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Provenzano: New Democratic Party's plan is unrealistic

NEWS RELEASE CHRISTIAN PROVENZANO LIBERAL CANDIDATE SAULT STE. MARIE & AREA ************************* NDP’s economic plan for Canada not credible SAULT STE.
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NEWS RELEASE

CHRISTIAN PROVENZANO LIBERAL CANDIDATE SAULT STE. MARIE & AREA

************************* NDP’s economic plan for Canada not credible

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON - As the federal election enters its final leg, closer scrutiny is being given to the election platform of Jack Layton’s NDP.

More questions are being raised as to how the NDP would finance $70 billion in new spending over the next four years.

Says Christian Provenzano, Liberal candidate for Sault Ste. Marie: “Many Sault and area residents want to see a progressive government in Ottawa. However, with progress comes the need for responsibility. Much of the NDP platform is based on wishful thinking and is not grounded in reality. Implementing Jack Layton’s plan is simply not feasible or realistic.”

The NDP platform is based on $21.5 billion in revenues from a cap-and-trade system - including $3.6 billion this year.

This revenue gap is larger than the total planned Liberal spending this year.

On the weekend, Jack Layton said western states in the U.S. have already launched a cap-and-trade system that Canada could join immediately.

In truth, the Western Climate Initiative’s draft framework won’t be implemented until at least 2015.

Layton also plans to raise $8.6 billion over the next four years by cracking down on tax havens but nowhere in the NDP platform does it explain how this could be done.

Remarks Provenzano, “Some NDP proposals sound appealing at first, but unfortunately when you delve into the details it becomes apparent that their plan is just not economically viable. It’s not serious and would be impossible to implement without either crushing tax increases or reckless deficit spending.”

Liberals have laid out a credible two-year plan modeled after deficit-fighting budgets from the 1990s.

Only the Liberal Party’s platform offers a fully-costed, credible, realistic approach that puts families first, keeps taxes low and takes a responsible approach to the deficit.

Says Provenzano: “Sault and area voters have a choice in this election. I’m focused on delivering real results to this area. The other parties are focused on the same strident attacks that have led to a loss of faith in our politics. It’s time for cooperation in Ottawa and between governments. On May 2, vote to put the Sault and area first.”

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