Patrick Brown claimed: “You know the Liberals made this promise (High Speed Rail) at the last provincial election and nothing happened. But I just want to highlight the, the fact that, if Kathleen Wynne was really sincere about this, she would actually put the funds in the budget.”
Fact: Clearly Patrick Brown didn’t bother reading this year’s budget, otherwise he would have seen high-speed rail on page 159. We’re guessing he also doesn’t know that we issued a Request for Bids in December to move the project forward.
Patrick Brown claimed: “And I do support the high speed rail project…”
Fact: Actions speak louder than words - Patrick Brown and the Progressive Conservatives have continued to vote time and time again against commitments made in Budget 2016 and 2017 to move forward with high-speed rail for southwestern Ontario.
Patrick Brown claimed: “A Progressive Conservative recognizes significant needs we have when it comes to gridlock and transit infrastructure…”
Fact: Another phony commitment made by Patrick Brown given his record on infrastructure… In May, Brown voted against a budget that included over $190 billion in investments for infrastructure projects across the province. This includes funding for projects like the Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Wellington County, a new secondary school in Niagara Region, and the recently announced expansion of Highway 26 in Collingwood. Unlike Brown, we will continue to make record infrastructure investments in communities province-wide.
Patrick Brown claimed: “It’s a 22.5% tax cut for middle class families”
Fact: This is Patrick Brown's signature promise, and it is patently false. There isn’t a single person in Ontario who will actually see a 22.5% reduction in their personal income tax. That's because Patrick Brown is not factoring in the fact that we have a progressive income tax system, which has multiple income brackets. All Patrick Brown is talking about is a 22.5% cut in the rate of one bracket. And he's also not factoring in the increased costs because of his new, more expensive carbon tax. So when you look at what he's putting forward, it’s only about half of the equation, and it’s deceptive.
Patrick Brown claimed: “You can get a 75-percent refund of your childcare expenses under the People’s Guarantee”
Fact: Experts have already weighed into this, and have said that even the lowest-income families won’t get anywhere near 75 per cent of their child care-costs covered under this scheme.
Patrick Brown claimed: “You know, the average Ontarian over the last 15 years has become poorer than the average Canadian”
Fact: Average weekly earnings in Ontario are higher than the rest of Canada and up 34% since 2003. Also – we already know that Patrick Brown is going to roll-back our increase to minimum wage. 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: “I believe the PC party took the responsible approach to this saying that we’re going to support a $15 minimum wage”
Fact: The PCs voted against our Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act, saying no to phasing in a $15 minimum wage over 18 months, ensuring equal pay for equal work, introducing personal emergency leave days for every worker, two of which are paid, and ensuring three weeks’ vacation after five years with the same employer.
Patrick Brown claimed: “[Our minimum wage] will be introduced 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: “And that’s why a lot of the aspects of my policy platform are about relief for families”
Fact: On page 76 of Patrick Brown’s campaign document, he outlines $12.275 billion in cuts to programs and services that will hurt Ontario families. What he continues to forget, is that this includes over $6 billion in cuts to carbon market revenues that have already been earmarked for crucial capital improvements to hospitals, schools, social housing and more. And that’s only for the cuts we already know he’s making.
We’re balancing the budget this year and in the years that follow, and at the same time our government has the lowest per capita program spending in the country.