Ontarians rally against McGuinty in Toronto 0
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty speaks during a meeting with The Intelligencer's editorial board in Belleville, Ont. Friday, April 13, 2012. LUKE HENDRY/QMI AGENCY
Thousands of protesters from across Ontario gathered at Queen's Park Saturday to lend their voices in protest against the austerity measures proposed in the upcoming provincial budget.
Community groups and unions representing a variety of industries united under the banner "We Are Ontario" to demand fair taxation of banks and corporations in the final budget which will be tabled Tuesday.
"We are sending a signal to Dalton McGuinty," said Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. "It is simply not good enough the way they are treating those in the public service."
The crowd marched through Yorkville after a series of speeches from students, teachers, union leaders and politicians.
"It's very clear that we still have a budget that is threatening our health care system, does not deal with the jobs crisis we have in this province and deals with the deficit on the backs of everyday families," said Andrea Horwath, leader of the provincial NDP. "All we want to see is a little bit of fairness."
If the NDP does not support the Liberal budget on Tuesday a provincial election will begin. Conservative leader Tim Hudak has refused to support the budget.
"Prosperity doesn't come from cuts," said Les Danielski, a member of CAW Local 127 who bussed in from Catham. "If young people are growing with austerity [and it's] everyone for themselves, we're all going to have a hard time in the future."