Parick Brown claimed: “the government’s closing schools to pay for their own mismanagement”
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: “You look at the Scarborough subway—you know that, that they’ve made that promise every single by-election”
Fact: This continues to be such a weird claim for him to make. We were first at the table with money for this project and we continue to be.
Patrick Brown claimed: “So you’ve the Niagara 2-way GO, you’ve got the Kitchener 2-way GO, you’ve got the twinning of Highway 69, you’ve got the high-speed rail in London—all these promises that have been made previously and not honored”
Fact: We’ve kept our promises and shown real progress on every one of these critical transportation projects. Whether it’s improving GO service for students and families in Niagara, adding more infrastructure or GO service in Kitchener, or moving forward on Highway 69 we’re delivering more transportation options to Ontarians in every corner of the province.
Patrick Brown claimed: “There was the bridge in Pickering—they built part of the bridge upside-down and then gave that same company another contract”
Fact: This bridge was not built upside down. The company that was building the bridge had their contract terminated for poor performance. Bruce McCuaig, CEO of Metrolinx clarified this months ago: “A beam associated with the support structure for the cladding was installed incorrectly. It was a support beam, not a truss, that was installed out of alignment . . . . This misalignment and the contractor’s refusal to fix the misalignment was one of the primary reasons for termination on the second contract. This, as well as the “careless welding,” is why they were fired for ‘poor performance.”
Patrick Brown claimed: “You look at the 403, we were repaving the 403 every 2 years instead of every 15 years”
Fact: In 2007, 59% of provincial pavements were classified as being in good repair – that number is now nearly 80%. In 2007, 69% of our provincial bridges were classified as being in good repair – that number is now 85%.
(Source: Ministry of Transportation)
Patrick Brown claimed: “Let me give you an example of infrastructure. We’re spending 190 billion on infrastructure over the next 15 years—that’s a big amount. According to the Auditor General, we could be seeing cost overruns of 25 percent—imagine that, 25 percent on 190 billion”
Fact: The AFP model we implemented has saved the province $6.6 billion and independent 3rd party organizations have looked at our infrastructure procurement model and found that 96% of projects were completed on budget. The Auditor General also recognized this in her report.
Patrick Brown claimed: “Because you only hear about the salacious examples—the 200,000-dollar giant, rubber duck or the Canada Goose jackets for government workers”
Fact: We’re wondering if Patrick Brown plans to visit the duck when it visits his riding later this month? While Patrick Brown was clear about his lack of support for festivals and events in Ontario, crowds have been lining up to see the duck. The economic boost for local economies has shown that our investments are effective and critically important for our tourism sector. We also know that for every dollar we spend, it triggers about $20 worth of ancillary investments, and we know that that’s important.
Patrick Brown claimed: “I love asking her how it feels to the best Minister of Economic Development that Pennsylvania has ever seen”
Fact: The recently released Foreign Direct Investment numbers show that Ontario is far outpacing Pennsylvania when it comes to attracting investment with Ontario attracting $9.9 Billion compared to Pennsylvania which only attracted $3.7 Billion.
Patrick Brown claimed: “You’d think they’d stop signing these bad contracts—well they just proceeded with 1100 more”
Fact: When 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.
Parick Brown claimed: “We give [power] away to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan”
Fact: We’ve seen this one from Patrick Brown before. The last time the provincial Conservatives were in power, they spent $900 million importing electricity over two years just to keep the lights on. Given our position of strength, Ontario is a net exporter now, benefitting ratepayers to the tune of $230 million in 2015 (as estimated by the Independent Electricity System Operator).