Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski says he’s hoping the upcoming provincial budget will do a better job of tackling its debt.

He says Ontario is paying around $12-billion a year in interest alone.

He says the province could be stretching that debt to its limits.

Yakabuski says he’s cautiously optimistic heading into the April 27th delivery of the budget being it’s an election year.