Vincent Ke & Doug Ford Handled Rice Distribution

Vincent Ke & Doug Ford Handled Rice Distribution

During the Spring Festival, Rice Distribution is a traditional event. In various large celebrations, Chinese people gift an apple and a pack of rice to everyone who attends. The sender wishes the recipients all a year of good fortune and peace. For decades, distributing an apple and a pack of rice to the audience has […]

Fun-Warm-Energetic: PC MPP Candidate Vincent Ke Successfully Hosted Volunteer Appreciation Party Welcoming Another Triumph

Fun-Warm-Energetic: PC MPP Candidate Vincent Ke Successfully Hosted Volunteer Appreciation Party Welcoming Another Triumph

On Saturday night, December 16, 2017, Oriole Community Centre housed a warm and hospitable Christmas party hosted by Vicent Ke, the Progressive Conservative Party MPP candidate for Don Valley North, in recognition and appreciation for the volunteers on his campaign team. Over 300 volunteers attended the party.     In Vincent’s opening speech, he expressed […]

Ontario PC 2018 Platform

Ontario PC 2018 Platform

22.5% lower income taxes for the middle class A 75% refund of child care expenses 12% more off your hydro bill The largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history The first-ever Trust, Integrity and Accountability Act

Chinese Dragon’s Debut in Toronto Santa Claus Parade 2017

Chinese Dragon’s Debut in Toronto Santa Claus Parade 2017

Local time, November 19, 2017, in Toronto, Canada, the annual Toronto Santa Clause Parade arrived in time. The parade was formed with 25 themed animated floats, 22 marching bands and more than 200 Celebrity Clowns and over 1,500 volunteer performers wearing festive costumes, forming a spectacular view winding its way on the central lanes in […]

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ONTARIO PC TEAM IS READY TO GOVERN

June 5, 2018June 5, 2018
With the June 7 Ontario Election just days away, Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today discussed how the PC team of all star candidates will be ready to govern on day one. “We have a team that is ready to govern,” said Ford. “Our candidates include public servants, including majors and cabinet ministers with decades of experience, small business people, teachers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, journalists, police officers, veterans and reservists — all of whom are continuing their public service in a new arena.” Ford contrasted the Ontario PC all-star team to the slate of candidates being offered by the NDP. To date the NDP has enabled multiple candidates with offensive and radical views that include histories of anti-Semitism, accusing the men and women of the Canadian forces of war crimes, calling for a 35 cent per litre carbon tax, multiple arrests for crimes like sabotage and publicly taunting local police with profanity and racial slurs. “Andrea Horwath has had weeks to hold her candidates accountable. She has had weeks to demand a higher standard. She has had weeks to demonstrate her party has changed for the better,” said Ford. “Instead, Ms. Horwath continues to coddle and indulge the extremists and radicals in her party. But if the NDP leader is not prepared to stand up against extremism now, why would anyone think she will do so as Premier?” “Only our Ontario PC team is qualified and credible, and we have a plan for the people,” Ford said. “We’re going cut gas prices by 10 cents a litre, reduce middle class income taxes by 20 per cent, cut your hydro bills by 12 per cent and give minimum wage earners and working parents a break. Our team will cut red tape and create good jobs, restore accountability to government, and make an unprecedented investment in health care, long-term care and mental health.” “Our team is ready to create new and better jobs, put more money in your pocket, improve health care and education, and ensure safer streets,” said Ford. “On June 7, we are asking for your vote. Change is coming and help is on the way.”

ONLY AN ONTARIO PC GOVERNMENT WILL GET ONTARIO MOVING

June 4, 2018June 4, 2018
Only the Ontario PC Party has a plan that will deliver results to both drivers and transit users, PC Party Leader Doug Ford announced today. “The GTA has become paralyzed in traffic,” said Ford. “Every single day, our highways are clogged and on our subways, people are packed in like sardines. For too many years, people have been left stranded and suffering while politicians dither. Our team can do better — and we will do better — for the people.” Ford highlighted how under a PC Government drivers will get a break starting with a 10 cents per litre reduction in gas prices. A PC Government will also deliver: two-way, all-day GO service, including expansions to Bowmanville and Kitchener, completion of the Niagara GO Expansion, and support regional transit projects in places such as Ottawa, Hamilton, Mississauga/Brampton, Kitchener-Waterloo and London. Additionally, a PC Government will upload responsibility for subway infrastructure from the city to the province, thereby making it affordable to build the Sheppard Loop with Scarborough, the Relief Line, and the Yonge Extension. Ford also contrasted the Ontario PC transit plan with the error-ridden NDP platform that has an outrageous $7 billion hole and will put Ontario jobs and services at risk. “The NDP actually want to increase gas prices by 35 cents per litre,” Ford said. “The last time the NDP were in power, unemployment shot up 28 per cent, 125,000 people lost their jobs and more than a million people ended up on welfare. Maybe that is the NDP’s master plan to reduce gridlock - if everybody is unemployed, then there will be nobody left to crowd our roads and subways during your commute.” “Unlike the NDP, we have a plan that is modest and responsible,” concluded Ford. “And unlike the NDP, we have a team that is ready to govern starting on Day One. On June 7 you have an opportunity to vote for real change. Help is on the way.”

MEET YOUR NDP CABINET

June 4, 2018
This entire campaign, the NDP have been under fire for a series of radical candidates. When Andrea Horwath was pressed about which of her radical candidates would round out her cabinet, she said “They’ll all be considered.” The only clarification Andrea Horwath has ever made is that Joel Harden, her radical candidate in Ottawa Centre who opposes our separate school system, will not be her Minister of Education. If everyone is truly under consideration, there is a chance Horwath’s cabinet could look something like this: Andrea Horwath, Premier - Horwath has suggested she’d consider a coalition with Kathleen Wynne. Kathleen Wynne, Deputy Premier - Wynne suggested she’d consider supporting an NDP minority government. Joel Harden, Minister of Environment - During his nomination campaign, Joel Harden said he was “committed to working to” a $150/tonne carbon tax - which would be the highest carbon tax in the entire world. This would mean an increase of 35 cents/litre increase on gas prices at the pumps. Laura Kaminker, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration - Kaminker refuses to wear a poppy, calling them “landfill” and “war glorification,” and has attacked professional sports teams who honour our war heroes at games. While she does not want to honour the troops who have fought for the freedom we all hold dear, she does want to wage a war on Christmas. Jessica Bell, Minister of Finance - Bell is a life-long professional protester who has admitted to being arrested twice for civil disobedience. She co-wrote a handbook on organizing radical protests which endorsed strategies like “occupation,” “seizure of assets,” and “property destruction.” Chandra Pasma, Minister of Labour - Pasma wrote a blog post where she said jobs are not the answer, saying “We need to reconceptualize work and find ways of detaching income security from paid employment,” and “How do we escape the clutches of labourism, with its limited ideas of work and its dehumanizing emphasis on paid labour.” Ramsey Hart, Minister of Northern Development and Mines - A career anti-mining activist, Hart has bragged about the fact mining companies don’t like him, and has questioned development of the Ring of Fire. Hart supports hiking the mining tax, which is a round-about way of shutting down mining in Ontario forever. Jan Johnstone, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport - Another anti-poppy activist, Johnstone said “throw the red poppy into bleach and let it sit as the colour bleeds out.” Gurratan Singh, Attorney General - Singh attended an anti-police demonstration, and held a sign that said “F*** the Police.” Tasleem Riaz, Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism - Riaz shared an “inspirational quote” from Adolf Hitler on her Facebook page, and called our brave men and women in uniform war criminals. Dwayne Morgan, Minister of International Trade - Morgan is a 9/11 conspiracy theorist who has suggested President Bush and our largest trading partner were involved in the terrorist attack that killed 3,000 people. Jill Andrew, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services - Andrew used a racial slur when referring to the Chief of Toronto Police.

REMOVING TOLLS FROM THE 412 & 418 A PRIORITY FOR PC MPPS IN DURHAM REGION

June 3, 2018June 3, 2018
Whitby - Today, Lorne Coe, candidate for Whitby announced that if the PC Party forms government the first priority of Durham Region PC MPPs will be to advocate strongly for the removal of the tolls from the 412 and 418 Highways, running North-South between the 401 and the 407. “All Durham candidates believe removing the tolls from the 412 Highway and not tolling the 418 is the right thing to do as it will help keep life more affordable for families and drivers in Durham,” said Coe. “Removing the tolls will also help to reduce traffic congestion on our local roads and allow people to spend more time with their family and friends.” The Ontario PCs have a plan to take 10 cents off a litre of gas tax; which will save the average driver $222 per year. Our plan is modest, achievable and will help make life more affordable for the people of our province. “The Ontario PC party is committed to making life more affordable for Durham residents by reducing the price of gas, lowering hydro rates and cutting taxes for the middle class,” said Coe. “The NDP, on the other hand, is promising to impose an irresponsible carbon tax which will increase the price of gas by 35 cents a litre and hike the price of countless other items. Under the NDP tolls will be the last thing people will have to worry about, they won’t be able to afford to drive and their cost of living will go through the roof.”

ONLY THE ONTARIO PCS WILL DELIVER CHANGE FOR THE PEOPLE

June 3, 2018
PC plan will reduce taxes, lower hydro rates and create jobs – NDP plan will increases taxes, drive up hydro rates and destroy jobs. With Ontario only days away from a historic election, Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today shared details on the choice that faces voters when they go to the polls on June 7. “The people want change. But the only remaining question is what that change will look like,” said Ford. “You know the kind of change I stand for: I’m here for the people, I’m looking out for the little guy and the families that are paying more and getting less.” “The NDP want change that will increase your taxes, increase your hydro bills and send Ontario deeper into debt,” Ford continued, “and the NDP want to replace the Liberal insiders getting rich off your taxes, with a group of radical special interests with offensive and extreme views.” Ford highlighted how an Ontario PC Government will deliver real results for the people by: Lowering Taxes: With a 10 cents per litre reduction in gas taxes, a 20 per cent middle class income tax cut, and targeted tax relief for minimum wage earners and parents. Cleaning up the Hydro Mess: By firing the $6 million dollar Hydro One CEO and the entire Board, and reducing hydro bills by 12 per cent. Creating Good Jobs: By reducing taxes, lowering hydro bills and cutting red tape. Ford contrasted the Ontario PC approach with the NDP, who want to increase gas taxes by 35 cents per litre, drive up hydro bills by 25 per cent, and doubling down on the more tax, more-spending, more-debt approach of Ontario’s previous NDP government — which ended up destroying 125,000 jobs and driving 1.2 million people on to welfare. "My friends we can’t go back to the past,” Ford concluded. “You can choose the NDP plan for higher taxes, higher hydro bills, and destroyed jobs – or you can vote for our Ontario PC team, put more money back into your pocket and unleash an era of prosperity the likes of which Ontario has never seen.”

THE NDP’S DISASTROUS RECORD

June 3, 2018
The last NDP government in Ontario was bad enough, today's radical NDP would be far worse. The NDP record in Ontario (1990-1995) 125,000 full-time jobs lost (Source: Statscan) 28% increase in unemployment rate (Source: Statscan) Highest personal taxes in North America (Source: Globe and Mail, September 13, 2006) 1.2 million Ontarians on welfare (Source: Montreal Gazette, November 1, 2006) More than doubled the debt (Source: Edmonton Sun, October 29, 2006) Andrea Horwath with Bob Rae during the 1995 election (Toronto Sun, June 1, 1995):

ONTARIO PC TEAM IS READY TO GOVERN

June 2, 2018June 2, 2018
While Liberals favour insiders, and NDP answer to special interests – only the Ontario PC Team will fight for the people Doug Ford today joined a team of candidates from across Eastern Ontario to share how an Ontario PC Government will hit the ground running if entrusted with government on June 7. “Our all-star team around me here is ready to step up and govern right away,” said Ford. “And we are the only team that has a modest and responsible plan that will deliver real results for the people.” Ford contrasted the strength of the Ontario PC team to the disastrous record of the Kathleen Wynne Liberals and the risky radical agenda of the NDP. “Under the Liberals, your hydro rates have more than doubled, 300,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost and Ontario’s debt has doubled, all while a parade of Liberal friends and insiders got rich,” said Ford. “As for the NDP, their candidates have a long history of slandering our veterans and our police, accusing our soldiers of war crimes, and plotting to impose a 35 cent per litre carbon tax. The NDP are where radical politics meet bad policies. And that would be toxic for jobs.” Ford also used the roundtable to outline the priorities that a PC government would focus on if elected on June 7. “Our team is ready to govern and ready to deliver real results for the people,” said Ford. “On June 7, you don’t have to choose between Liberal insiders and NDP special interests. Instead you can vote for the right team, with the right plan to deliver for the people right away.”

