Standard & Poor lowers Ontario’s credit rating

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When you see what is happening in Greece, the Standard & Poor’s lowering of Ontario’s financial rating to A+ from AA- should be a real cause for concern for all thinking people invested in this province. It cites a heavy debt burden and budgetary “underperformance” compared with peers in other jurisdictions.
S&P said Monday that while Ontario continues to beat its fiscal targets and expects to close its operating budget gap by fiscal 2018, it will still have to contend with sizable yearly after-capital deficits given its large net capital spending plans. The rating agency said the downgrade comes with a stable outlook, reflecting its belief that Ontario will <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>continue to make slow progress in reducing its <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>deficit.
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said he agreed with the S&P’s forecast that the province is on track to eliminate its <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>deficit by 2018.
Sousa said he believes the S&P assessment views Ontario as having a strong, diversified <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>economy despite recent slow growth.
But Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown said the rating decline is proof that the government is mismanaging the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>economy.
The situation calls for severe austerity measures but that hardly seems to be happening.

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