Patrick Brown claimed: “… they make infrastructure programs that are impossible to apply for where they give no discretion to municipalities—it’s that a cookie-cutter formula…”
Fact: We’ve worked closely with our municipal partners to re-design the ways that we distribute funding through programs like the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. Our new programs ensure that we are using a fair and transparent process that recognizes the unique infrastructure needs and economic conditions of Ontario’s municipalities.
Patrick Brown claimed: “You know, there was the bridge in Pickering where they built part of a bridge—the truss on a bridge—upside down.”
Fact: For the umpteenth time, it was not built upside down and the company that was building the bridge was terminated for their delays and overall poor performance.
(Source : Ministry of Transportation)
Patrick Brown claimed: “You go around the province and you see examples of these infrastructure promises that have not been honored. You know—Kitchener, two-way, all-day GO, promise made, promise broken. GO service to Niagara—promise made, promise broken. Highway 69, way behind schedule.”
Fact: We’ve kept our promises and have continued to make very 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 this province.
Patrick Brown claimed: “Ontario has promised to spend $190 billion dollars on infrastructure over the next 13 years. One of the problems though is that it continues to be a lot of fancy talk and very little fancy action.”
Fact: Whether it’s the recent ground breaking of the Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Wellington County, building a new secondary school in Niagara Region, or our recently announced expansion of Highway 26 in Collingwood, we continue to make record infrastructure investments in communities across the province. Perhaps Patrick Brown should spend some time checking his facts on our newly centralized infrastructure website
Patrick Brown claimed: “I will not be bringing in any tax increases”
Fact: Not true – he’s promised again and again to bring in an expensive, ineffective carbon tax.
Patrick Brown claimed: “now we have the government walking back their commitment [to natural gas] by 130 million”
Fact: Municipalities have been clear they prefer our $100 M Natural Gas Grant program. AMO President Lynn Dollin had this to say:
"The Natural Gas Grant program will improve access, affordability and choice for people living in rural and Northern Ontario. We welcome this approach, and look forward to seeing the positive impacts this program will have across the province."