NDP HIKING TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESSES BY BILLIONS

June 2, 2018
The Ontario NDP like to pretend they’re paying for their unaffordable spending spree platform by asking the wealthiest corporations to pay a bit more, but, in reality, the NDP are hiking taxes on the small businesses and mom and pop shops that form the backbone of our communities. This morning, Vic Fedeli revealed that the NDP tried to bury a 12.7 per cent tax hike on small businesses. This is in addition to the NDP hiking the Business Education Tax by $2.4 billion over five years, and the elimination of the Small Business Employer Health Tax Exemption costing businesses over $1 billion over the NDP’s five year plan. “Small businesses are the backbone of our community. They are being pushed to a breaking point by an out of touch Wynne Liberal government, and it’s clear they can’t afford an NDP government that will be ten times worse,” said Fedeli. “Under an NDP government, businesses will have no choice but to bolt lock their doors, shutter their windows, and ship their jobs south of the border.” The last time the NDP were in power, their uncompetitive policies killed 125,000 jobs, and hiked the unemployment rate by 28 per cent. On the other hand, the Ontario PCs will bring relief to small businesses, and bring good-paying jobs back to the province. The Ontario PCs will reduce the small business tax rate by 8.7 per cent, scrap the carbon tax, and lower hydro bills by 12 per cent. “Our plan is responsible and affordable. Our message to small businesses is change is coming and help is on the way.” Backgrounder - NDP Raising Taxes on Small Businesses June 2, 2018 The NDP is proposing in their platform to raise the corporate tax rate from 11.5% to 13%. They will do so by raising the rate by 1 point (an 8.7% increase) in 2019-20 and by another half point (a 4% increase) in 2021-22. This totals a 12.7% increase. Andrea Horwath has repeatedly said we should “ask those at the very top to pay a bit more. It’s absolutely the right thing to do.”1 What the NDP has not told Ontarians is they also plan to raise small business taxes by 12.7%. In Ontario, the small business tax rate applies to the first $500,000 a company earns. When the government reduced the small business tax rate by 22.2% they booked a fiscal cost of $150 million in 2019-20.2 That means the remaining small business tax revenue is worth roughly $526 million per year. In the 2018 budget – and every budget before that - the revenue from corporate income taxes includes the revenue from the small business tax rate. 3 That is shown as one number below: Therefore, in 2019-20, this number of $15.6 billion, includes roughly $526 million of small business tax revenue. The NDP, when calculating how much they would raise from increasing the corporate tax rate by 8.7% in that fiscal year did not remove the small business tax rate. This is clear as 8.7% of $15.6 billion is $1.357 billion – the exact number in the NDP’s fiscal plan.4 If they would have exempted small businesses from this tax increase, their number would be approximately $45 million less. In every year moving forward, the NDP repeats this error and does not exempt small businesses from this tax increase. At a minimum this tax increase is worth $45 million per year in 2019-20 and 2020-21 and worth roughly $67 million in 2021-22 and 2022-23. Therefore, over the course of the NDP’s five-year plan, they have raised small business taxes by $224 million despite telling the public repeatedly that they are only taxing big business. The NDP is not for the little guy, they are intentionally deceiving Ontario voters and business owners, making it tougher for mom and pop families to make ends meet. This is on top of their immediate 25% increase in hydro rates, their support for a carbon tax that adds 35 cents a litre to gasoline prices, their increase in the business education tax costing businesses $2.4 billion over five years, and their limiting of the employer health tax exemption only to small businesses – costing businesses over $1 billion over their 5 year plan. In total, the NDP is increasing taxes on businesses by more than $10 billion over the course of their five year fiscal plan. What We Will Do: Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs understand that small businesses are job creators and the backbone of the economy. The province shouldn’t increase taxes on small businesses and continually add to their burden. Rather, the government should do more to help small businesses thrive and prosper. Accordingly, the Ontario PCs will help small businesses by reducing the small business tax rate by 8.7%. This is the same percentage by which the Ontario PCs will reduce the corporate tax rate. This means, under an Ontario PC Government, the small business tax rate will be reduced to 3.2% from the current 3.5%. This tax cut will apply to the first $500,000 of profits and will cost the government just over $60 million annually once implemented. We will include this measure in our first budget. Over the time that the NDP will increase small business taxes by a hidden $224 million, we will cut small business taxes by $240 million. This is a difference of $464 million. To ensure our businesses prosper, a Doug Ford Ontario PC Government will also cut corporate income taxes from 11.5% to 10.5% to stay competitive with our neighbours and enable businesses to create good paying jobs. Businesses in Ontario need relief. Help is on the way.

MEL LASTMAN ENDORSES DOUG FORD FOR PREMIER

June 1, 2018June 1, 2018
Today, former Mayor of Toronto Mel Lastman endorsed Doug Ford and the strong Ontario PC team for Premier of Ontario and our next government. “The NDP and Liberals are trying to buy our votes with a long list of promise - promises they can’t keep - and they come with hefty price tags,” said Lastman, pointing to Ontario’s out of control debt levels. He added, “Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horwath don’t seem to give a damn.” “I like Doug. he’s a straight shooter. He tells it like it is, and he doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. He has a top notch team of candidates. We can’t let this election run away.” “When I was Mayor of Toronto, I ran this city in the best interests of all the people. I was a businessman involved in politics. Doug is a businessman now involved in politics. He wants to work for you. He wants to help you,” added Lastman. “I trust him to make life more affordable and make this province the economic engine of Canada once again by cutting taxes, hydro rates, gas prices, and finding efficiencies.” “On June the 7th, I ask that you join me in supporting Doug Ford and the Ontario PC Party." “Who’s better than Doug Ford for Ontario? Nobody!” VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLmuwSqqfVs

ONTARIO PC PARTY HAS A REAL PLAN TO HELP WORKING PEOPLE

June 1, 2018
Endorsement from United Steelworkers Local 2251 examples of Ontario PC big tent appeal Doug Ford today visited the site of the former St. Mary’s Papers mill factory to talk about how the Ontario PC Plan For the People will help working people find and keep good jobs and make ends meet. As part of his plan, Ford committed that an Ontario PC Government will use the Northern Ontario Heritage fund to keep the Huron Central Railway open. “It does not matter who you voted for in the past: Liberal, NDP or PC,” said Ford. “Everyone is welcome in our big-tent Ontario PC Party and we will have a real plan for you. Our plan will lower hydro rates, cut red tape, reduce the tax burden on Ontario families, end unfair labour practices and cut gas prices by ten cents a litre.” Ford contrasted the Ontario PCs growing, big-tent party, to an increasingly radical NDP, with a documented record of trying to destroy jobs in Northern Ontario in order to appease radical special interests. This includes NDP candidate Ramsey Hart — a career anti-mining activist who is dedicated to eliminating resource jobs across the North. “We’ve seen what happens when the NDP are handed the keys to power,” said Ford. “The last time the NDP were in charge, we got Rae Days, unemployment increased 28 per cent, 125,000 workers lost their job and 1.2 million people ended up on welfare. The NDP are where bad policies and radical politics comes together. They are poison for jobs.” Ford highlighted the recent endorsement Sault Ste. Marie PC Candidate Ross Romano received from United Steelworkers Local 2251 — the first time the Steelworkers have endorsed a non-NDP candidate since the 1960s. “Our plan for the people is a plan for workers, including union workers,” said Ford. “To our friends in the steel industry, you can count on us to always fight for you. Change is coming and help is on the way.”

STATEMENT FROM ONTARIO PC LEADER DOUG FORD ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS

May 31, 2018May 31, 2018
"The new harmful steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the US on Canada will make things even harder for Ontario's already-struggling steel industry and our workers. "We must work domestically to make Ontario and Canada more competitive. After June 7th, as Premier, I will work with the federal government to resolve these trade issues to make Ontario open for business again. "Our government will lower hydro rates, cut red tape, reduce taxes, and make Ontario the economic engine of Canada once again. Only a PC Government will create the business-friendly environment that is needed to bring jobs back to Ontario."

HORWATH’S WEAK RESPONSE ON NDP CANDIDATE’S ARREST FOR RADICAL PROTEST NEEDS CLARIFICATION AND ACTION FROM THE NDP LEADER

May 31, 2018
This morning, Andrea Horwath faced difficult questions surrounding her radical NDP candidates that she hopes will form the next government. VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EuIoqiLkrY&t=6s One of her candidates, Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale) admitted she had been arrested twice for her role in protests. When pressed about whether this was acceptable, Horwath’s defence was to say it was a matter of “freedom of speech,” and that her candidate supports the NDP platform. She also said that, “People sometimes do, quote-unquote, radical things to get the attention of decision-makers.” The people of Ontario deserve better answers than the weak response that came from the NDP leader. The NDP need to come clean today about Jessica Bell’s arrests, and her history as a radical professional protester, and the NDP need to explain to the people of Ontario whether or not this is acceptable behavior. This morning, the Toronto Sun also revealed that another NDP candidate made offensive anti-poppy comments, saying the poppy should be thrown into “bleach.” Jan Johnstone, the radical NDP candidate from Huron-Bruce, was quoted as saying, “...throw the red poppy into bleach and let it sit as the colour bleeds out.” It’s clear, the NDP is full of radical candidates who are unfit to govern, and would be a disaster for the Ontario economy. The Ontario PCs have a team that is ready to govern and deliver real relief for Ontario families and bring prosperity to Ontario.

ONTARIO PC PARTY WILL ALWAYS RESPECT VETERANS, SOLDIERS AND POLICE

May 31, 2018
While NDP refuse to apologize for history of profane and racial taunts at police officers, the Ontario PC Party continues to hold itself to a higher standard Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today reinforced the Ontario PC Party’s commitment to respecting Ontario veterans, soldiers and police officers, including through meaningful action as detailed in his Plan for the People. “Our party will always, without exception, respect our soldiers, respect our veterans and respect our police officers,” said Ford. “Our veterans are heroes who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy today. The women and men of the Canadian Forces are heroes. They sacrifice so much to protect our country. And, here at home, our police officers risk so much each and every day to protect our neighbourhoods and keep us safe.” Ford shared how an Ontario PC Government will introduce legislation that guarantees no Ontario Legion Branch will ever have to pay property tax. In addition, an Ontario PC Government will commit additional resources to fighting gangs and guns, organized crime, drug smuggling, child exploitation and human trafficking. Ford also committed to hiring more corrections, probation and parole officers and fixing the flawed Bill 175 that unfairly targets police. Ford contrasted his support for veterans, soldiers and police officers to the documented record of multiple extreme NDP candidates slandering and disrespecting their service. Previously, NDP candidates have attacked veterans for ‘brainwashing’ families, while accusing Canadian soldiers of committing war crimes. This week, additional details emerged of two other star NDP candidates with a documented history of attacking police officers with profanity and racial slurs. NDP candidates, to date, have failed to apologize for their actions — and Andrea Horwath continues to indulge their behaviour. “For the NDP to behave this way is flat-out is wrong,” said Ford. “This kind of slanderous language, this endorsement of violence against police and this utter lack of patriotism would not be acceptable in most Ontario households. But it is right at home in the NDP. In the PC party — that is a line that we will never cross. My commitment to our veterans, soldiers and police officers is that we will always respect you.” Backgrounder – Justice The passage of Bill 175 (the Safer Ontario Act / Police Services Act) by the Liberals, and Kathleen Wynne’s handling of the province’s criminal justice system has been met with opposition from various policing associations and has also significantly hurt policing efforts in the province.[1] While Bill 175 has many flaws, one of the more controversial sections is the Liberals’ drive to privatize police services – the new legislation provides police boards with the ability to outsource some vital policing services to private companies.[2] In contrast to the perspective of the Wynne Liberals, a recent poll of 2,000 Ontarians indicated only 6 per cent of people would privatize police services, while 92 per cent indicated they felt safe or very safe in their community and wanted to maintain or increase police presence.[3] As usual, the Wynne Liberals have failed to listen to the people of Ontario. The province has also failed to address the increasing problem of gang and gun violence in this province, specifically in Toronto and Ottawa. In Toronto alone, there were 40 gun-related homicides in 2016 – the most in nearly a decade – with over 400 separate shooting incidents. Ottawa witnessed 65 shootings in 2016 – the second highest murder total in the last 30 years.[4] Sadly, one year prior to this increase in violence, the Liberals cut funding for the anti-guns-and-gangs task forces in Ottawa and Toronto. The NDP are no better, as Andrea Horwath continues to stand by one of her ‘star’ candidates who proudly displayed a distasteful anti-police sign during a protest.[5] Andrea Horwath has also refused to stand with the brave veterans who served and sacrificed for our country. NDP candidate Laura Kaminker previously wrote that commemorating the service of our veterans was a product of “collective brainwashing”, and labelled the symbol of the poppy as “fake” and “another ritual of war glorification” and made through “prison labour’”[6] – comments that Horwath has not condemned.[7] Currently, in Ontario, some Royal Canadian Legions (RCL), which provide great advocacy and services for our veterans, pay property taxes and those that do not, may receive a rebate which they must reapply for every few years. The province has become responsible for placing Ontario’s parole and probation officers in harm’s way. Parole and probation officers have voiced concerns regarding excessive caseloads, which lead to unsafe conditions and criminals breaking the terms of their probation. Ontario has roughly 900 full-time parole and probation officers in the province, yet the province has 43,000 cases at any given time. Ontario’s probation and parole officers have the highest caseloads in the country, while the provincial government is in second-last place when it comes to funding-per-offender serving a community sentence.[8] Human trafficking is also a serious problem throughout our province. In 2017, police noted that at least 25 per cent of sex trade workers are victims of trafficking, and it’s become a major problem along the 401 corridor between Windsor and Toronto.[9] In fact, a large portion of the human trafficking that occurs in Canada, happens right here in Ontario.[10] We can do better. How We Will Fix It: A Doug Ford Ontario PC Government will take steps to better protect our communities and stop crime. This includes restoring the funding that the Liberals cut in half to the anti-guns-and-gangs units in Ottawa and Toronto in order to better protect our communities and stop crime. Restoring funding to the anti-guns-and-gangs units in Ottawa and Toronto will cost the government $3 million annually. The Ontario PCs will also fix Bill 175 (Police Services Act) and treat our police with respect. Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs recognize that probation and parole officers are overburdened with caseloads. That is why the Ontario PCs will commit to hire more probation and parole officers to hold criminals accountable and protect victims. We will work to reduce the caseload per probation officer. This policy will cost $30 million annually, and will be implemented in year two of the mandate. A Doug Ford Ontario PC Government will also dedicate resources to fight organized crime, including the production and smuggling of contraband and illicit drugs, as well as child exploitation and human trafficking. This policy will cost $35 million over the mandate. This funding will also be used to commit resources to combat domestic abuse, including elder abuse. Recognizing the good service legions provide our veterans, Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs will amend the Assessment Act to ensure that Ontario Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion pay no property tax. We will ensure this is permanent exemption for legions that does not need to be renewed.

