CBC Hamilton has live coverage of the budget speech as it is delivered by Finance Minister Charles Sousa at 4 p.m. ET.
Ontario Today has Ontario's Finance Minister booked to take calls from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd.
You can speak directly to Finance Minister Charles Sousa about his budget on Ontario Today with host Kathleen Petty. That starts at noon Friday. You can also join a simultaneous web chat about the budget at cbc.ca/hamilton.
Asked Wednesday if the budget would raise taxes, Sousa said it will explain "how we're going to control spending, how we're going to engage and increase GDP growth and how we're going to maintain our tax at the low levels that they are now."
Is there any way to get the Tories to support the budget?
It appears not. Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak says the province needs to change the direction it is going in. His party has vowed to vote against the budget. Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak says the province needs to change the direction it is going in. His party has vowed to vote against the budget.
"Fundamentally if you believe your house is crumbling down, if it’s falling apart at the foundations, you don’t simply settle to change the wallpaper and a new coat of paint," Hudak told reporters on Wednesday.
"You rebuild the structure, you make it stronger, you start anew."
The Tories moved a non-confidence motion against the Liberals earlier this week, which can’t go forward without the other parties' consent. The premier has said that the budget will give opposition parties the chance to express their level of confidence in the government.
Could the NDP pay a political price for supporting the budget?
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said that she needs to see what is contained in the budget and her party will then have to consider its contents. Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said that her party will take its time in reviewing the budget.
"We're going to take our time and be very thoughtful about this," she said Wednesday.
Hudak suggested Wednesday that it seems illogical for the New Democrats to continue to prop up a minority government that has disappointed them.
"I think the NDP have to ask themselves: Do they really believe that keeping a government going that has crossed the line towards corruption, where the NDP comes in the house every day and says that they’ve lied, they’re corrupt, that they blew all this money — are they going then shrug their shoulders and say: ‘We’re going to keep this act going?" Hudak said.
"It’s time for change."
What happens next?
A vote on the budget motion will likely occur within one to three weeks. The Liberals will need the support of at least one opposition party for it to pass.
But a separate vote will then take place on the budget bill, so that it can be implemented.
Last year, this part of the process dragged on for weeks as the Liberals and New Democrats squabbled and adjustments were made.
The 2012 budget finally passed 52-35 in the middle of June and an election was averted. The New Democrats simply abstained from voting that day, while the Progressive Conservatives voted against it.
As then premier Dalton McGuinty told reporters after the budget finally passed, he believed that "in the end, working together, we found a way to make our minority government work."
This time around the Liberals have fewer seats in the legislature. At the moment, the minority government has 51 seats in the 107-seat legislature, while the Progressive Conservatives have 36 and the Democrats 18. Two seats remain vacant following the departures of Dwight Duncan and Chris Bentley, both of whom resigned from the legislature in recent months.