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Provincial budget includes investments that benefit rural Ontario, says Thompson

By Barb McKay.

Tabling its first budget last week, the Ontario government has made it crystal clear that it will do what it takes to eliminate the provincial deficit and aims to balance the budget in five years. That, of course, means cuts in several departments, but there are also some investments being made that benefit rural residents and communities. Education Minister and HuronBruce MPP Lisa Thompson spoke to The Independent in a phone call shortly after the 2019 provincial budget was delivered and said she feels very confident that people will recognize that the government is putting them first. The budget contains no new tax increases. “Protecting what matters most re
ally comes forward in this budget,” she said. “We need a responsible pathway to balance the budget.”

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