NDP WILL INCREASE GAS & HYDRO BILLS, ONTARIO PCS WILL REDUCE THEM

May 30, 2018May 30, 2018
Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford visited with local families to discuss how an Ontario PC Government will reduce gas and hydro bills and help families make ends meet. “Unlike the NDP who, quite literally, refuse to tell you how they will pay for their hydro promises, we’ve been up front,” Ford said. “We’re going to return the Hydro One dividend to Ontario families, take the cost of buried conservation programs off of your bill and cancel those outrageous green energy contracts that have stuck thousands of windmills in people’s backyards.” Ford shared details about how, under the Ontario PC plan, an average family will save $173 on their annual hydro bill and $222 on the price of gas. “Andrea Horwath has a star candidate who is working on a plan to drive up the price of gas by 35 cents per litre,” explained Ford. “We’re going to get rid of the cap-and-trade slush fund and cut the provincial excise tax on gas so that every driver in Ontario saves ten cents per litre on gas.” “While the NDP plan is filled with mistakes and sloppy cover-ups, our plan is responsible, modest and practical,” said Ford. “I invite all Ontarians to see our plan for themselves at our website ontariopc.ca. Help is on the way.”

MEET THE REAL NDP: GURRATAN SINGH

May 30, 2018
Andrea Horwath has once again been caught indulging offensive and radical elements in her party, Ontario PC candidates Gary Ellis, Roshan Nallaratnam and Steve Clark revealed today. The latest radical and extreme candidate to be publicly exposed is NDP candidate Gurratan Singh who has been caught stalking and harassing police officers while holding signs that read ‘F_ _ _ the Police.’ “I am a former police officer and Steve has family who are in law enforcement. Every single day, our men and women in uniform put themselves at great risk in order to keep our families safe,” said Ellis. “They, and their families, deserve better than profanity and threats. And make no mistake, Mr. Singh’s behaviour was very much an endorsement of violence against police.” Singh’s revelation is just the latest in a series of scandals enveloping NDP candidates who espouse offensive, radical and non-mainstream views. Other NDP candidates have been caught sharing Hitler memes online, espousing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, calling Canadian veterans war criminals, calling for violence protests and property destruction, advocating for a 35 cent per litre carbon tax, and the eradication of Ontario’s mining industry. “Each time an NDP candidate engages in offensive behaviour, Andrea Horwath does nothing,” said Clark. “It is fair to ask whether there is a point at which Ms. Horwath is prepared to stand up to the radical interests in the NDP and stand up for the people who are hurt by her offensive candidates? Time and time again — it is clear the answer is ‘no’.” Meet the Real NDP Brampton South NDP candidate Gurratan Singh: Held an anti-police sign at a 2006 demonstration.1 Toronto-St. Paul’s NDP candidate Jill Andrew: Used a racial slur in reference to the Toronto Police Chief.2 Ottawa Centre NDP candidate Joel Harden: Has advocated for a $150/tonne carbon tax, which would be the highest carbon tax in the world. Harden’s carbon tax would increase gas prices by 34.8 cents per litre.3 Harden’s carbon tax would increase the cost of heating a home with natural gas by $216 per month, or $2,592 per year. In an interview with the Socialist Worker, he said that the readers should see him as “an ally, who won’t change.”4 Mississauga Centre NDP candidate Laura Kaminker: Refuses to wear a poppy, writing in a 2014 blog post, "I just wear my peace button on my jacket as always, and wait for the collective brainwashing to blow over. When our masters give the signal, everyone can take off the fake poppy - made with prison labour - and create a bit more landfill. And another annual ritual of war glorification comes to a close."5 Has attacked sports teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Blue Jays who honour our troops at games.6 A 9/11 conspiracy theorist who strongly believes we should stop memorializing the 3,000 lives lost, including 26 Canadians. In 2010, she wrote "Enough about September 11...for the US. For the world. Enough already,” and in 2011 she wrote "It makes me want to shout: Go away! Go the fuck away! All of you fixating on this one event, the whole world expected to stand in hushed silence because a bad thing happened to Americans."7 While she does not want to honour the troops who have fought for the freedom and rights we all hold dear, she does want to wage a war on Christmas, writing ““If there were a war on Christmas, I’d think about signing up.”8 Is a self-described Marxist, who after a conference wrote that it was a “weekend of inspiration, education, and revolution.”9 Scarborough-Agincourt NDP candidate Tasleem Riaz: She shared a pro-Nazi meme on Facebook which featured Adolf Hitler giving a Nazi salute with the quote, “If you don’t like a Rule...Just Follow it...Reach on the top...and Change the Rule” attributed to the German dictator. 10 She also called our brave men and women in uniform war criminals who are a “slaughtering machine.”11 Scarborough North NDP candidate Dwayne Morgan: A 9/11 conspiracy theorist who tweeted, “Now if they could do something about Bush’s role in 9/11, people could finally get closure” 12 University-Rosedale candidate Jessica Bell: A professional protester, who co-wrote a handbook on organizing radical protests, and endorses strategies like “occupation,” and “property destruction”13and a manual accusing the police of targeted assassinations.14 As an activist with the Rainforest Action Network, she was part of a group of paid protesters who climbed a crane in Seattle and were arrested for criminal sabotage.15 Beaches-East York NDP Candidate Rima Berns McGown: Rima is known for posting anti-semitic and inflammatory language on her blog, which she has since tried to cover up: "Palestinians have borne the brunt of Jews’ traumatized reaction to the Holocaust — such that a fringe idea at the end of the 19th century has become Jewish identity orthodoxy.”16 “Netanyahu and his ilk play the Holocaust card every time they counter international criticism. It’s completely instrumental: how can you say no to a man whose relatives were shoved into an oven while your relatives said nothing? But you must. You must say no.”17 Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston candidate Ramsey Hart: A career anti-mining activist who has opposed development of the Ring of Fire.18 Bragged about the fact that mining companies dislike him.19 Wants to raise mining taxes as a roundabout way of shutting down mining exploration across the province.20 Has attacked “the [mining] industry’s dirt and dangerous legacy.21 Ottawa West-Nepean candidate Chandra Pasma: She wrote a blog post where she said jobs are not the answer, saying “We need to reconceptualize work and find ways of detaching income security from paid employment,” and “How do we escape the clutches of labourism, with its limited ideas of work and its dehumanizing emphasis on paid labour.”22 Kitchener South-Hespeler candidate Fitzroy Vanderpool: Helped to sponsor a Female Oil Wrestling competition featuring bikini-clad women. When he was pressed about his involvement in the event, Vanderpool denied he attended the event, and speculated that it was another person named “Fitz the Whip.”23 Mississauga-Malton candidate Nikki Clarke: Ran a company called Beads 4 Health that made jewelry with magnets that she said could relieve arthritis pain and improve circulation.24 Scientific evidence disputes this claim.25

DOUG FORD COMMITS TO WELLAND HOSPITAL

May 29, 2018May 29, 2018
Today Doug Ford announced that an Ontario PC government would commit to keeping the Welland hospital open. Specifically, Doug Ford announced a planning grant to identify the important local services residents need at the Welland Hospital. “It’s time for hallway health care in Ontario to come to an end and closing the Welland hospital would only make things worse. Keeping access to local high quality healthcare in Welland is key for seniors and the 100,000 people who rely on the hospital,” said Ford. “Our PC candidate April Jeffs and our team realize that getting local high quality health care will keep the people of Welland safe and healthy with the highest level of service they deserve." The planning grant would cost approximately $500,000 and lead to a thorough study identifying the level of services and upgrades needed to keep the hospital open and offering the important front-line services the people of Welland need. “Ontario deserves the best health care system in the world. We already have the best doctors, the best nurses, and the best front-line workers. Taking them away from a local community is not the answer, that’s why we are committed to the Welland hospital,” continued Ford. “The NDP have not committed to the full level of services. They must think that seniors and those in need of help should wait for an ambulance and the hour long drive to the hospital to get the care they need. Only the PC Party will be able to offer the care people deserve,” concluded Ford. Additionally, the Ontario PC Party is committed to the new Niagara South hospital.

