What has Doug Ford got against Ontario’s tourism industry?

What has Doug Ford got against Ontario’s tourism industry?


The Honourable Member for Kitchener South—Hespeler
Mr. Speaker, tourism is a key economic driver in Waterloo Region. For 10 years, the Conservatives failed to
understand that. Harper made cuts to Destination Canada’s budget,
and now Doug Ford is cutting the province’s tourism budget. It is very clear that the tourism sector is
not a priority for these Conservatives. Can the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages
and La Francophonie reassure the hard-working people of the tourism sector what our government
is doing to support them better? The Honourable Minister. Mr. Speaker, I thank the Honourable Member
for Kitchener South—Hespeler for his important question and hard work. Last year, Ontario welcomed almost 10 million
international visitors, contributing $7 billion to the economy. The Conservatives made it clear that 700,000
hard-working Ontarians in the tourism sector are not a priority for them. Our Liberal government understands the growth
in the sector, and that is why we invested $60 million in our budget. How can the Conservatives say, on the one
hand, that Ontario is open for business, and meanwhile they are cutting services.

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