’s degree were they can be sheltered from the real world. https://youtu.be/sSxDE1QCHA4

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      The dream of being a “professional” student has truly arrived…

  • reidjr

    I don’t think Wynn knows how cap and trade works you don’t go after the avg person you go after the mega companys.