THE ONTARIO PC PLAN FOR PEOPLE IN NEED

May 29, 2018
While NDP’s radical approach will ruin Ontario’s economy and destroy jobs, the Ontario PC plan will put money back in the pockets of those who need help most PORT COLBORNE — Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today shared additional details about how his Plan for the People will help vulnerable and low-income Ontarians lower their tax bills and keep more money in their pockets. “We have a plan that will create jobs, grow our economy and help us hire more doctors, nurses and teachers while putting more money back into your pocket,” said Ford. “This plan will include real relief for the vulnerable people who need help the most.” Ford detailed examples about the money that low income and vulnerable Ontarians could expect to save under the Ontario PC plan. A single-parent with one child could expect to save as much as $7,300 thanks to the Ontario PC childcare tax credit, 10 cents/litre cut in gas prices and 12 per cent hydro rate cut. A low-income worker making minimum wage could save as much as $1400 a year thanks to the Ontario PC minimum wage tax credit as well as reduced hydro and gas bills. A low-income senior could also see as much as $1400 in savings thanks to the Ontario PC Plan to provide free dental care as well as hydro and gas savings. “This is real money being returned to the people who need it most,” said Ford. “It’s not being spent by special interests or big government. Instead, it is being spent by real people who deserve a break.” Ford contrasted his plan to the Ontario NDP, whose plan includes a $7 billion hole and billions of unaffordable new spending that will ruin Ontario’s economy, destroy jobs and put health care, education and other public services at risk. “This is not just about the NDP risk, this is also about the NDP record,” said Ford. “The last time the NDP got their hands on your wallet — 1.2 million Ontarians ended up on welfare, over 125,000 people lost their jobs, the unemployment rate increased by 28 per cent, and the NDP government ended up cutting 10,000 hospital beds.” “The choice Ontarians face could not be more clear,” Ford concluded. “We will grow the economy, so we can afford better services. But the NDP will put the economy at risk, and jeopardize the services we have today.” -30- Backgrounder – More Money in Your Pocket / Helping People in Need Cap and Trade Carbon Tax: The Ontario NDP wants to take more money out of your pocket and implement a high cost, high tax agenda throughout the province. Andrea Horwath has no desire to end the cap and trade scam, which is adding extra costs to families on everything from daily commutes to buying groceries. In fact, the NDP want to increase the cap and trade carbon tax burden on families, as NDP candidates have called for the carbon price to be $150/tonne, up from its current $18/tonne. The NDP will double down on the Liberals’ cap and trade carbon tax, which currently adds an additional 4.3 cents per litre to Ontario’s gas prices. As the cost per tonne rises to $95/tonne in 2030 (a 428% increase), it will add another 22.7 cents per litre to the province’s gas prices. Under the NDP’s policies, we could live in a province where gas prices hit $2.00 per litre, which hurts families in Ontario and adds unnecessary costs to parents who drive throughout the province to do essential tasks, such as picking up their children from daycare. Hydro Prices: The NDP understand that high hydro prices are impacting business and families in Ontario, but they have no real plan to address soaring hydro rates. The NDP’s platform reveals they have no clue how to reduce hydro prices. For instance, in their platform the price tag attached to their hydro plan says, “not applicable.” Instead of using the dividend from Hydro One to help reduce hydro rates, Horwath wants to use that money to pursue her ideological project to buy back Hydro One, despite questions about the wisdom of this decision and the fact that buying back the electrical utility would cost the province billions of dollars and take decades.[1] The NDP hydro plan involves asking the federal government to remove the five per cent HST on hydro – something the province has no control over. In addition, they plan on cancelling the Fair Hydro Plan, which means hydro prices will increase by 25 per cent. When combined, this means that hydro rates will not go down under the NDP. In addition, Horwath’s proposed closure of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station will raise bills by $600 million this August,[2] and destroy upwards of 7,500 jobs throughout Ontario and in municipalities the NDP claim to represent.[3] Realizing the impracticality of the NDP hydro plan, critics have labelled it “disingenuous”, having “an air of unreality”, and characterized it as a plan that “doesn’t add up.” [4] NDP’s New Taxes and Additional Spending: The Liberals raised taxes on 1.8 million Ontarians in their 2018 budget and raised taxes on countless businesses and small businesses. The NDP is planning to move forward with every single one of those Liberal tax increases plus increase taxes on individuals and businesses by more than $20 billion over their platform. The NDP will also pursue job killing policies to service their special interests, such as increasing the tax rate on job creators from 11.5 per cent to 13 per cent. This is a typical tax-and-spend NDP Party. They will take money out of the taxpayer’s pocket, while continuing to add to the deficit with over $30 billion of new spending over the course of the 5 year fiscal plan in their platform. What We Will Do: A Doug Ford Ontario PC Government understands that the people of Ontario are in need, and will implement policies to make life more affordable for Ontarians, and put more money back into the taxpayer’s pockets. Under our Plan a single parent working hard to raise their kids will save over $7,300 a year: They will receive 75 per cent of their childcare costs through a refundable tax credit – worth up to $6,750 in annual savings. This childcare plan will cost the government $389 million annually. We will scrap cap and trade, saving the $285 per household every year on their home heating and other costs, according to the Auditor General. We will reduce gas prices by 10 cents a litre, saving the average driver between $200-$300 a year on gasoline. This policy will cost the government approximately $1.19 billion annually once fully implemented. And we will lower hydro bills by an additional 12 per cent, for $173 in annual savings per household. This policy will cost the government $800 million annually once fully implemented. A full time minimum wage worker will save on their hydro bills, gasoline at the pump, and natural gas to heat their home or apartment. In addition, they will pay no income taxes. This will save them up to $850 while protecting their job security. The combined savings of these policies are over $1,400 a year for a minimum wage earner. The minimum wage tax credit will cost the provincial government approximately $500 million annually and be fully implemented by January 1st, 2019. A low-income senior, for the first time, will not have to worry about how to pay for their dental care, saving them as much as $980 a year. Plus, seniors will save on their hydro, as well as scraping the costs associated with the cap and trade scam. For a senior on a fixed income these savings go a long way and will total more than $1,400 a year. Dental care for low-income seniors will cost the government $98 million annually once fully implemented. Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs are the only party offering real relief for the people.

MEET THE REAL NDP PLAN TO INCREASE YOUR HYDRO BILLS

May 29, 2018
The NDP’s hydro plan will increase Ontario hydro rates, is based on numbers that don’t add up and will payoff Hydro One insiders at the expense of Ontario families, Ontario PC candidates Lisa MacLeod and Todd Smith shared today. “Throughout the course of this campaign we have pulled back the curtain on the real NDP radical agenda to increase taxes and chase jobs out of Ontario,” said MacLeod. “Today we want to shine light on the consequences of the NDP’s real hydro policies. And how they will hurt you.” In particular MacLeod and Smith focused on three key holes in the Ontario NDP plan: The NDP will immediately increase hydro rates by 25%, with an additional $600 million in higher hydro rates to follow once they shut down the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. The NDP’s hydro numbers do not add up with a ’N/A’ price tag and a commitment to spend money that has already been allocated. Instead of using the Hydro One dividend to provide hydro rate relief to the people, the way the Ontario PC plan does, the NDP will instead use the dividend to pay off Hydro One shareholders as part of a 30-year quest to buy back Hydro One. “The NDP plan is to spend money they do not have on a hydro savings plan that does not exist,” said Smith. “And along the way they are going to rip you off with skyrocketing hydro rates that Ontario families cannot afford.” “I invite everybody to take a long look at their most recent hydro bill before they vote,” concluded MacLeod. “If you believe you should be paying more, then the NDP are for you. But if you believe that you are already paying too much, then you should vote for the only party offering real relief for the people: Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs.” Backgrounder – NDP’s Incoherent Hydro Plan May 29th, 2018 The NDP’s Unready Hydro Plan: The NDP hydro promise has not been properly thought through or adequately costed. Experts have called the plan an attempt to “put Humpty Dumpty back together again,” having an “air of unreality,” and lacking a “clear path."1] The NDP is just as responsible for getting Ontario into the hydro mess as Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals as Andrea Horwath and her NDP voted to support the Green Energy Act, which has led us to overpay on renewable energy by $9.2 billion according to the Auditor General.[2] The NDP wants to cancel the Fair Hydro Plan. That single policy decision will raise hydro rates by 25%, effectively cancelling out their alleged 30% reduction. Despite claiming to have a fully costed platform, the NDP lists the costs of their alleged 30% hydro reduction plan as “not applicable.”[3] The only thing they have costed out in their plan is their desire to re-acquire Hydro One, which they show will cost $300 million annually by using the Hydro One dividend paid to the province to pay off shareholders who currently own the company. Given that Hydro One was sold for $9.2 billion,[4] buying it back at a pace of $300 million a year, would take approximately 31 years to complete this transaction. Andrea Horwath would need to be re-elected nearly 8 times to see this through to completion. By using the Hydro One dividend to re-acquire Hydro One, Andrea Horwath and the NDP are proposing to take money paid directly out of every Ontario families’ hydro bill and use it to line the pockets of wealthy shareholders who already own Hydro One stock. This money should go back to families to reduce their bills. In addition, the prospectus that Hydro One and the government signed in 2015 prevents the province from ever securing more than 50% ownership. Andrea Horwath has not explained how she would terminate this agreement without penalty. Under the NDP plan, the average bill will only see a 17% savings.[5] The only people who will see a 30% savings are “urban seniors” who use electricity throughout the day. Next, the NDP wants to use the tax benefit Hydro One received of $2.6 billion to give back to ratepayers over four years. However, the Ontario Energy Board directed to Hydro One “that ratepayers receive 29 per cent of the savings and shareholders 71 per cent.”[6] That means this money is already being spent on rate reductions and on shareholder benefits. It cannot be re-spent by the NDP. This miscalculation is as much as 3.2% of their claimed 17% reduction. Next, 5% of the NDP plan relies on the federal government removing the HST from hydro bills. The NDP cannot guarantee that the Federal Liberal government will spend a single dollar reducing Ontario hydro bills. Even worse, The NDP wants to close Pickering early which will increase hydro rates by $600 million and remove 14% of the province’s power supply.[7] How We Will Fix It: Doug Ford and the Ontario PC Party have a costed, affordable and realistic plan to reduce hydro rates by 12% for families, farmers and small businesses: Rebating the government’s portion of Hydro One’s dividend directly to ratepayers on their hydro bills. This will save the average Ontario household $70 a year – or roughly 4.7% – and will grow over time. Moving conservation funding to the tax base. This will save the average Ontario household $43 a year, or roughly 2.9%. Placing an immediate moratorium on any new energy contracts. Rebating the savings back to residential customers will save the average Ontario household $20 a year, or roughly 1.4%. Walk away from, or renegotiate, pre-notice to proceed contracts, where feasible. When rebated back to residential customers, this will save the average Ontario household $40 a year, or roughly 2.7%. A Doug Ford Ontario PC Government will also work with businesses to stabilize industrial hydro rates through a package of aggressive reforms.

HORWATH CONTINUES TO DEFEND CANDIDATE THAT POSTED HITLER MEME

May 29, 2018
Refused to say whether she’d ever fire a candidate for saying offensive things During the last debate, Andrea Horwath continued to defend her candidate, Tasleem Riaz, who is known for sharing a Adolf Hitler meme and calling Canadian soldiers war criminals. If Andrea Horwath had even an ounce of leadership she would have unequivocally condemned this candidate. The NDP have also defended a candidate who made offensive comments about the poppy, who have shilled bizarre conspiracy theories about 9/11, and called for the highest carbon tax in North America. When pressed by the media about whether she would ever fire a candidate Horwath said she was “not going to project what might or might not happen in the course of the next 11 days.” Instead of showing leadership, Ms. Horwath continues to describe these shocking revelations about her candidate as “slinging mud”, “dragging people down into the dirt” and “muckraking”. People of Ontario deserve to know the true character of the individuals on the ballot. The NDP is running a slate of radical candidates with shocking views. That’s not mudslinging, that's a fact. The NDP like to pretend they’re standing up for Ontario workers, but in reality they cater to downtown Toronto radical special interests. The NDP are unready, offensive, and outside the mainstream. If the leader of the NDP won’t unequivocally condemn these comments, she's clearly not read to govern. Transcript from Andrea Horwath’s media avail after the debate: Reporter: ...he brought up again some of your candidates calling them radical, he said one of them has been inspired by Hitler, obviously they're using this as a strategy, they're scouring the social media accounts of all your candidates. How much of a distraction is that to your campaign? Is it throwing you off message? Horwath: Well you know he's trying his hardest to dig up Facebook posts and pieces that go back years and years, and I think what people need to get a sense of is what's happening today, right now, with Mr. Ford and his candidates, I mean there are three different police forces that are investigating different candidates of Mr. Ford's who may be using stolen information from the 407. I mean, this is identity theft happening here and yet, somehow Mr. Ford thinks that this is not anything that he needs to be responsible for, that he needs to answer to and instead he's digging back into years of Facebook posts, years back into Facebook posts of my candidates. At the end of the day, what Mr. Ford needs to do is come clean about what's happening with that data that was stolen from the 407. Come clean about what he intends to do with his six billion dollars of cuts and likely more. Show the people a platform, I mean, look, this is a guy who's a businessman. I mean there's no way that Mr. Ford is gonna sign a contract without the numbers filled in. There's no way that a guy like Mr. Ford would buy a used car and not look under the hood and yet that's exactly what he's asking Ontarians to do. Reporter: Doug Ford fired Tanya Granic Allen as a candidate over something that was on YouTube from several years ago. What's it gonna take for you to actually fire a candidate of ... yeah, what's it gonna take? Horwath: Well again, I believe very firmly that every time they've decided to use this tabloid mud slinging tactic, we've responded very clearly in terms of our candidates and their commitment to the values and the program that's set out in our platform and I'm gonna continue to do that. Again, if Mr. Ford's tactics or his plan for the next 11 days is to not give people a platform to look at, and instead just try to mud sling, I've got news for Mr. Ford, people who throw mud, who sling mud, often lose ground. Reporter: What is your bar though to Mike's question? What is your bar for getting rid of a candidate, because you set the bar for other parties. You set the bar on Tanya Granic Allen and Patrick Brown...they should be booted. So what does it take for you to boot a candidate? Horwath: I'm not going to project what might or might not happen in the course of the next 11 days. What I'm gonna do is what I've done for the last number of days, number of weeks even prior to the campaign starting, and that is to let the people of Ontario know, that there is a party that's gonna stay focused on them. That's not going to spend all my time slinging mud and dragging people down into the dirt and instead focus on the positive and the fact that we can have hope for the future. That's what I think people desire and all of this muckraking that's going on, I think is what makes people cynical about politics and what makes people wanna give up on even voting and you know what? I think that this time we can do things differently and have people vote for something for a change.

