TORONTO – The resignation of Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan offers
incoming Premier Kathleen Wynne an opportunity to put the public interest
ahead of Bay Street’s for the first time in years, the president of the
Ontario Public Service Employees Union says.
“Dwight Duncan will be remembered by my members as the man who demanded cuts
to public services, jobs, and wages for working people while doling out
sacks full of cash to the richest corporations in the country, particularly
those in the financial services industry,” said OPSEU President Warren
(Smokey) Thomas. “It is our hope that the next finance minister will come to
work for the 99 per cent, not the one per cent. For a change.”
Under the McGuinty Liberals, tax breaks for the financial services industry
alone (not including insurance) have amounted to at least $430 million a
year from cuts to the corporate income tax rate and $740 million a year from
the elimination of the Capital Tax,
“Bay Street is enjoying more than a billion dollars a year in free money
thanks to the efforts of Minister Duncan and his predecessor,” Thomas said.
“We can hardly wait to see where he lands to collect his earthly reward,” he
Source: Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services (2012),
Public Services for Ontarians: a Path to Sustainability and Excellence
(Toronto: Queen’s Printer for Ontario), p. 303. All figures in 2011 dollars.
Corporate income tax reduction calculated based on changes in the March 2012