Patrick Brown said: “As I said in the legislature, Donald Trump is not making America great right now—Kathleen Wynne is, because she’s giving them free electricity and charging Ontarians for it”
Fact: If we look at employment growth since 2009, Ontario has seen growth of (9.4%), with Michigan (8.8%), Pennsylvania (6.6%) and New York (2.4%) all trailing behind.
(Source: Statistics Canada, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics and Ontario Ministry of Finance).
Patrick Brown said: “In Health Care, we’ve got a Health Minister who’s cutting Hospitals, fired 1400 Nurses”
Fact: 26,000 more nurses are working in Ontario since we took office and our 2016 budget invested an extra $1 Billion in health care.
Patrick Brown said: “You know we’re not teaching kids coding”
Patrick Brown said: “We subsidize, we give electricity at a loss to Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York”
Fact: Fossil-fuel reliant U.S. states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York have higher electricity prices than Ontario. In 2015, Ontario’s average industrial electricity prices were 8.35 c/kwh in the South and 6.35 c/kwh in the North. These rates are lower than New York 8.72 c/kwh, Pennsylvania 9.59 c/kwh, Michigan 9.13 c/kwh, and the U.S. industrial average 8.71 c/kwh.
(Source: Hydro Quebec, Ontario Ministry of Energy, IESO).
Patrick Brown said: “The province is repaving roads every two years”
Fact: Roads are not repaved every two years. In 2007, 59% of provincial pavements were classified as being in good repair--thanks to our investments that number is now up to 80%.
Patrick Brown said: “so she’s whispering to the City of Toronto, “you know what, I can’t give you the money I promised, but I’m going to let you put a tax on”
Fact: The only thing we’re whispering to the City of Toronto is the indisputable fact that we’ve invested billions of dollars to support the expansion of transit in Toronto, $3.7B for GO RER which will form the foundation for Smart Track, $5.3 billion for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, $1.2 billion for the Finch LRT, ($1.48 billion in 2010$) for the Bloor-Danforth Subway extension and $870 million for the Toronto-York-Spadina Subway extension ($870 million).
Patrick Brown said: “The Auditor General just did an assessment and the reason money not going to Toronto is we don’t measure performance”
Fact: Here is a link to the Auditor’s report. If you search the document the word “Toronto” comes up 147 times but not once does the Auditor say what Patrick Brown claims she did.