TORONTO, May 19, 2004 ( – Apart from a massive tax-hike, the Liberal Government in Ontario, in its budget released yesterday, has cut funding for eye exams, physiotherapy and chiropractics while retained full funding for abortion on demand.  The Family Coalition Party (FCP), the only provincial pro-life political party in Ontario, has denounced the budget noting that “This government has added or increased 50 new fees, such as healthcare premiums and driving licence fees. These fees, for the average family, amount to a tax increase of 24%.”

The tax hike is so severe that political experts are wondering if the public backlash against the Liberals may spill over to affect the success of the federal Liberals in the upcoming election.  The move also violates Ontario Liberal election promises, as Ontario Finance Minister Greg Sorbara admitted as he presented the budget.  FCP Leader Giuseppe Gori notes in a release that “By far the most damaging and incredible admission, which Mr. Sorbara repeated twice during the budget speech, is that the budget was ‘inconsistent with our election commitments’, and that they added health premiums, which ‘we promised not to do.’”  During the Liberal campaign Premier Dalton McGuinty signed a declaration that he would not increase taxes, and promised that he would call a referendum if his government did so.  No referendum is being called on the just announced increases. It has been a defining policy of the FCP to end tax-payer funding of abortion on demand in Ontario.  See the Family Coalition Party online:


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