THE ONTARIO PCS ARE READY TO GOVERN

May 28, 2018May 28, 2018
Ontario PC team will be ready to deliver meaningful change on day one Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today joined a roundtable of Ontario PC candidates to discuss the issues that they have been hearing during the election campaign. During the discussion Ford and his fellow candidates also discussed the steps that an Ontario PC Government will take to deliver immediate, meaningful and affordable change following the June 7 election. “Our team of candidates will be ready, right out of the gates on June 8th, to provide the leadership and direction Ontario needs,” said Ford. “This team is prepared to put more money in your pocket, clean up the hydro mess, create good jobs, restore accountability and cut hospital wait times — and we will be ready on day one. Joining Ford at his roundtable were a team of candidates from across Ontario including Caroline Mulroney (York-Simcoe), Christine Elliott (Newmarket-Aurora), Doug Downey (Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte), Greg Rickford (Kenora—Rainy River), Lisa MacLeod (Nepean), Peter Bethlenfalvy (Pickering–Uxbridge), Raymond Cho(Scarborough North), Rod Phillips (Ajax), Roshan Nallaratnam (Scarborough Guildwood), Sandie Bellows (St. Catharines), Vic Fedeli (Nipissing) and Donna Skelly (Flamborough-Glanbrook) and Michael Parsa (Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill) Ford contrasted the depth of the Ontario PC team to the candidates running for the NDP. Over the course of the past week NDP leader Andrea Horwath has been left scrambling to defend multiple NDP candidates with radical and non-mainstream views that include histories of anti-Semitism, accusing the men and women of the Canadian forces of war crimes, calling for a 35 cent per litre carbon tax, and advocacy of violent protests and property destruction. “Andrea Horwath has already admitted that her candidates will need special ‘training’ before they can be trusted,” said Ford. “But it’s clear that no amount of training will be enough. The NDP are unready, offensive and outside the mainstream.” “We have the right plan, we have the right team and we are going to get the job done for the people,” Ford concluded. “And we will be ready starting on day one.” Meet the Ontario PC Team Ready to Govern Caroline Mulroney York Simcoe Caroline has had a successful career in the private sector spanning business and law while effectively running a charity benefitting homeless and at-risk women. She is currently the Vice President of BloombergSen Investment Partners, a Toronto-based investment firm, where she manages client services, marketing and business development. Prior to that, Caroline spearheaded corporate and regulatory matters related to growth opportunities in Canada and the United States for Wellington Financial LP. As a lawyer, she was an associate at Shearman & Sterling and then Associate Director of the NYU Center for Law & Business. Caroline began her career as a financial analyst in the investment banking department of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Caroline is a graduate of Harvard College and the NYU School of Law. In addition to her work in the private sector, Caroline is passionate about the charitable organization she co-founded and chairs called the Shoebox Project for Shelters. With local chapters across Canada and the United States, they coordinate and deliver gifts to thousands of women and girls in shelters or facing homelessness. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Hospital for SickKids Foundation and is a Governor of the National Theatre School of Canada. She is a former member of the Board of Directors to the Fraser Institute and the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority, a Crown corporation. Born in Montreal, Caroline grew up in Ottawa and is bilingual. Caroline and her husband Andrew Lapham have four children and a dog, Peanut. They have a home in Georgina. Christine Elliott Newmarket Aurora As a mother, lawyer, businesswoman, and entrepreneur, Christine Elliott knows how to bring people together. She knows the importance of balancing a family budget and how to manage a successful business. Christine knows that responsible government is needed to get Ontario back onto the right financial track. Christine graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Laws degree. She then built a successful career in business and law, working first as an auditor at one of Canada’s largest banks. Christine later co-founded a law firm with her late husband Jim Flaherty, where she specialized in real estate, corporate law, and estate law. Christine has worked tirelessly to help businesses all across the province expand and thrive. Christine also used her business and legal expertise to pursue her commitment to public service. Her pro bono legal work for charitable organizations gained her the recognition as a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, the highest award with Rotary. In 2006, Christine was elected MPP. She has won four elections, and for nine years she served the people of Ontario at Queen’s Park, including six years as Deputy Leader of the PC Party. As well, Christine is a co-founder of the Abilities Centre in Whitby, a facility built with the vision of celebrating all people, regardless of ability. The centre has become a hub of its community, hosting various Parapan Am Games events in 2015. In 2016, Christine became Ontario’s Patient Ombudsman, where she fought for better access to health care for all. Christine is looking forward to the opportunity to return to the Legislature and to fight hard for the issues that matter to all residents of Newmarket-Aurora. Christine has triplet sons, John, Galen and Quinn. Doug Downey Barrie Springwater Oro-Medonate Born and raised in Simcoe County (Bond Head), Doug grew up working on area farms and roofing. Once at University, he worked summer jobs driving a parts truck and at the Barrie Court House on Worsley Street. After University, Doug and Jennifer returned to Simcoe County to raise a family (Andrew, 17 and Jane, 10). After serving two terms on Municipal Council, Doug has remained an active volunteer. He is past president of Kiwanis, Big Brothers Big Sisters, a local Chamber, and is currently VP of a local Community Development Corporation. Doug was Chair of the Independent Panel on the Future of the Trent-Severn, It’s All About the Water. He was appointed (volunteer) on the Expert Panel on the Regulation of Home Inspectors and the Business Law Advisory Group, advising the Minister of Government and Consumer Services. Doug has been involved in politics in the riding since 1993 and has been Campaign Manager for several successful campaigns in the riding and Simcoe County. As a real estate and small business lawyer he has served thousands of families in Simcoe County for 20 years Greg Rickford Kenora—Rainy River Greg Rickford was acclaimed as the PC Ontario candidate for Kenora-Rainy River on Saturday November 18th at a meeting held in Dryden, Ontario. Instilled with the values of hard work and public service from a young age, Greg has earned degrees in common and civil law from McGill University, and an MBA from Laval University. Those values brought Greg to the remote First Nations communities of Northern Ontario as a young man where he worked as a nurse and lawyer. Greg’s experience led him to understand the issues and opportunities that face the Kenora-Rainy River riding. As a federal Member of Parliament, Greg made improving economic and infrastructure conditions for First Nations in the area one of his core goals. He was the first Conservative MP ever elected in the 84-year history of the Kenora riding. In 2013, Greg was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister of State (Science and Technology) and the Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor). In 2014, he was promoted to the Minister of Natural Resources while retaining his responsibilities for FedNor. Previously, Greg had served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor). Since 2015 Greg Rickford, has practiced law and serves as a strategic advisor to a number of companies and organizations specializing in natural resources, indigenous affairs, health, and legal matters. Greg has also served as on the Board of Directors for Noront Resources Ltd. – a publicly traded company on the TSX since April 7, 2017. Greg and his wife Janet have two daughters, Abigail Mae and Poppy Kate. Greg is a diehard Toronto Blue Jays & Toronto Maple Leafs fan and loves college football. An avid sport shooter at the Lake of the Woods Gun Club, Greg is also a fishing and yoga enthusiast, Greg's favourite place in the world is with his family at his home in Keewatin on Lake of the Woods. Lisa MacLeod Nepean Lisa MacLeod was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in a 2006 byelection as the youngest MPP in that parliament and the youngest conservative woman to be elected in Ontario- either federally or provincially. She has continued to represent the Nepean-Carleton riding winning elections in 2007, 2011, 2014. In 2011 Lisa received the highest vote total in all of Ontario of any candidate. Lisa is presently the PC Critic to the Treasury Board, the PC Critic for Anti-Racism, and the PC Critic for the City of Ottawa . She serves as Vice Chair of the Standing Committee for Public Accounts and is a member of the Standing Committee of Finance and Economic Affair. Lisa has served as the Vice Chair of the Quebec-Ontario Parliamentary Friendship Committee, Ontario’s steering committee member on the Canadian Parliamentary Women’s Association and Vice Chair of the Government Agencies Committee and Legislative Assembly Committees. She has also served as Official Opposition Finance Critic, Energy Critic, Education Critic, Revenue and Accountability Critic, Government and Consumer Affairs critic and Critic for Children and Youth. Lisa’s legislative success includes Rowan’s Law, Canada's first concussion legislation, Lebansese Heritage Month and Trans Remembrance Month. As well, Lisa has been successful in receiving all party support for making Queen’s Park Family Friendly, defending Ontario’s horseracing industry and a compassionate and catastrophic care Motion. For her work Lisa has been awarded the Friendship Medal by the Royal Canadian Legion, a commendation by the St. John’s Ambulance and is the 2018 EVE Award Recipient from Equal Voice- for her work with Daughters of the Vote and liveable legislatures . Lisa was also named Top 50 and Top 25 in the Capital and in 2017 was named Faces Magazine’s Favourite Ottawa MPP. Lisa has authored a cookbook, “I’d Rather Be Baking Cookies: A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends”, and has enjoyed coaching her daughter in sports including being the trainer on the Nepean Girls Wildcats Hockey team. Before being elected to the Ontario Legislature, Lisa served as an advisor to Nepean-Carleton legislators at all three levels of government, spent time as a political commentator on local TV and radio and worked in a management program with Sobeys Inc. She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, holding a B.A. Honours in Political Science. Lisa has studied at the Masters level in Intelligence Studies at American Military University. Lisa MacLeod lives in Nepean with her husband Joseph Varner and their daughter Victoria. Peter Bethlenfalvy Pickering – Uxbridge Peter Bethlenfalvy is the Ontario PC candidate for Pickering-Uxbridge. Peter is an international leader in the financial services sector with over 25 years of senior leadership experience in capital markets, risk management and investments. He is married and has three children. He is currently Chief Investment and Risk Officer at CST Consultants. Prior to joining CST, he was Senior Vice President, financial regulations at Manulife Financial, where he was responsible for strategy and monitoring financial regulatory systems around the world. Peter was also President and Chief Operating Officer of TD Securities (USA). Peter understands the impact of the Liberal government’s mismanagement of the province’s finances. In 2009, as Co-President of DBRS, his company led an extensive review of the Ontario Liberals’ financial mismanagement and expressed concerns that unsustainable spending would hurt future generations. These findings helped inspire him to seek public office and help repair Ontario with a new government. In 2014, Peter joined the True Patriot Love Expedition to the magnetic North Pole in support of Canadian military families. He is also a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Financial Services Research Initiative, serves on the Board of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, and sits on the McGill University’s Desautels Capital Management Board of Directors. Peter holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from McGill University which included a year at the HEC School of Management, Paris; and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto. He strongly believes it’s time for a change in Ontario. Peter has committed to work hard and stand up for residents of Pickering-Uxbridge. Raymond Cho Scarborough North Raymond Cho arrived in Vancouver B.C. in March 1967 as a landed immigrant from Seoul, Korea. Before he came to Canada, Raymond already had a B.A. degree in English from the University of Foreign Studies and worked for the Cultural Division of the American Embassy in South Korea. In order to earn money for his future education, he had gone to work in asbestos mines in British Columbia just south of Yukon Territory. In order to make enough money, Raymond worked three jobs simultaneously; a mine labourer during the day, a waiter in the evening, and a janitor in the middle of the night. At the end of 1967, Raymond traveled to Toronto. Unfortunately, it was again very difficult for Raymond to find a job. The first job he found was a janitorial role at the Toronto General Hospital. Although life was very hard as a new immigrant, Raymond never gave up on his dream. His goal to get a higher education and to become a successful professional kept pushing him to go further. Raymond worked very hard to get his first Master of Social Work degree from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Raymond also studied for and received a Master's degree of Education and a Doctorate degree in counselling psychology, all from the University of Toronto. Besides Raymond’s responsibilities as a professional social worker and his demanding academic studies from the University of Toronto, Raymond became heavily involved in advocating for human rights. Raymond dedicated his advocacy efforts to the cases of human rights abuse in North Korea, fighting for the rights of Koreans who live in Japan, and for the restoration of democracy in South Korea in the 1970s and 1980s. Raymond and his wife accompanied Rev. Jesse Jackson to Japan and South Korea to advocate for these issues in 1986. Furthermore, Raymond describes himself as a human rights activist, striving for the fair and equal treatment of all people. Raymond was first elected as a Metro Councillor in 1991 and was re-elected to the amalgamated City of Toronto in 1997. Since then he was re-elected as a City Councillor with an accumulative 8 landslide victories overall. In 2016, MPP Raymond Cho won a by-election in the riding of Scarborough-Rouge River and became the first Member of Provincial Parliament of Korean background in Ontario. He is proud to represent Scarborough-rouge River and is thankful for the trust placed in him by his constituents. About nine years ago MPP Cho founded the Global Youth Leaders which consisted of high school leaders from the Greater Toronto Area. Raymond led the GYL group to the Philippines three times to build houses for the victims of typhoons. He also led the students from GYL to Jamaica twice to help orphans with HIV and AIDS, and to help seniors at the Golden Age Senior Home. MPP Raymond Cho and his wife, Soon Ok, have been living in Scarborough for the past 45 years and they have three adult sons. Rod Phillips Ajax Rod Phillips is a successful business leader, community activist, and a life long advocate for government integrity and accountability. He is currently the candidate for the Ontario PC Party in the new riding of Ajax in the 2018 Ontario spring election. Rod most recently was the Chair of both Afiniti Canada, a global artificial intelligence company and Postmedia, Canada’s largest news media company. He is the former President and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and Shepell.fgi, a Canadian based international employee health company. Rod has a lifetime commitment to community service, most recently as Chair of the Boards of CivicAction and the TELUS GTA Community Board leading work to reduce gridlock, youth unemployment and improve mental health across the GTA. He has served in senior capacities with several other prominent community organizations and was an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Army Reserves. His political experience includes being a senior campaign advisor to the Leader of the PC Party in four campaigns and Chief of Staff to an Ontario cabinet minister and the Mayor of Toronto. He led international observer teams monitoring elections in post-war El Salvador and in Romania after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Rod completed his undergraduate studies at Western University and holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. He also completed studies at the Rotman School of Management. His work has been recognized locally and nationally including as one Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. Rod is married to Lydia Phillips and resides in Ajax, Ontario. Roshan Nallaratnam Scarborough-Guildwood Roshan Nallaratnam is a Law Enforcement Professional and hails from a social service-oriented family background. He was born in Sri Lanka, raised in India, and immigrated to Canada in 2005. Roshan and his wife, Abirami, have a young family with three daughters. He is a proud Canadian and understands the importance of strong family values. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and has a penchant for playing cricket. Roshan has been actively engaged with the Toronto community, working with the youth through sports and social awareness programs. He has been very vocal on issues concerning security and family welfare. Roshan enthusiastically reaches out to all communities around the city, which has earned him broad recognition and support. If elected as the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood, Roshan will fully commit himself to the residents of Scarborough and will proudly represent the community. Vic Fedeli Nipissing Vic Fedeli was born and raised in North Bay. His grandparents chose to come to Ontario from Italy with ambitions of a far better life and more opportunity for their young families. In his 20s, he opened Fedeli Advertising, the first ad agency north of Toronto. As a young entrepreneur, he turned the company into a global agency that communicated with people all over the world, from their base in Northern Ontario. One of the proudest moments of his business career was when Fedeli Advertising was named 34th in the Top 50 Best Places to Work in Canada. In 1992, Vic sold the firm and devoted the next 11 years to managing three non-profit ventures. He founded Air Base Property Corporation, a local development agency that took over the airside assets of CFB North Bay. Vic used his business experience to write the business plan that attracted Voyageur Airways, which now employs over 350 people involved in repair and overhaul of aircraft from around the world. In 2003, Vic ran for mayor of North Bay and as a first-time candidate was elected with 75% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2006 in another landslide. As mayor, Vic transformed the city, restoring both hope and solvency. Moody’s Investors Service took notice, increasing the city’s credit rating five times to their highest possible rating – substantially reducing the city’s debt interest payments. Internationally, Vic was one of only two North American mayors invited to the prestigious Government Leaders Forum hosted by Bill Gates and had the pleasure to discuss a municipality’s role in governing with former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeline Albright. He made news on both sides of the border when he successfully launched a grassroots campaign to reverse the U.S. ‘Buy American’ provision, earning special acknowledgment from then U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson. In 2011, after keeping his promise to step down as mayor after serving two terms, Vic was elected to serve the people of Nipissing at Queen’s Park. In 2014, Vic was re-elected as Nipissing MPP. As the Official Opposition Energy Critic, his leadership and tenacity helped uncover the government’s gas plant scandal. Now, as Finance Critic, Vic is the lead voice holding the Wynne Government to account over their disastrous economic record. Vic and his wife Patty live in North Bay. Donna Skelly Flamborough Glanbrook Born and raised in a small Northern Ontario railroad town, Donna has lived and worked in communities across Ontario giving her a unique perspective on the challenges and issues facing Ontarians. Donna currently sits on Hamilton City Council where she has quickly developed a reputation for being a tough, fiscally responsible politician who believes in fighting for the taxpayer. Prior to her career in politics, Donna worked in the broadcast industry, for over 30 years both in Ontario and Quebec. She has travelled overseas covering international affairs including the first Gulf War and reported on numerous political and social events across the province. Donna anchored regional and national newscasts and co-hosted and produced a popular daily current affairs program seen nationwide. In 2000 Donna founded an online news service considered cutting edge for digital technology and content. She was named woman of the year for Politics and Public Affairs by the YWCA and sits on numerous boards and agencies both locally and federally. Donna lives in Hamilton with her two sons. Michael Parsa Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill Having lived in Richmond Hill since 2002, where he has been married to his wife Valerie for the past 10 years, Michael is deeply committed to the community. He has worked and volunteered in the community in a variety of ways, including initiatives for at-risk youth, personal mentorship, and empowerment. He sits on the board of the Optimist Club, where he served as President from 2006 to 2009. For the past five years, Michael has sat alongside the Mayor as one of the judges of the Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade. In 2011, Michael was awarded the Maple Leaf Award for outstanding outreach and volunteerism. He also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his exemplary contributions to the local community. Outside of his political and volunteer activities, Michael has a B.A. in Organizational Management and has been running a local family business since 1990. Michael loves sports. He’s an avid hockey fan, and plays soccer and golf. If he’s not playing, he is busy coaching youth sports teams in the community. Meet the Real NDP Unready, Offensive, and Outside the Mainstream Joel Harden Ottawa Centre Has advocated for a $150/tonne carbon tax, which would be the highest carbon tax in the world. Harden’s carbon tax would increase gas prices by 34.8 cents per litre.1 Harden’s carbon tax would increase the cost of heating a home with natural gas by $216 per month, or $2,592 per year. In an interview with the Socialist Worker, he said that the readers should see him as “an ally, who won’t change.”2 Laura Kaminker Mississauga Centre Refuses to wear a poppy, writing in a 2014 blog post, "I just wear my peace button on my jacket as always, and wait for the collective brainwashing to blow over. When our masters give the signal, everyone can take off the fake poppy - made with prison labour - and create a bit more landfill. And another annual ritual of war glorification comes to a close."3 Has attacked sports teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Blue Jays who honour our troops at games.4 A 9/11 conspiracy theorist who strongly believes we should stop memorializing the 3,000 lives lost, including 26 Canadians. In 2010, she wrote "Enough about September 11...for the US. For the world. Enough already,” and in 2011 she wrote "It makes me want to shout: Go away! Go the fuck away! All of you fixating on this one event, the whole world expected to stand in hushed silence because a bad thing happened to Americans."5 While she does not want to honour the troops who have fought for the freedom and rights we all hold dear, she does want to wage a war on Christmas, writing ““If there were a war on Christmas, I’d think about signing up.”6 Is a self-described Marxist, who after a conference wrote that it was a “weekend of inspiration, education, and revolution.”7 Tasleem Riaz Scarborough-Agincourt She shared a pro-Nazi meme on Facebook which featured Adolf Hitler giving a Nazi salute with the quote, “If you don’t like a Rule...Just Follow it...Reach on the top...and Change the Rule” attributed to the German dictator.8 She also called our brave men and women in uniform war criminals who are a “slaughtering machine.”9 Dwayne Morgan Scarborough North A 9/11 conspiracy theorist who tweeted, “Now if they could do something about Bush’s role in 9/11, people could finally get closure”10 Jessica Bell University-Rosedale A professional protester, who co-wrote a handbook on organizing radical protests, and endorses strategies like “occupation,” and “property destruction” and a manual accusing the police of targeted assassinations.11, 12 As an activist with the Rainforest Action Network, she was part of a group of paid protesters who climbed a crane in Seattle and were arrested for criminal sabotage.13 Rima Berns-McGown Beaches-East York Rima is known for posting anti-semitic and inflammatory language on her blog, which she has since tried to cover up: "Palestinians have borne the brunt of Jews’ traumatized reaction to the Holocaust — such that a fringe idea at the end of the 19th century has become Jewish identity orthodoxy.”14 “Netanyahu and his ilk play the Holocaust card every time they counter international criticism. It’s completely instrumental: how can you say no to a man whose relatives were shoved into an oven while your relatives said nothing? But you must. You must say no.”15 Ramsey Hart Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston A career anti-mining activist who has opposed development of the Ring of Fire.16 Bragged about the fact that mining companies dislike him.17 Wants to raise mining taxes as a roundabout way of shutting down mining exploration across the province.18 Has attacked “the [mining] industry’s dirt and dangerous legacy.19 Chandra Pasma Ottawa West-Nepean She wrote a blog post where she said jobs are not the answer, saying “We need to reconceptualize work and find ways of detaching income security from paid employment,” and “How do we escape the clutches of labourism, with its limited ideas of work and its dehumanizing emphasis on paid labour.”20 Fitzroy Vanderpool Kitchener South-Hespeler Helped to sponsor a Female Oil Wrestling competition featuring bikini-clad women. When he was pressed about his involvement in the event, Vanderpool denied he attended the event, and speculated that it was another person named “Fitz the Whip.”21 Nikki Clarke Mississauga-Malton Ran a company called Beads 4 Health that made jewelry with magnets that she said could relieve arthritis pain and improve circulation. Scientific evidence disputes this claim.22, 23

