Patrick Brown claimed: “the Liberals continue to approve more [green energy] projects”
Fact: We suspended LRP 2 more than a year ago and have ended the FIT program.
Patrick Brown claimed: “Under the Liberals, we’ve seen more schools close than any other government in the province’s history”
Fact: Our 2017 budget, which Patrick Brown proudly said he would vote 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. On top of that he’s also promised to cut over $12 Billion from essential services, which would mean massive cuts to education.
Patrick Brown claimed: “They are mismanaging your precious infrastructure dollars…. whether it’s faulty bridges…they are mismanaging what they do spend on infrastructure.”
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)
Patrick Brown claimed: “When it comes to infrastructure, it’s like the movie Groundhog Day: you get the same concerns, again and again, the same promises again and again, but there’s no delivery..”
Fact: Patrick Brown’s record on infrastructure? Voting against provincial budgets that have included over $190 billion in investments for infrastructure projects across the province including in Rural Ontario. 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.
Patrick Brown claimed: “Our plan is also going to deliver a pretty significant commitment when it comes to mental health…”
Fact: Each and every year we spend more than $3 billion dollars on mental health and addictions to get Ontarians the care they need when and where they need it. And Minister Hoskins has already committed to providing an additional more than $1.9 billion over the next ten years to provide better and more accessible mental health services across the province.
Patrick Brown claimed: “we will provide help when it comes to childcare—up to 75 percent refund of childcare expenses…”
Fact: Experts have already weighed in and have resoundingly confirmed 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: “An Ontario PC government will restore the $70-million cut by the Wynne Liberals made to OMPF.”
Fact: Under our Liberal government, municipalities will benefit from more than $4.2 billion in ongoing support in 2018 through the OMPF, provincial uploads, and other provincial initiatives — nearly four times the level provided in 2003.
Patrick Brown claimed: In the “Ring of Fire…nothing is actually happening”
Fact: We’re building a year-round access road into the Ring of Fire.
Patrick Brown claimed: “a 22.5-percent tax cut for the middle class”
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: “Ontario PCs will bring about positive change that works for rural Ontario”
Fact: On page 76 of Patrick Brown’s campaign document, he outlines $12.275 billion in cuts to programs and services that will hurt rural Ontario.