Ford Government’s Scheme for Auditing Municipalities is Nothing More Than a Money-Wasting P.R. Stunt

Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

“Only Doug Ford would cut billions from municipalities and school boards, then spend millions more hiring private consultants to justify those cuts.”                             – Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch

Posted May 21st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

WELLAND— NDP Official Opposition Municipal Affairs critic Jeff Burch released the following statement regarding Doug Ford’s latest scheme to use $7.35 million in public money to have private consultants conduct municipal audits:

Ontario Premier  Doug Ford, and his government continue to download countless mllions of dollars in “Ford Taxes” on municipalities as he axes services at provincial level.

“Only Doug Ford would cut billions from municipalities and school boards, then spend millions more hiring private consultants to justify those cuts.

Ford’s plan to hire consultant auditors is nothing more than a publicity stunt, and a waste of money – especially since they’re just to re-doing work already done by each municipality’s auditors.

Doug Ford is making deep cuts to child care spaces, public health units, transit and other critical services — and municipalities are now being forced to either accept those devastating cuts, or charge families a Ford Tax to make up the difference.

In our children’s schools, Ford has cut per student funding, jacked up the number of kids in each classroom, and forced schools to cut hundreds of classes and options for kids. Putting a private consultant in the driver’s seat won’t change any of this.

Doug Ford’s definition of finding efficiencies is to slash funding for public health, education, climate change mitigation and more — so I doubt municipalities and school boards are interested in learning from Ford’s slash-and-burn budget style.

Ontario families deserve better than a government that spends public money on a public relations stunt while cutting billions of dollars from the services that they depend on.”

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3 responses to “Ford Government’s Scheme for Auditing Municipalities is Nothing More Than a Money-Wasting P.R. Stunt

  1. Worse than that. It is a back door way of the Provincial Government taking over and dictating Municipal Government.

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  2. Linda McKellar

    I recall my employer hiring a financial efficiency firm at great expense to minimize financial waste and maximize efficiency. After being paid, they declared bankruptcy. They could have received much better advice from the employees free of charge..

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  3. Gary Screaton Page

    Are we really surprised? Ford is a millionaire businessman. Every corporate tax cut makes him richer. Every download to average families has far less impact on his personal bottom line than on theirs. How like Trump Ford is! Just what we need to see: the MEAN-ing of Ontario.
    Doug Ford has no real appreciation for the effect of class size on the education of Ontario’s kids. Teachers struggled for most of the 60s and 70s to reduce class sizes. The difference in teaching a class of forty-two grade fives, as I did in 64, and teaching a class of 25 or 30 as I did in the 70s was night and day. Everyone did better as students I still connect with so many years later can attest.
    Classroom size is just one way in which Ford, like Trump, swipes at the most vulnerable in our society. Remember, he removed over 400 healthcare workers but hired a few of his good friends for high-paying jobs. Let’s get rid of Ford next election. Once is enough! No, once is even too much.

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