Ontario budget 'costly' for Sudbury business owner
Two and a half months after it was first tabled, the Liberal budget is back before the Ontario legislature — and with a majority government now in place, it is expected to pass.
Some in northweastern Ontario are happy to see the $130 billion spending plan come closer to reality, but others are not.
"This government is going to cost me more money to operate my business,” says Tracy Nutt, vice-president of a Sudbury cleaning company, as well as a construction firm.
Nutt figures the proposed Ontario pension plan will take a $30,000 bite out of her bottom line.
She doesn't think forcing small businesses to pay into employee pensions is smart policy.
"I just can't see that it's going to solve the problem. People are not saving and I'm not sure it's the employers’ job to see to it that they do."
Meanwhile, Sudbury home care worker Louise Leeworthy is excited to see the budget come back.
She said the promised $4 raise for personal support workers will help her and her co-workers make ends meet.
"Hopefully now it's not just her word, but it's really going to happen."
Leeworthy, who is also a chief steward with a home care workers union, said she will hold Premier Wynne accountable if that campaign promise is not kept.
"I don't think I should be too too worried, but I think Ms. Wynne should be worried,” Leeworthy continued.
“She's the one that made those promises. She's the one who said she'd put money into health care and therefore we're going to hold her accountable for those promises."