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Provincial government outlines top priorities heading into budget announcement

The provincial government has identified three priorities for the spring session heading into an announcement on the 2019 budget next month.

“We promised the people of Ontario that we would fight to reduce the deficit, cut red tape, promote job creation and make government more efficient,” said Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith – who also serves as the government house leader and minister of economic development, job creation and trade – in a media release.

“Our work is just beginning. Through the upcoming busy legislative agenda, we will continue to fight to make life easier for hard-working families.”

The release states that the government will focus on three main priorities during the spring session:

Open Ontario for Business to Create a Pro-Jobs Environment: connecting more workers to good, local jobs while encouraging job creation, investment and trade both inside and outside of Canada.

Balancing the Budget Responsibly: finding efficiencies and streamlining services by making sure all programs and services are relevant and effective.

Building the Health Care System of the Future: identifying new ways to use technology more effectively, and committing to new models of collaboration and patient care.

Public consultation on the budget wrapped up on Feb. 8.

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