FORD WINS LEADER’S DEBATE

May 27, 2018May 27, 2018
Doug Ford was the clear winner of tonight’s leader’s debate, because he was the only leader who used this opportunity to talk about the real issues and pressures facing Ontario families. “The Liberal Party’s record of job losses, out of control hydro and tax bills and massive deficits is already common knowledge,” said Ford. “But tonight’s debate was an opportunity to pull the curtain back on the real NDP, whose plan for Ontario would be ten times worse.” During the debate Ford shared details about the Ontario PC Plan for the People which will include reducing hydro bills by 12 per cent, lowering the price of gas by 10 cents a litre, and lowering middle class income taxes by 20 per cent. These measures will save families hundred of dollars per year. “We’re the only party that is ready to govern on day one,” said Ford. “And we have a plan that will reduce your tax bills, grow the economy and protect health care, education and other public services." During the debate, Horwath once again failed to apologize or explain the series of offensive comments from Ontario NDP candidates that have, to date, included sharing Hitler memes online, demanding that gas taxes increase by 35 cents per litre, accusing Canadian soldiers of war crimes, and threatening to shut down Northern Ontario mining jobs. Horwath also failed to explain the $7 billion hole in her platform, and had no answer for the NDP’s documented record of forcing 100,000 people out of work and putting over a million people on welfare. Horwath also failed to explain her party’s documented history of supporting the privatization of Hydro One which lead to the outrageous $6 million pay-out to the CEO of Hydro One. “I found the debate to be a great opportunity for the people of Ontario to see where each leader stands,” said Ford. “You know where I stand, I’m with the little guy and I was proud to be the only leader on stage with a plan to create good jobs, restore accountability to government and cut hospital wait times across Ontario.” Lines of the Night: “With the NDP - there won't be any large companies left to tax, because they will all be going south of the border." -Doug Ford "We are going to have a booming economy and we will need more nurses, more doctors and more teachers." - Doug Ford [Andrea Horwath is] promising 30, 40, 50, billion dollars a year, I still don’t know where you are getting all your money from. 40-50 billion dollars. I know where you are getting it from. Do you know where they are getting it from my friends at home? They are getting it from you. They are getting it from the taxpayers. -Doug Ford

