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Ford’s deficit hype conceals Ontario’s dirty secret

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

… Ontario already has the lowest program spending (per capita) among Canada’s 10 provinces — before Ford’s spending cuts click in… While the provincial average for revenue (per capita) is $12,373, Ontario only collects $10,415 (per capita) — a significantly smaller amount… And Ford is making the problem worse by cutting taxes a further $3.6 billion a year… Ford’s measures — despite his claim to be acting “for the people” — redirect resources from ordinary people to corporations and the rich.

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Ontario’s budget based on math, not ideology

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

People in this province understand that Ontario must either right its fiscal ship or risk becoming a fiscal failed state. The interest on debt accumulated by the previous Liberal government is the single largest cut to frontline services in Ontario’s history.This is what responsibility, fiscal balance, and protecting what matters most looks like… This is what Premier Ford and our Progressive Conservative team were elected to do.

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Doug Ford’s government is a axe-wielding agent of chaos

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

If you were serious about preserving or enhancing services while also making administration more effective and cost-efficient, what you might do is sit down with the people doing the work and figure out a plan with them to do things more effectively. And if you succeeded, you’d see better services materialize and costs lowered, and you could announce the proven savings in your next budget… This doesn’t appear to be a government making tough but worthwhile changes. It appears to be a government gleefully wielding a wrecking ball…

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Ford’s plan to eliminate teaching jobs gets a failing grade in new poll

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Even though the question echoed Ford’s insistence that no current teachers will lose their jobs, 62 per cent still opposed the change, with 23 per cent in favour and 15 per cent neither supporting or opposing or unsure… Similarly, those polled were not enthusiastic about the government’s plan to have high school students take four online classes over four years, with 57 per cent opposed…

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Ford government undermining foundation of Ontario’s success

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Success is the result of investing in growth, in access to education in a knowledge-based economy and the long-term health of the population. Public debt could be the most effective instrument to achieve beneficial results. The payback is profound. Many Canadians understand this relationship, wanting tax value, not tax cuts. What is of grave concern now is that the Ford administration is in the process of undermining the foundation of Ontario’s success in every field of public endeavour.

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Legal Aid Ontario has top-notch lawyers

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Our mixed model of staff and private bar service delivery is still the most cost-effective method of delivering legal services to over 700,000 people annually. Our goal is to see our clients get legal help and we will continue to do that cost-effectively… our front-line lawyers provide critical services for clients. Their jobs are not easy, and they are dedicated, tireless advocates for their clients.

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When politics crowds out good tax policy

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce recently called for a royal commission on tax reform. Another approach would be to create a continuing tax review or advisory process separate from the political cycle, where expert and evidence-based analysis could help to develop proposed reforms to the tax system – ideally not just federally, but also provincially and at the municipal level. Serious non-partisan research and public engagement would be critical to its success.

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Mowat Centre to shut down after losing government funding

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

… director Andrew Parkin said the non-partisan centre would be closing because of the cancellation of its funding agreement with the province. Established in 2009 and associated with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, the Mowat Centre conducts research projects related to public policy on a wide variety of topics including education, immigration and climate change… Another think tank, the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity, announced two weeks ago that it would also be closing as a result of an end to provincial funding.

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Should we cover the health bills of snowbirds and cross-border shoppers?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Anyone who is foolish enough to travel without first purchasing private health insurance faces the prospect of catastrophic medical bills, with or without this program. The OOC program is also highly inefficient. A lot of time, energy and money is spent making piddling payments: There are about 88,000 claims a year, and the average reimbursement is $127. Put another way, it costs $2.8-million to pay $9-million in claims and those payments cover less than 5 per cent of travellers’ medical bills.

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The Progressive Conservatives’ first budget targets Ontario’s universities

Monday, April 29th, 2019

… this budget delivered what OCUFA expected: a continued attack on workers’ rights, university autonomy and public services including postsecondary education, and needless cuts to public services, especially those aimed at low-income Ontarians… projected to be cut by $700 million, which mainly reflects a deep cut (over $670 million) to the Student Financial Assistance (OSAP) budget… The budget included several postsecondary-related announcements.

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