Ford Held Back On Funding Assistance For Health Care and Other Needs During Pandemic

Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office Shows The Ford Government Withheld $10.3 Billion From Ontarians, Including Over $1 Billion For Long-Term Care And Public Health

A News Release from Ontario’s NDP Official Opposition Party

Posted July 21st, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Has Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Conservative government really been doing everything then can to get COVID-19 funding assistance to those who really need it?

A new report from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) shows the Ford government withheld $10.3 billion from Ontarians during the pandemic, including sitting on over $1 billion earmarked for long-term care and public health.

“While our loved ones suffered in long-term care, businesses struggled through painfully long lockdowns, and the province could not keep up with things like contract tracing, the Ford government was squirrelling away billions of dollars that they refused to invest to help Ontarians,” said NDP Finance critic Catherine Fife.

The FAO report shows that the government spent $10.3 billion less than promised last year. The FAO reported Ford withheld over $1 billion in health care funds during the pandemic, plus $368 million in funding for public health and $95 million for long-term care.

“Ford promised to spare no expense to tackle COVID-19 and help Ontarians make it through the pandemic. Instead, he chose to cut every corner. It’s clear that Ford just didn’t want to spend the money on everyday people — and the price we all paid was immense,” said Fife.

“Now we’re all left to wonder if the lockdowns could have been shorter. If the third wave could have been less deadly and painful. If our loved ones in long-term care could have been spared some of the anguish and devastation.

“The Ford government had the money and they refused to spend it. That’s why we need a full public inquiry into Ontario’s COVID-19 response.”

A Brief Note from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –

As this post was about to go live on Niagara At Large, the following statement on this issue came in from the leadership of Ontario’s Liberal Party –

DOUG FORD SHORT-CHANGED ONTARIO’S PANDEMIC RESPONSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO – Steven Del Duca, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, issued the following statement:

“During a pandemic when we needed our government most, Doug Ford shortchanged Ontarians. My heart breaks thinking of the impact this $10.3 billion could have had if it was put towards providing 10 days of paid sick leave, support for our loved ones in nursing homes, and a safe return to school last September. Lives and livelihoods could have been saved.”

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One response to “Ford Held Back On Funding Assistance For Health Care and Other Needs During Pandemic

  1. Ford wants to buy our votes June 2022. I expect Ford will start spending the money late winter and spring 2022.

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