MEET THE REAL NDP: CARBON TAX CRUSADER JOEL HARDEN

May 27, 2018
Star NDP candidate openly calling for the highest carbon tax in the world which will increase gas prices by 35 cents per litre. In the latest revelation about the real Ontario NDP agenda, Ontario PC Candidate Stephen Lecce today revealed that a star NDP candidate is continuing to court radical voters by calling for a $150/tonne carbon tax. “Joel Harden is openly crusading for a carbon tax that will increase gas taxes by 35 cents per litre,” said Lecce. “This will add $4,100 in new costs to a family with two cars.” Harden’s carbon tax advocacy is the latest in a long series of exposures about NDP candidates that have included incidents of sharing Nazi memes online, accusing Canadian soldiers of committing war crimes, and advocating violence and property destruction to achieve their economic ends. “This is the pattern we see with Horwath,” said Lecce. “When NDP candidates slander our men and women in uniform — she does nothing. When NDP candidates share Nazi memes online — she does nothing. And now, when a star NDP candidate openly disagrees with the NDP’s public platform and calls for a 35 cents per litre carbon tax — she does nothing.” Lecce highlighted that Harden continues to advocate for a massive new carbon tax, despite it not being printed in the NDP’s public platform. Horwath continues to indulge Mr. Harden which calls into question her past comments that NDP candidates are expected to agree with the NDP’s real platform. “Every single time Horwath has been given an opportunity to do the right thing — she has chosen the easy path,” concluded Lecce. “She always chooses to indulge extremists rather than fight for real people. If that is true today, why should we expect it to change if she becomes Premier?” Meet The Real NDP Joel Harden Ottawa Centre Joel Harden, the radical NDP candidate for Ottawa Centre, has openly advocated for a $30/tonne carbon tax, increasing by $10 a year to 2030.1 That carbon tax would equal $150 a tonne by 2030. The Federal government has published figures showing that a $50 a tonne carbon tax would be equal to a 11.6 cent a litre increase on gasoline prices at the pump.2 At that rate, this means $150 a tonne is a 34.8 cent a litre increase on gasoline prices. For the average driver – at 20,000 kilometres a year - that would mean a $772.56 increase at the pumps.3 Even worse, this punishing carbon tax would also apply to natural gas. The 2018 Ontario budget notes that a $72 a tonne carbon tax would equal $50 more a month in natural gas prices.4 At that rate, a $150 a tonne carbon tax would equal $216 more per month on natural gas bills. For the 73 per cent of Ontario households that use natural gas to heat their homes,5 that means they will pay $2,592 more under the NDP. Laura Kaminker Mississauga Centre Refuses to wear a poppy, writing in a 2014 blog post, "I just wear my peace button on my jacket as always, and wait for the collective brainwashing to blow over. When our masters give the signal, everyone can take off the fake poppy - made with prison labour - and create a bit more landfill. And another annual ritual of war glorification comes to a close."6 Has attacked sports teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Blue Jays who honour our troops at games.7 A 9/11 conspiracy theorist who strongly believes we should stop memorializing the 3,000 lives lost, including 26 Canadians. In 2010, she wrote "Enough about September 11...for the US. For the world. Enough already,” and in 2011 she wrote "It makes me want to shout: Go away! Go the fuck away! All of you fixating on this one event, the whole world expected to stand in hushed silence because a bad thing happened to Americans."8 While she does not want to honour the troops who have fought for the freedom and rights we all hold dear, she does want to wage a war on Christmas, writing ““If there were a war on Christmas, I’d think about signing up.”9 Is a self-described Marxist, who after a conference wrote that it was a “weekend of inspiration, education, and revolution.”10 Tasleem Riaz Scarborough-Agincourt She shared a pro-Nazi meme on Facebook which featured Adolf Hitler giving a Nazi salute with the quote, “If you don’t like a Rule...Just Follow it...Reach on the top...and Change the Rule” attributed to the German dictator. 11 She also called our brave men and women in uniform war criminals who are a “slaughtering machine.”12 Dwayne Morgan Scarborough North A 9/11 conspiracy theorist who tweeted, “Now if they could do something about Bush’s role in 9/11, people could finally get closure.” 13 Jessica Bell: University-Rosedale A professional protester, who co-wrote a handbook on organizing radical protests, and endorses strategies like “occupation,” and “property destruction”14 and a manual accusing the police of targeted assassinations.15 As an activist with the Rainforest Action Network, she was part of a group of paid protesters who climbed a crane in Seattle and were arrested for criminal sabotage.16 Rima Berns McGown Beaches-East York Rima is known for posting anti-semitic and inflammatory language on her blog, which she has since tried to cover up: ○ "Palestinians have borne the brunt of Jews’ traumatized reaction to the Holocaust — such that a fringe idea at the end of the 19th century has become Jewish identity orthodoxy.”17 ○ “Netanyahu and his ilk play the Holocaust card every time they counter international criticism. It’s completely instrumental: how can you say no to a man whose relatives were shoved into an oven while your relatives said nothing? But you must. You must say no.”18 Ramsey Hart Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston A career anti-mining activist who has opposed development of the Ring of Fire.19 Bragged about the fact that mining companies dislike him.20 Wants to raise mining taxes as a roundabout way of shutting down mining exploration across the province.21 Has attacked “the [mining] industry’s dirty and dangerous legacy.”22

DOUG FORD WILL BRING ‘BUCK-A-BEER’ BACK TO ONTARIO

May 26, 2018May 26, 2018
Will respect consumers and promote choice by allowing price competition in the beer market Doug Ford today announced that an Ontario PC Government will reduce the minimum price floor for the sale of beer in Ontario to $1.00 plus deposit per bottle. “Our plan puts people first,” said Ford. “For too long beer consumers have been forced to pay inflated prices for beer in order to increase the profits of big corporations. We’re going to allow price competition for beer and this will save consumers money.” In 2008 the Liberal government increased the minimum price floor for beer, which discouraged competition and gouged consumers who previously benefitted from buying beer in a competitive marketplace. Under the PC Plan, brewers and retailers will be allowed to once again compete on price, down to the $1.00 per bottle price floor that previously existed. “We’re the only party that puts people ahead of government and consumers ahead of big corporations,” said Ford. “If a brewer wants to offer you a buck-a-beer, there is no reason for government to stand in the way.” The Ontario PC Party has previously announced that, as part of its plan for the people, it will expand the sale of beer and wine into more grocery stores, convenience stores and big box stores. “It’s time to trust that consumers and local retailers are mature enough to make responsible decisions when it comes to the sale of beer and wine,” said Ford. “It’s time for the government to stop gouging the people. Change is coming and help is on the way.” Backgrounder – “Buck-a-Beer” In 2008, the Ontario Liberals raised the minimum price of 24 bottles of beer to $25.60 plus deposit, ending the days of “Buck-a-Beer” in Ontario.[1] This policy was solely about lining the pockets of foreign multinational brewers and protecting the monopoly of the Beer Store. The difference between the retail price of beer and the Ontario beer tax rate goes directly into the pockets of foreign multinational brewers. Given that the current beer tax rate on 24 bottles of beer is just over $7 a case, the increase from $24 to $25.60 was solely about increasing the profit margins for big beer by more than $1.50 per case. Even worse, both the Liberals and the NDP want to continue lining the pockets of these foreign multinational brewers instead of delivering competition, increased consumer access, and lower beer prices. How We Will Fix It: A Doug Ford Ontario PC government will bring back ‘Buck-a-Beer’ in Ontario. We will do so by amending the regulations within the Liquor Control Act to allow for a minimum price floor of $24 for 24 bottles of beer, plus deposit. This will force brewers to reconsider their sale prices to stay competitive, all while delivering lower prices to consumers. To allow for more competition, all retailers will be able to sell packaging sizes commonly found at the Beer Store, including cases of 12 or 24 bottles or cans. Since Ontario’s beer taxes are volumetric, this will not impact government revenues or have a direct fiscal cost. This builds on a previous commitment from the Ontario PC Party to expand the sale of beer and wine to corner stores, big box stores and grocery stores.

ONLY THE ONTARIO PC PARTY WILL PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

May 26, 2018
Plan for the People includes $100 million commitment for children and their families KITCHENER — An Ontario PC Government will enhance the Ontario Autism Program by adding $100 million in new funding in the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Ontario PC candidate Amy Fee announced today. “I’ve stood with hundreds of parents at Queen’s Park devastated by the lack of support for the autism community in Ontario. I know how important it is that we give these families the resources and respect they deserve,” said Ms. Fee. “This new funding will help thousands of children get the right kind of supports they need to succeed both inside and outside of school.” Fee also announced that an Ontario PC Government will support the expansion of the use of autism service dogs in schools across the province, a cause that Ms. Fee and her family have personally advocated for at Queen’s Park. “For their part, the NDP are not offering more funding, in fact, they are proposing to cut funding from services for children with autism. This will mean longer waitlists and fewer services for the families that need and deserve them,” said Ms. Fee. “The autism community in Ontario deserves much better than the fifteen years of excuses they’ve received. The PC Party is committed to taking real action to help these families.” “It is time to help give our kids the support they need to realize their potential — so they can live fulfilling lives and pursue their own dreams,” concluded Ms. Fee. “In Ontario, we have the power to make that happen. And I am proud to run for the one party that is prepared to get the job done.” - 30 - The Plan: Help is on the way. For the People of Ontario A Doug Ford Ontario PC government will clean up the mess in government and restore respect for taxpayers. His government will put the people ahead of insiders and elites by focusing on five clear priorities. We will: PUT MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET Scrap the carbon tax, reduce gas prices by 10 cents per litre, and give real tax relief to lower and middle class families. CLEAN UP THE HYDRO MESS Fire the $6 million man running Hydro One and lower your hydro bills by 12%. CREATE GOOD JOBS Send the message that Ontario is ‘Open for Business’ and bring quality jobs back to Ontario by lowering taxes, stabilizing hydro bills and cutting job-killing red tape. RESTORE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRUST Order a line-by-line audit of government spending to bring an end to the culture of waste and mismanagement in government. CUT HOSPITAL WAIT TIMES End hallway health care by creating 15,000 new long-term care beds over the next 5 years and adding $1.9 billion in new support for mental health, addictions and housing. Backgrounder – Support for Children with Autism The Issue: One in 66 children and youth is identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). [1] There are two types of autism treatment in Ontario, intensive behavioural intervention (IBI) and applied behaviour analysis (ABA). Generally speaking IBI is a more intensive form of ABA that includes more hours of therapy weekly. The Liberal government had overseen a system that saw waitlists for IBI therapy funding from government eclipse five years. Since the Ontario Liberals deemed IBI is not effective after five years, they attempted to kick these children off the IBI waitlist and transfer them to the ABA waitlist. [2] Autism coalitions and families protested vehemently, and the two opposition parties led the charge to get the Liberals to backtrack on their promise. It got so bad that MPP Bob Delaney (Mississauga Streetsville) even called the cops on a mother of a child with autism who was protesting outside of his campaign office. [3] Eventually, the Liberals backtracked after shuffling the minister responsible out of her portfolio and introduced an Ontario Autism Program. The NDP have no additional promises for autism in their platform other than the commitment to create a “comprehensive strategy.” The NDP has removed a $62 million increase for children with autism included in Budget 2018 which will include cuts in services for families with children with autism. How we will Fix It: An Ontario PC Government will maintain the Ontario Autism Program, but we will enhance it by adding $100 million in the 2018-19 fiscal year. This is an increase of $38 million from the Liberal’s 2018 budget promise. This money will be used to help increase the number of children accessing services and reduce delays for families to get access to these services. In addition, we can announce we will review how to implement a province wide approval of autism service dogs in schools across the province – something which our candidate Amy Fee has fought for after her child’s service dog was rejected from a Kitchener-Waterloo area school. [4] Lastly, our childcare rebate includes an increased amount to claim against if a child has severe mental or physical disabilities. While this does not apply to all children with autism, it would apply to children with severe autism. They can claim against $11,000 of expenses, instead of $9,000 of expenses – meaning the maximum they can receive for a rebate is $8,250.

DOUG FORD WILL REDUCE TAXES, HYDRO BILLS AND GAS PRICES

May 25, 2018May 25, 2018
NDP will force you to pay more for everything in order to pay for their out-of-control spending The Ontario PC Party is the only party that will respect people by lowering their tax and hydro bills and reduce the price of gas at the pump. Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today contrasted the Ontario PC plan with the high-tax, high-hydro rate, high-gas price agenda of the NDP. “For 15 years, the Liberals have been partying with the taxpayers money and the NDP want to keep the party going, just with a different tune,” said Ford. “An NDP Government is just like a Kathleen Wynne Government. The only change, is that a different group of insiders and special interests get rich. But today I’m putting the special interests on notice — under an Ontario PC Government — the party with the taxpayers’ dollars is over.” Ford shared that an Ontario PC Government will cut gas prices by 10 cents per litre, saving the average driver $222 per year. An Ontario PC Government will reduce hydro bills by 12 per cent, saving the average household $173 per year. An Ontario PC Government will also introduce a refundable child care tax credit that will save parents up to $6,750 per child, a minimum wage tax credit that will save low income workers as much as $850 per year, and a middle-class tax cut that will save middle-income earners up to $786 per year. “Under an NDP government — you will be paying over $2.00 per litre for gas by next summer, because shutting down fossil fuels like gasoline is part of their real NDP agenda. They have already been caught promising to drive up hydro bills by $600 million as part of a plan to shut down the Pickering nuclear power plant, and their plan to increase taxes by $20 billion will drive more businesses and more jobs out of Ontario. And even after increasing the price of everything, the NDP still could not get their own math right and they will need to find another $7 billion in new taxes to pay for their spending.” “We’re the only party that will bring your taxes down, bring your gas prices down and bring your hydro bills down,” Ford concluded. “We will deliver real relief. We will put more money in your pocket. Change is coming and help is on the way.” -30- Backgrounder – PCs vs. NDP – More Money in Your Pocket The NDP’s Gas Plans: The Ontario NDP wants to take more money out of your pocket and implement a high cost, high tax agenda throughout the province. The NDP has suggested putting government in control of gas prices, even though this policy has failed in other provinces. For instance, in New Brunswick where prices are regulated, gas jumped by the provincial maximum before the May Victoria Day long weekend1 While in Nova Scotia, where gasoline is regulated, gasoline regulation has actually led to fuel shortages.2 In fact, Atlantic Canadian gas regulation has already gouged consumers to the tune of $206 million since 2009. The NDP Government of British Columbia has encouraged skyrocketing gas prices to discourage people from driving. This spring, Vancouver gas prices have already eclipsed $1.60 per litre and continue to rise. By doubling down on Kathleen Wynne’s cap and trade scheme, the NDP are putting Ontario on a collision course with $2.00 per litre gas. High Hydro Rates: The NDP’s own platform reveals they have no clue how to reduce hydro prices. In their platform the price tag attached to their hydro plan says “not applicable”. While Doug Ford wants to use the Hydro One dividend to reduce hydro rates for families today, Horwath wants to use the dividend to pursue her ideological project to buy back Hydro one. Independent analysts question the wisdom of this decision and have said buying back the electrical utility would cost the province billions of dollars and take decades.3 The NDP hydro plan involves asking the federal government to remove the five per cent HST on hydro – something the province has no control over. In addition, they plan on cancelling the Fair Hydro Plan, which means hydro prices will increase by 25 per cent. When combined, this means that hydro rates will not go down under the NDP. Horwath’s NDP has also proposed closure of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, which will raise bills by $600 million this August.4 All told, the NDP hydro plan has been called “disingenuous”, having “an air of unreality”, and characterized as plan that “doesn’t add up.”5 Higher Taxes Under the NDP: The Liberals raised taxes on 1.8 million Ontarians in their 2018 budget and raised taxes on countless businesses and small businesses. The NDP is not only planning to move forward with every single one of those Liberal tax increases, they also plan to increase taxes by more than $20 billion over their platform, such as higher taxes on individuals and small businesses. The NDP want to raise taxes on employers and small businesses, thereby accelerating the job losses that Ontario has witnessed under the Liberals and putting Ontario back on a crash course with the widespread unemployment that defined the ’Rae Days’ the last time the NDP was in power. What We Will Do: A Doug Ford Ontario PC Government will deliver lower gas prices, lower hydro rates, lower taxes, and make life more affordable for the people of Ontario. Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs will scrap the cap and trade carbon tax, unlike the NDP who want to double down on this costly scam. The Ontario PCs realize that canceling cap and trade means families will save, on average, $285 immediately and taxpayers will save an extra 4.3 cents per litre at the pump. Understanding that people need relief from high gas prices, the Ontario PCs will also reduce the provincial fuel tax for both gasoline and diesel to nine cents per litre from the current 14.7 cents per litre for gasoline, and 14.3 cents per litre for diesel. When the savings from the reduced provincial fuel tax are combined with the savings from scrapping the cap and trade carbon tax, the people of Ontario will save an extra 10 cents per litre at the pump. For the average person in Ontario who typically drives 20,000km annually,6 you will save $200-$300 per year. Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs recognize that Ontario families and businesses desperately need relief from high hydro costs. That is why an Ontario PC Government will introduce measures to take an additional 12 per cent off your hydro bill. This reduction will apply to Ontario families, small businesses, and farmers, and save you more. In fact, the average household will save $173 per year. The Ontario PCs will also cut income taxes by 20 per cent for the second income tax bracket, putting a maximum of $786 annually back into the pockets of middle class workers. An Ontario PC Government will also help low income Ontarians by ensuring minimum wage earners pay no provincial income tax — saving them as much as $850 per year. An Ontario PC Government will introduce a refundable tax rebate for Ontario parents that will cover all forms of child care up to age 15. This rebate will return up to $6,750 back into the pockets of Ontario parents.

