Patrick Brown claimed: “Nothing’s happening because they took [the Ring of Fire] out of the budget.”
Fact: Not true. We are absolutely committed to developing the Ring of Fire, including investing up to $1 billion for the necessary transportation infrastructure. This commitment was already included within the broader budget and remains so today.
Patrick Brown claimed: “we’re a have-not province right now”
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”.
Fact: Ontario’s unemployment rate is at 5.8%, its lowest level in 16 years.
Fact: Ontario has led the G7 in economic growth for the past three years.
Fact: Ontario is leading Canada in Foreign Direct Investment, and in the top 3 in North America.
(Source: FDI Intelligence)
Patrick Brown claimed: “When you lose control of where and when hydro transmission is built or expanded, you lose control in government to set public policy.”
Fact: Bill 112 provides Cabinet with the clear authority to identify priority transmission projects. All other elements of the OEB’s existing approval processes, including reviewing costs for prudency and allocation, would remain in place.
Patrick Brown claimed: “The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines had their budget slashed by $70M.”
Fact: Baseline funding at the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines is actually higher than before. The change seen in this year’s overall budget is due to the fact that the Ministry undertook $100 million worth of one-time, unanticipated mine site rehabilitation last year to help protect the environment.
Patrick Brown claimed: “When you have a provincial government that sets Northern policy from Queen’s Park, that doesn’t step foot in Northern Ontario, there’s not a sense of what the challenges are, there’s not a sense of what the opportunities are.”
Fact: Northern Ontario has multiple voices at the Cabinet table weighing in on every decision made by the province. The PCs have fewer MPPs from this region than any other party.
Patrick Brown claimed: “It was the Liberals who brought in the anti-SLAPP legislation… it was the wrong thing for Northern Ontario and it cost – it will cost jobs in Northern Ontario”
Fact: PC MPPs Bob Bailey, Steve Clark, Ernie Hardeman, Randy Hillier, Sylvia Jones, Lisa MacLeod, Gila Martow, Jim McDonell, Monte McNaughton, Julia Munro, Rick Nicholls, Lisa Thompson, Bill Walker, Jim Wilson, and Jeff Yurek voted in favour of the Anti-SLAPP legislation.