Patrick Brown claimed: “We said we are going to find two pennies of savings for every dollar the government spends”
Fact: For Brown, we know what this means. 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.
Patrick Brown claimed: “Whether it is allowing power execs to expense raccoon traps and scuba gear”
Fact: Every single one of these expenses was completely unacceptable and has been repaid. One generator responsible for two-thirds of ineligible costs was fined an additional $10 million.
Patrick Brown claimed: “These groups ran U.S. style negative ads”
Fact: Patrick Brown has been running his own ads, which a former U.S. campaign advisor has said are, “strikingly Trumpesque in its style,” and that his ads are "…the kind of style Trump used throughout the (2016 presidential) campaign, willful disregard for the truth."
Patrick Brown claimed: “The largest investment in mental health in Canadian provincial history…”
Fact: Each and every year the government spends more than $3 billion on mental health and addictions to get Ontarians the care they need when and where they need it – but we know that we need to do more. That is why Minister Hoskins has already committed to providing an additional $1.9 billion over the next ten years to provide better and more accessible mental health services across the province.
Patrick Brown claimed: “after eight years of being a have-not province”
Fact: In 2017-18, it is estimated that Ontarians will contribute approximately $7.1 billion to the Equalization program while Ontario will only receive roughly $1.4 billion in return — representing a net contribution of $5.7 billion — the highest of all provinces.
Patrick Brown claimed: “We’re going to cut the regulatory burden, the red tape, that suffocates small businesses out of Queen’s Park”
Fact: Minister Duguid just won the first ever Bear award for cutting red tape.
Fact: Ontario’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level in 17 years.
(Source: Stats Canada)
Patrick Brown claimed: “it includes 22.5% 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.