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Ford in Cambridge Thursday, promises tax cuts for small businesses

Last Updated May 18, 2018 at 8:53 am EDT

Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford arrives at Capri Pizza in Cambridge. May 17, 2017. Cali Doran, @CDoran570News

Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford focused on small businesses at a campaign stop in Cambridge Thursday afternoon. At Capri Pizza on Dundas Street S, Ford announced a PC government would reduce taxes on small businesses by 8.7 per cent.

“If you’ve spent time in almost any town in Ontario – you know that small businesses are the lifeblood of their communities,” said Ford. “But small business owners can’t afford to hire expensive lobbyists and they are too busy working to go to fancy receptions and network with Liberal insiders. So, it’s no surprise that Kathleen Wynne has forgotten that small businesses even exist.”

Ford also promising that small business workers who make minimum wage will pay no provincial income tax and his government would will reduce small business hydro bills by 12 per cent.

Meantime, the Liberals and New Democrats were also busy on Thursday. The two parties promoted promises aimed at getting people out of cars and onto public transit — a day after Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford promised drivers a break at the gas pumps.

N-D-P leader Andrea Horwath used a campaign stop in Toronto to highlight her promise to fund half of the operating costs of all municipal transit systems and to prioritize building a downtown subway relief line in the province’s biggest city.

Premier Kathleen Wynne, whose government has poured billions into transit infrastructure, says it’s important to get to the point where it’s easier to take transit than to get in the car.

Wynne also told supporters in Ottawa that most people wouldn’t feel the impact of Ford’s promised gas tax cut of 10 cents a litre because prices fluctuate wildly, largely due to global forces.