Patrick Brown Claimed: “Do we need more of their experience on receiving equalization payments and being a have-not province? Absolutely not.”
Fact: In 2016-17 Ontario paid $6.9 billion into the equalization program and only received $2.3 billion from it. In addition, according to the Mowat Centre, “Ontarians have consistently contributed more to the federal government in total tax revenue than they have received in federal spending in return”.
Fact: Ontario has led the G7 in economic growth for the past 3 years
Fact: In the last 10 months Ontario created almost 100,000 new jobs - more than any other province.
Fact: Ontario’s unemployment rate is at 5.8%, its lowest level in 16 years.
Patrick Brown Claimed: “We know on the Samsung deal, we couldn't get out of all of it but we could have got out of a billion and a half.”
Fact: Premier Wynne renegotiated the contract with Samsung, saving Ontarians $3.7 B.
Patrick Brown Claimed: “There are some contracts they're hiding. They won't give us the details.”
Fact: For the umpteenth time, the contracts are already public on the IESO’s website. Here is the link.
Patrick Brown Claimed: “They just proceeded with 1,100 contracts the day after their unfair hydro plan.”
Fact: The last time Todd Smith, PC energy critic, was on the Agenda with Steve Paikin on March 6th, 2017, he completely 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.”
Brown was mistakenly referring to a deadline for participants to withdraw applications to FIT 5. This is very, very clear on the IESO’s website.