The provincial budget has been released and the reaction across the province has varied from outrage to applause. Kenora MPP Sarah Campbell says most of all she's disappointed. She explains her reaction.
"I think this is a budget that falls short in a number of areas. Most notably I think people are looking for a plan for health care, education, jobs and affordability of every day life. This budget misses the mark in that regard. What it is delivering is cuts and privatization. One of the things that people are most concerned about is the sale of Hydro One," she said.
The government has pledged to sell off 60 per cent of Hydro One. Campbell says the sale of Hydro One opens the door to future privatization and won't necessarily mean cheaper bills.
"I think first and foremost that not only does this start privatization but I think it really opens the door to future privatization. I think in the long term we're going to see rates go up even further. We're also definitely going to see the loss of hundreds of millions in revenues to fund public services that we rely on like hospitals and schools," she said.
Campbell adds that the north was almost completely forgotten in the entire budget.
"What we didn't see was a specific mention of the Highway 17 twinning from the Manitoba border to Kenora or any real urgent commitment to that. We didn't see any commitment to improving winter road maintenance. We see some, what I believe will be, continued foot-dragging when it comes to the Ring of Fire," she said.
Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled the provincial budget on Thursday just days after the federal budget. They're projecting a deficit of $8.5 billion in 2015-16 and a return to a balanced budget by 2017-18.