Patrick Brown claimed: “They spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a giant rubber duck…”
Fact: If one thing has been made clear over his two years in office, it’s that Patrick Brown does not support local tourism. He continues to speak out against a project that had an economic impact of over $7 million. 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. Over 750,000 people attended the Redpath Waterfront Festival to see the rubber duck and area businesses reported record sales over that Canada Day weekend bringing huge benefits to the local economy.
Patrick Brown claimed: “We will phase [a $15 minimum wage] in over four years”
Fact: Delaying a minimum wage increase is the same as denying one and Patrick Brown would need to introduce legislation to roll-back a $15 minimum wage coming into effect in 2019. His party also voted against increasing the minimum wage this year.
Patrick Brown claimed: “There’s the Liberal cap-and-trade slush fund…”
Fact: Every dollar generated through carbon market revenues from business will be deposited in a dedicated account and reinvested into green projects like GO Regional Express Rail, hospital retrofits like those announced at the Hospital for Sick Children this week, repairs to schools and social housing, new bike lanes and energy-efficient home retrofits.
Brown wants to scrap our plan and all of these investments in favour of a more expensive carbon tax that would add an estimated $1,200 in annual costs for families.
Patrick Brown claimed: “We’ve never seen this level of partisan advertising…”
Fact: Ontario remains the only jurisdiction in Canada to enact legislation that bans government-paid partisan advertising. We passed this historic legislation because we don’t believe that governments should be using taxpayer dollars for partisan advertising. And as part of the 2015 Budget, we modernized the Government Advertising Act to give the Auditor General oversight of digital, transit and movie theater ads - something the AG has called for. This is to ensure that the partisan advertising we saw with the Harris government to attack teachers and health care workers cannot be repeated.
Patrick Brown claimed: “We got the Liberals promising they’re going to kick start the high speed rail in London. Nothing happens”
Fact: We continue to take remarkable steps forward on delivering a high speed rail train that will connect southwestern Ontario with fast, efficient and reliable transportation. In May we announced that we are moving ahead with design work and investing $15 million into a comprehensive environmental assessment. And just last month we announced that we are establishing an Advisory Board that will engage with businesses and local communities to drive this critical project forward.
Patrick Brown claimed: “They built part of a bridge in Pickering upside down because they don’t have performance and measurement targets when it comes to infrastructure spending…”
Fact: Though it may be a regular Brown fib, the Pickering Bridge was not built upside down and the company was terminated for their delays and overall poor performance. In fact, last year’s Infrastructure Track Record report - done by the independent Turner and Townsend - found that IO completed an extremely high percentage of projects on budget, and that the “high percentage of projects complete on-budget indicates that IO takes a proper due diligence process.”
(Source: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/12/04/pickering-pedestrian-bridge-ran-into-trouble-early-on.html, Ministry of Transportation)
(Source: Infrastructure Ontario 2016 Track Record Report)
Patrick Brown claimed: “the PC party has promised to do a value for money audit across government”
Fact: On page 76 of the ‘People’s Guarantee’, Patrick Brown commits to making over $12 billion worth of cuts to the services that the people of Ontario rely on such as healthcare and education.
(Source: page 76, https://www.ontariopc.ca/peoplesguarantee)