The Hon. Dwight Duncan
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The presentation of the 2008-09 Ontario budget to the legislature yesterday. Stronger-than-expected growth in 2007. The growth expected in 2008. Some sectors facing serious difficulties. Factors affecting growth forecasts and creating uncertainty. The government maintaining its approach. The five-point economic plan. Investing in skills, education, infrastructure, supporting innovation, lowering business costs, strengthening key partnerships. A more detailed outline of the plan and how it will be implemented. Illustrative examples and specifics. Success stories of the Ontario economy. The strength of Ontario's financial services sector, with some figures. An announcement about the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Education in Financial Services. Some concluding thank yous. Progress made by the McGuinty government.