“It is going to take more than billions of dollars in cynical pre-election announcements for voters to forget the cuts Doug Ford’s Conservatives made.” – Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca
A News Release from Ontario’s Liberal Government
Posted March 30th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
In 2019, the Doug Ford Conservatives pledged to “end March madness spending”
QUEEN’S PARK – Doug Ford’s Conservatives have made well over $5.6 billion in pre-election expenses in the month of March alone according to a list compiled from government news releases by the Ontario Liberals (https://ontarioliberal.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/March-Madness-Backgrounder-2.pdf) .
“Everyone knows the real Doug Ford is a cutter, not an investor. It is going to take more than billions of dollars in cynical pre-election announcements for voters to forget the cuts Doug Ford’s Conservatives made during the full four years of their government,” Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca said.
This pre-election spending spree also represents another Doug Ford broken promise.
In 2019, the Doug Ford Conservatives pledged to “end March madness spending (https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/53512/ontario-government-saves-taxpayer-dollars-through-year-end-expenditure-management-and-ending-march-madness-spending) ” in an attempt to stop government ministries from using the remainder of their budgets before the end of the fiscal year. Now, with a provincial election right around the corner, Doug Ford is spending at an unprecedented pace to try to undo the damage and hardship his pre-pandemic cuts caused Ontarians.
The over $5.6 billion in government announcements span only the month of March 2022. The total does not include other recent multi-billion announcements such as licence plate stickers, the long-term transportation announcement, and aid for battery manufacturers.
“Ontarians are tired of the Ford Conservative’s cut first, spend later approach to every problem. It is time for a government with a real plan, for a change,” Del Duca added.
(A Footnote from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large – My fear, based on past experience, is that enough people will forget all of the cutting and gutting of programs, and that this pre-election spending spree will work to get Ford and his Conservatives elected this spring to a second term as a government.)
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