Patrick Brown Said: "We have become the capital of red tape in North America"
Fact: The CFIB nominated has nominated the Ontario government for its golden scissors award for cutting red tape 3 years in a row. This year the government received two nominations.
Patrick Brown said: "we continue to see jobs bleed because of the price of electricity"
Fact: Ontario is leading the G7 in economic growth.
Ontario is leading the country in job creation.
Patrick Brown said: "We give away electricity at a loss and sometimes we pay them to take it, $6 billion we’ve given away"
Fact: When the PC’s were in power, they spent $900 million importing electricity due to lack of supply. Given our current position of strength, Ontario is a now net exporter, benefitting ratepayers to the tune of $230 million in 2015
(Source: Independent Electricity System Operator)
Patrick Brown said: "stop the fire sale of Hydro One immediately, we’re going to lose future control of rate increases with the fire sale"
Fact: Energy rates will continue to be set by the independent Ontario Energy Board, who has a mandate to protect ratepayers.
Patrick Brown said: "Let me give you one example the Samsung deal…We could’ve taken a Billion—we could’ve got out of a Billion and a half and the government chose to blow that Billion and a half"
Fact: Premier Wynne renegotiated the contract with Samsung, saving Ontarians $3.7 Billion.
Patrick Brown said: "You know I was at the group health centre in the Soo, which is the major healthcare network there in the Soo; and they told me because of the 12-year funding freeze, they had to get rid of mental health workers"
Fact: Since 2012 the Ministry of Health has increased operating funding at the GHC by 46%. The Government has also recently made the following investments at GHC, $500,000 for a new building study, $1.6 million to expand Willow Avenue site, $744,000 Vascular Intervention Program, $550,000 for Clinical Learning Centre (NOHFC), $500,000 for elevator upgrades, $216,000 annual funding for cardiac rehabilitation program.
(Source: https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/group-health-centre-to-spend-half-a-million-orazoonies-on-new-building-study-304492, Ministry of Health)
Patrick Brown said: Being asked about candidates supporting social conservative issues in 2017 "I don’t think that’s a fair assessment"
Fact: To be fair it was 2016 but… Social conservative MPP chastised after saying Tory party has secret plan (https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2016/12/13/social-conservative-mpp-chastised-after-saying-tory-party-has-secret-plan.html)
Patrick Brown said: "Sam when he ran a by-election didn’t talk about social issues"