Patrick Brown claimed: “You have the Financial Accountability Officer, you have the Auditor General saying the government’s numbers don’t add up”
Fact: The Financial Accountability Officer recently said: “The FAO projects that a balanced budget is within the government’s reach in 2017-18”
Fact: Paul Boothe, the Managing Director of the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing and a Fellow of the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity also recently said “When it was elected three years ago, the government promised to restore fiscal balance after many years of deficits. Today, Ontario’s finances are back on track.”
Patrick Brown claimed: “Ontario a have not province receiving equalization payments”
Fact: In 2016-17 Ontario paid $6.9 billion into the equalization program and only received $2.3 billion from it. In addition, 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: “Other provinces are moving ahead with coding…And the curriculum in Ontario seems to be the last”
Patrick Brown claimed: “…I want to see what’s in the contracts”
Fact: The contracts are already public on the IESO’s website. Here is the link.
Patrick Brown claimed: “I want to make sure that every cent that is collected stays in Ontario”
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: “Unfair hydro act, you'd think they'd stop signing new ones with this massive over generation. The next day they proceeded with 1000 new energy applications”
Fact: Todd Smith, Patrick Brown’s very own PC energy critic, was on the Agenda with Steve Paikin on March 6th, 2017. He admitted this was entirely inaccurate.
Here’s the exchange:
Steve Paikin: “But they’re not signing any new contracts. So the tweet says she signs the next round of bad energy contracts tomorrow is inaccurate, right?”
Todd Smith: “Yeah, Okay. I’ll say that’s inaccurate.”
Seems like Todd and Patrick need to get their stories straight.
Patrick Brown claimed: “Premier Kathleen Wynne said she got in politics to fight Harris on closures, but McGuinty and Wynne have closed more than any government in Ontario history.”
Fact: Our recent budget, which Patrick Brown proudly voted against, invests $16 billion over 10 years to build 95 new schools and renovate 54 existing ones. This will be on top of the 810 new schools we’ve already build and the 780 school additions we’ve funded.
(Source: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2017/ch4b.html#b12, http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?locale=en&Date=2017-5-17&detailPage=/house-proceedings/votes-and-proceedings/files_html/084_May_17_2017_Votes.htm#tidyout)
Patrick Brown claimed: “A lot of schools don’t even have shop class”
Fact: 183 schools in Ontario have shop class including in Patrick Brown’s own community, like Barrie ÉS Roméo Dallaire, Barrie North CI and Innisdale SS