Canada India Foundation Hails Ontario PC Party’s victory in Provincial elections
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Toronto – The Canada India Foundation has welcomed the landslide victory of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party in the provincial elections held last week, and heartily congratulated Hon. Doug Ford, the Premier-elect, for leading his party back to power after 15 years.
“The Ontario PC Party’s electoral landslide is a clear indication that people of Ontario want a return to fiscal discipline and an end to the profligate spending of public resources,” Mr. Anil Shah, the CIF’s National Convenor, said in a statement issued by the Foundation in Toronto Monday.
The Canada India Foundation is a not-for-profit, non-partisan public policy advocacy organisation with twin objectives of fostering better bilateral relations between Canada and India, and enhancing participation of Indo-Canadians into the Canadian mainstream.
While the statement emphasized the need for urgent fiscal measures to ensure the deficit that had ballooned to unmanageable $12.2billion was contained, it also strongly recommended new policy initiatives to encourage growth in the province.
“Concomitant with the fiscal measures, the Doug Ford administration will also have to urgently initiate policies that will give an impetus to economic growth,” Mr. Ajit Someshwar, the Chair of the CIF said. This must include tax and trade reforms that encourage investments in the province and propel exports.
On the Canada-India relations, the statement emphasized that the Foundation would work closely with the new provincial government to improve political and trade and investment relations with India. “The two-way merchandise trade between Ontario and India stood at $2.64billion in 2017, and there also substantial Indian investment in Ontario,” Someshwar said, adding that over 700,000 Indo-Canadians have made Ontario their home.
Shah said the Foundation would “constructively engage with the Ford administration soon to apprise the new government of the issues that are of tremendous significance to the Indo-Canadian community, including the private member’s motion moved by the former Liberal government passed in the Ontario Legislature pertaining to the anti-Sikh violence in India.”
The Canada India Foundation is hopeful that the new provincial government will take due cognisance of the facts, and not be misguided by propaganda on key issues that form the basis of close relations between our two democracies.