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: “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: “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.