Patrick Brown claimed: “While the government continues to pledge that they are going to have a balanced budget, independent experts such as the Auditor General and the Financial Accountability Office have called that into question.”
Fact: The FAO actually said a balanced budget was achievable
Patrick Brown claimed: “Cap and trade…is a $1.9 B / year revenue grab for the government.”
Fact: Wrong. Putting a cap on the pollution businesses can release into the atmosphere guarantees emission reductions at the cheapest price possible for people and the economy. It’s the best approach forward for Ontario. Every dollar generated will be deposited in a dedicated account and reinvested into green projects like transit, electric vehicle incentives and housing retrofits that fight climate change. This means every dollar goes back into helping families and businesses successfully make the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Patrick Brown’s own carbon tax scheme would cost families and businesses four times more without guaranteeing any reductions. And it doesn’t include the investments necessary to reduce costs for families and businesses.
Patrick Brown claimed: “Some high schools have shop class, why would you get rid of it”
Fact: If Brown spoke to any of the students at the 24 high schools in Barrie, 8 high schools in Midland or 7 high schools in Orillia that offer Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs – which specialize in Shops and Trades he would know that he is wrong. If he did his homework, he would also know that in April 2015, we invested $55 million over three years to help the next generation of skilled tradespeople access the training, equipment and facilities they need.
Patrick Brown claimed: “there will be an artificial balanced budget that will not actually be balanced”
Fact: In 2016, Ontario lead the G7 in economic growth and we are balancing the budget this year and in the years that follow.
Patrick Brown claimed: “We have become a have not province”
Fact: In 2016-17 Ontario paid $6.9 billion into the equalization program and only received $2.3 billion from it. According to the Mowat Centre “Ontarians have consistently contributed more to the federal government in total tax revenue than they have received in federal spending in return”.
Patrick Brown claimed: “For years in Ontario, the PC party has been ringing alarm bells on the province’s [housing] affordability crisis”
Fact: Not true. Other than arriving late to the game and “sounding the alarm” on housing affordability for the first time in Question Period just last week, Patrick Brown and the PCs haven’t asked questions about this before. Prior to this late mention, it had been a while since the PCs asked about housing affordability – over 20 years in fact. The last question we heard from them was a friendly from former MPP Margaret Marland to then Finance Minister Ernie Eves on April 1st, 1997.