Mario Silva Working hard for Davenport....
working hard for Toronto
Ten Reasons to Re-Elect
Mario and the Liberal Government has defended health
care and delivered on its commitments to improve health care services for all Canadians. Soon after the last election we entered
into negotiations with all the provinces which resulted in a ten year$41.3 billion agreement to make Canada’s health
care system better for all Canadians. Over $16 billion for Ontario alone. This will mean reduced waiting times for treatment,
action to increase the number of doctors and nurses and better home care services.
2. "No" To Missile Defense
Mario stood up and said “no” to the missile defense
plan and the Liberal Government announced that Canada would not be participating in this program.
3. Seniors and Families
Mario and the Liberal Government has delivered for seniors including $2.7 billion for improved Guaranteed Income
Supplement payments which will mean $400 more for single seniors and $700 more for couples. Also, the amount at which Canadians
can earn without having to pay income taxes has been raised to $10,00, which will mean over 200,000 seniors not having to
pay federal income tax. Also announced was increased funding for the New Horizons Program which helps senior’s organizations
provide programming. St. Christopher House and the Working Women Community Centre received funds under this program. The Liberal
Government also committed $5 billion for Early Learning and Childcare and signed an agreement with Ontario which will mean
more child-care spaces for families. We have now committed an additional $2.2 billion to improve student financial assistance
and $500 million to extend Canada Access Grants to low-income students extending the current $3,000 available to first year
students to up to four years of undergraduate study. We are also putting forward another reduction in personal income tax
for this taxation year 2005. Also a Working Income Tax Benefit to help low-income Canadians.
4. Cities Aganda
Mario has worked at Toronto City Hall and now in
Ottawa to deliver for Toronto and for our province. Over the next five years Ontario will receive more than $1.9 billion as
a result of the Liberal Government’s decision to transfer part of the federal gas tax. By the fifth year there will
be stable funding of $162.9 million annually for things like roads, the T.T.C. and sustainable infrastructure. Recently, the
first payment on the federal gas tax for cities was delivered to Mayor Miller in the amount of $24.4 million.
introduced a bill in the House of Commons to encourage the use of alternative fuels vehicles by offering tax incentives and
rebates and also requiring 10% of the federal government vehicle fleet to be running on alternative fuels by 2009. There is
a commitment to protect our environment with $5 billion to address climate change and preserve Canada’s natural environment.
6. Arts and Culture
The Liberal Government committed millions of dollars to the arts including support for the
construction of cultural facilities including $25 million to build a new opera house for Toronto. Toronto has also been named
a “Cultural Capital of Canada. ”The Liberal Government’s support
for the arts is also why we see renovations underway at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario to name
but a few examples.
Citizenship and Pride in CANADA
In the community Mario held citizenship drives to help residents enjoy the benefits and responsibilities
of Canadian Citizenship, worked to secure funding for community agencies and served thousands of constituents through his
Toronto Community Office. The Liberal Government has committed an additional $1.3 billion over five years to improve settlement
services for newcomers.
Mario joined with his colleagues in the Liberal Government in announcing initiatives to build
affordable housing (over $600 million) and to put in place measures to allow seniors to remain close to family, friends and
their communities. This will mean more affordable housing units for those on fixed incomes.
9. Undocumented workers
Workede to develope and implement solutions to the issue of undocumented workers including
chairing a Caucus Committee that made recommendations to help bring permanent status to these workers.
10. Fiscal Responsibility
Mario and the Liberal Government delivered its 8th consecutive balanced budget at the same time as we
delivered on the social responsibilities that have created and expanded numerous programs to improve the lives of Canadians.