Another Lesson In Throwing Our Tax Dollars at the Business Community and Taking Credit for It
Posted August 4th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper of Niagara At Large, followed by one of the latest funding announcements from the Ford Government
By Doug Draper –
I was given a heads up in an advisory from Ontario’s Ford government that Premier Doug Ford and his entourage would be in Niagara this August 4th as part of a cross-province tour it is doing, as it throws money around, most at members of the business community, like drunkin’ sailors.
I was given a list of the times and locations where Ford and company would be doing their run through our region, and I decided from the get-go that there was no way I was going to run around with hapless mainstream media reporters, following this orchestrated show like a bunch of lemmings.
Yes, I know, I know.
The premier has taken the time to come here with some of his ministers, and always with his only fellow Tory MPP in the region, Niagara West’s Sam Oosterhoff, sprinkling money our way, and we should be ever so grateful.
But I’m sorry, we’ve had other Ford government ministers here in recent months like the insufferable Lisa McLeod (who never found enough money in her previous capacity as the province’s social services minister for kids and families coping with autism) tossing money at tourist businesses and so forth. And always with young Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff at their side.
And what a magnanimous gesture on their part!
Don’t misunderstand. I am all in favour of governments spending money in ways that improve the lives of people and the communities we collectively live in.
Let’s not forget, though, where this money is coming from and, in the case of the Ford government, is it going where it is needed the most and where it can do the most good for all, or is it going to their business friends and to sectors in the province most likely to support them politically?
The bottomline is that the money they are throwing at one party or another is not Doug Ford’s money, nor is it Sam Oosterhoff’s money, in the sense that it is all coming out of their pockets.
It is OUR money – money that many ordinary Ontario residents who can’t afford lawyers to help them practice tax avoidance – that this government is throwing around, even while it has been busy cutting funding for health care, long-term care homes, education and protecting our environment.
And where is the Ford government’s generosity when it comes to seeing that front-line grocery store workers and others – who, in the middle of an ongoing killer pandemic, just had their two-dollars-extra-an-hour cancelled by the billionaire barons who own the retail outlets they work in – receive a minimum wage that is livable?
So you will have to forgive me if I am not impressed with Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s touring and tossing out the bucks in Niagara this August 4th.
And by the way, don’t you just love the way all of these hard-nose Conservatives in the business and agricultural community complain about governments spending “too much money” until they get some?
Now here is one of the Ford government’s news releases on its August 4th Niagara tour –
Beamsville, Ontario ― The Ontario Government Is Providing Clean Works Medical And Pure Life Machinery With $2 Million From The Ontario Together Fund To Help Manufacture A One-Of-A-Kind, Sanitizing Device Called The Clean Flow Healthcare Mini. This Ontario-Made Device Can Decontaminate Up To 800 N95 Masks Per Hour Along With Other Personal Protective Equipment.
Sam Oosterhoff, MPP For Niagara West Hosted Premier Doug Ford And Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation And Trade For Today’s (August 4th) Announcement.
“This Is An Incredible Success Story About An Ontario Apple Farmer Taking Technology Used To Decontaminate Produce And Converting It Into A Device That Can Decontaminate Personal Protective Equipment,” said Premier Ford. “By Making Targeted Investments And Supporting These Homegrown Innovative Trailblazers, We Are Not Only Supporting Our Economic Recovery, We Are Also Making Sure We Are Ready With The Necessary PPE And Equipment Should The Need Arise In The Future.”
With Ontario’s Support, The Company Will Scale Up The Production Of Its Clean Flow Healthcare Mini Portable Disinfectant Device To Nearly Triple Its Current Capacity. The Device Is A Health Canada-Approved Innovation Based On Existing Technology Designed To Disinfect Fresh Produce. The Technology Uses UV Light, Hydrogen Peroxide And Ozone To Decontaminate Surfaces. The Technology Can Destroy Up To 99.99 Per Cent Of Pathogens And Viruses On Surfaces, Making Them As Sterile As An Operating Room.
“Niagara Is One Of The Most Innovative Regions In The Province”, Said MPP Oosterhoff.
“I’m Very Pleased That Our Government Is Supporting Local Businesses Like Clean Works So That They Can Protect More Frontline Workers And Provide More Jobs.”
Ontario’s Funding Will Support 19 New Jobs And The Purchase And Installation Of Metal Fabrication, Equipment Assembly, And Facility Modifications.
“We Are Ecstatic That The Ontario Government Has Selected Clean Works Medical And Pure Life Machinery As Recipients Of The Ontario Together Fund,” Said Mark Vanderveen, President Of Clean Works. “The Ontario Together Fund Will Enable Us To Scale Up Our Production And Triple Our Capacity. Our Innovative Disinfection Devices Will Ensure Those On The Frontlines Have Clean PPE To Continue The Fight Against COVID-19.”
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