walker-fullQUEEN'S PARK – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker slammed the new Ontario Liberal budget Tuesday, calling it "reminiscent of the movie Groundhog Day."

In a news release, Walker said he is "miffed" that the Liberals' so-called Mega Infrastructure budget with "$130-billion in spending goodies has again by-passed communities in Bruce and Grey."

"The Liberal government is continuing to focus on putting the construction crews to work in the high-growth urban centres while leaving the heartland out in the cold," Walker said in the release. "My concern is that even after the Liberals' record-high spending spree, which they're financing by borrowing against our grandchildren, they're still no closer to getting a shovel in the ground to build the Markdale hospital, no closer to building the new school in Hanover or any closer to replacing our aging nursing homes in Bruce and Grey."

While the MPP said he welcomed "spending initiatives for social programs and long-term care and wellness" announced in yesterday's budget at Queen's Park, he added that he remains skeptical of the government's ability to deliver on front-line services.

"I'm pleased to hear they want to address the gaps in the developmental sector services, which has 21,000 people on the waitlist, but the challenge for this administration is in ensuring that dollars do go to front-line services, as opposed to just hiring more bureaucrats," Walker said in the release. "We know this is a big government with a poor track-record of cutting waste and corruption."

Walker sayid he has "serious doubts the government would achieve a balanced budget by 2017."