Ecker, The Hon. Janet
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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. Some history of Ontario budgets. Changes since 1967. Budgets about values and choices. Cutting taxes to create jobs, with specifics. Paying down debt. Strengthening universally accessible health-care system, insfrastructure investments for the future. Evidence after seven years. Some difficult choices faced. Economic challenges. Effects of last year's slowdown. Developing a fiscal plan and the several steps taken. Education and excellence therein. Quality education and life-long learning as the fundamental building blocks. A more rigorous curriculum. Initiatives for schools. The environment. Commitment to ensuring that no Ontario community ever has to face what Walkerton faced. SuperBuild and some specifics. The importance of municipal partners. Ontario as Canada's engine of prosperity. Improving economic indicators. Putting in place the right fundamentals for growth and prosperity as promised.