MEET THE REAL NDP: ANTI-SEMITIC CANDIDATE CAUGHT PRAISING HITLER ONLINE

May 25, 2018
Scarborough-Agincourt candidate Tasleem Riaz openly shared pro-Nazi memes while accusing Canadian soldiers of war crimes Yet another NDP candidate has been exposed for holding extreme and hateful views well outside the Canadian mainstream. Today, Ontario PC candidates Gila Martow and Todd Smith shared details on the NDP’s troubling history of courting anti-Semitic candidates, including a Scarborough-area candidate with a history of sharing pro-Nazi memes. “The NDP clearly continues to have a problem with allowing the anti-Semites to fester in the dark corners of their party,” said Smith. “We’ve already shone a light on the 9/11 truthers and militant anti-Israel BDS supporters running for the NDP. But today, however, we have the most serious example of anti-Semitism we have seen in Ontario politics for a long, long time.” Smith and Martow highlighted the documented social media history of Scarborough-Agincourt NDP candidate Tasleem Riaz. Ms. Riaz has previously drawn attention to herself in 2011 through her offensive online commentary accusing the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces of committing war crimes. Even more disturbingly, Ms. Riaz would later follow up her activism by posting and sharing a neo-Nazi meme that shared an ‘inspirational’ quote from Adolf Hitler whom she glowingly referred to as ‘the ruler.’ “You don’t post this kind of thing by accident. You don’t openly push Nazi messages on social media by mistake,” said Ms. Martow. “It goes without saying that keeping Ms. Riaz on a ballot in this election is offensive to every Jewish person in Ontario. Just as it is offensive to every race and nationality who were murdered by Ms. Riaz’s apparent hero. Frankly, it’s offensive to all Ontarians with any sense of human decency.” “When Ontarians pull back the curtain and reveal the real NDP, it is clear that they will not like what they see,” concluded Smith. “Horwath doesn’t get to laugh and shrug this away. If she actually opposes the anti-Semitism festering in her party she will take immediate action against Ms. Riaz today.”

DOUG FORD FORMALLY COMMITS TO REDUCING TAXES FOR ONTARIO FAMILIES

May 24, 2018May 24, 2018
Ontario PC Party complies with Taxpayer Protection Act by sharing lower tax plan with Elections Ontario Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today complied with the Taxpayer Protection Act, 1999 by formally submitting a letter to Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer committing that he will not introduce new taxes or increase existing taxes during his mandate. The Ontario PC Party is releasing Ford’s letter, the full text of which is included below: To: Greg Essensa, Chief Electoral Officer From: Doug Ford, Leader, Ontario PC Party Dear Mr. Essensa, As you are aware, Section 4. (1) of the Taxpayer Protection Act 1999 requires all registered political parties to formally file a written statement that clearly establishes whether they intend to introduce new taxes or raise existing taxes in the event that they form government. In my capacity as leader of the Ontario PC Party, I am proud to inform you that under no circumstances will any government I lead introduce new taxes or increase taxes on the people of Ontario. Instead, I have publicly committed throughout the duration of this election campaign that an Ontario PC Government will reduce taxes on Ontario families and put more money in their pockets through targeted relief that will include: A tax credit for minimum wage earners that guarantees they pay no provincial income tax, saving minimum wage earners up to $850 per year. A refundable tax credit for child care that will return up to 75% of childcare costs back to parents to a maximum of $6,750 per child. A 20% reduction in the second, middle-class tax bracket that will save middle class earners up to $786 per year. The elimination of the ‘cap-and-trade’ carbon tax and accompanying reduction in the provincial fuel excise tax on gasoline and diesel that will save drivers 10 cents per litre at the pump. Reducing business taxes from 11.5% to 10.5% and an accompanying 8.7% education in Ontario’s small business tax rate. I believe the Taxpayer Protection Act, serves a useful purpose in protecting Ontario taxpayers and I look forward to reviewing the letters submitted by my counterparts in Ontario’s other registered political parties should they be willing to share their real tax plans in public. With warm regards, Doug Ford.

INTRODUCING ONTARIANS TO THE REAL NDP

May 23, 2018May 23, 2018
This afternoon, the Ontario PC Party launched meetthendp.ca to help introduce Ontario families to the real NDP. While the NDP may claim they're fighting for Ontario workers, the real NDP is run by radical downtown Toronto special interests. The team, which the NDP hopes will form the next government, includes anti-poppy activists, professional protesters, crusaders against mining jobs, and 9/11 truthers. Andrea Horwath has failed to answer for her candidates’ controversial pasts. When pressed on whether her party’s bench is deep enough to form a cabinet, Andrea Horwath had no answer other than to make a joke about sending potential ministers to cabinet minister boot camp. The people of Ontario need real change - a government that works for the people and respects the taxpayer.

NDP SCOPING OUT CLASSROOMS AT SENECA COLLEGE FOR CABINET TRAINING PROGRAM

May 23, 2018
Radical NDP candidates aren't fit to form a cabinet This morning, Andrea Horwath is at Seneca College where she will be scoping out classrooms for her cabinet training programs. Yesterday, in an editorial board meeting with the Toronto Star, Horwath was pressed by a reporter whether or not she has confidence she will have the bench strength to form a cabinet. Instead of addressing the question and vouching for at least one or two of the members of her team, she laughed it off and said she will have “good training programs for the cabinet.” “Cabinet is not an entry-level job,” said Ontario PC Nepean candidate Lisa MacLeod. “The new government is going to have hit the ground running on day one to get Ontario back on track and undo 15 years of Liberal damage. We don’t have time for cabinet ministers to sit in a classroom.” The NDP team is composed of MPPs who propped Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals up through years of scandals and tax hikes, and radical, extremist first-time candidates. Included within the NDP ranks are anti-poppy activists, professional protesters, crusaders against mining, those who want to shut down nuclear power, and 9/11 truthers. “We’ve seen what an inexperienced and unqualified NDP cabinet has looked like in the past: tax hikes, job losses, and a bankrupted province,” added MacLeod. “After 15 years of Liberal governments, the people of Ontario can’t afford another tax-and-spend government. The people of Ontario need real change - a government that works for the people and respects the taxpayer.” TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: One of the problems that Bob Rae had was he won unexpectedly. Then he found that he had a very thin bench for forming a cabinet. For example, he had a tourism minister who'd never been on an airplane, so you are- HORWATH: I never heard that one before. REPORTER: Yeah, it's true. I was there. Today and lately you've had the other parties digging up things on some of your candidates. I was asking you about that on Sunday in Kingston. How confident are you that you're going to have, should you win, that you will have a thick enough bench to actually form a good cabinet and govern the way you would like to because we all know the pitfalls the Rae Government ran into with inexperienced people in very high positions? HORWATH: Good training programs for the cabinet, good training programs. Yeah, but do you know what? Let me put it this way, I will focus the next couple of weeks on sharing with people the vision that we have, assuring people that we can make the changes that people want to see in the province. If they give us their support, then that's a problem that I'll deal with at that point. I'm certainly not going to jump ahead to that point at this juncture. I think we need to give people the respect of allowing them to make their decision. Then I'll be confident to, at that time, fulfill whatever role they have given to me.

DOUG FORD WILL DELIVER REAL RELIEF FOR THE PEOPLE OF RURAL ONTARIO

May 23, 2018
Will increase Risk Management Program for farmers and expand natural gas, broadband and cellular service in rural communities Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today shared more details of his plan for the people and, in particular, his plan to provide real relief to farmers and families in rural Ontario. “Our Ontario PC Plan is a plan for the people, and when I say ‘the people’ I mean all of the people,” said Ford. “This includes our farmers, and rural families who have been left behind by the Liberals and who will be ignored by the Toronto special interests who run the NDP.” Ford announced that an Ontario PC Government will increase the Risk Management Program (RMP) cap by $50 million annually to help farmers and other producers better manage risks outside of their control. “We’re going to take real action to help farmers,” said Ford. “This means more stability, income security and peace of mind for farmers all of which is long overdue.” Ford also announced that an Ontario PC Government will enable private sector participation in the expansion of natural gas across Ontario. The provincial government would then, in turn, use savings of up to $100 million to partner with providers in order to deliver cellular and broadband expansion across rural and Northern Ontario. “This will means better, more reliable connections, better opportunities to create and grow a business and better options to find a good job,” said Ford. “Ultimately it means letting people in rural Ontario build their careers and raise their families right here at home.” “We are running a campaign for all of the people,” Ford concluded. “It doesn’t matter if you live in a big city or a small town or who you voted for in the past. The days of you being ignored will soon be over. Change is coming and help is on the way.”

DOUG FORD WILL EXEMPT ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION FROM PROPERTY TAX

May 22, 2018May 22, 2018
Respecting veterans is a non-negotiable principle of the Ontario PC Party Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today issued a letter to the Ontario Command of the Royal Canadian Legion committing that an Ontario PC Government will introduce legislation that ensures that all Ontario RCL branches pay no municipal property tax. “As a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Coronation Branch 286, I know first-hand the important role that legion branches play in our communities,” said Ford. “Just as importantly, I recognize the role that the Royal Canadian Legion plays in educating our youth about the contributions our veterans made, and commemorating those who sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms.” Ford committed that an Ontario PC Government will amend the Assessment Act, which governs the property tax system, to specifically exempt all Ontario Royal Canadian Legion branches from paying property tax. “Across Ontario, Legion branches are already contributing so much to their community, and providing so many services that local families hold dear,” said Ford. “Our veterans have paid their fair share and this is the least we can do to recognize their contributions, their leadership and their sacrifice.” Ford’s longstanding engagement with the legion and support of veterans stands in stark contrast to the Ontario NDP. Earlier this week, it was revealed that recruited NDP candidate Laura Kaminker has a long-history of slandering veterans, soldiers and military families. Kaminker refuses to wear what she calls the ‘fake’, ‘prison labour’ poppy on Remembrance Day and accuses the Legion of engaging in ‘War Glorification’ and ‘brainwashing’ activities. To date, Laura Kaminker has refused to apologize for the hurt her comments have caused and instead, is doubling down on her activism against soldiers, veterans, and military families. More troubling still, Andrea Horwath continues to stand by her star candidate – even having Kaminker on her bus just yesterday – despite Kaminker’s offensive views. “Our Ontario PC Party is a big tent, but we are united by shared principles,’ Ford included in his letter, “chief among those shared principles is the importance of respecting and honouring the men and women in uniform who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy today. We will never waver in defending our veterans, and the Legion, from whose who seek to discredit or disparage your sacrifices and contributions to our country.” Backgrounder – Exemption for Legions from Property Tax The Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serve our veterans and promote remembrance of their sacrifices. The remembrance poppy is often used to commemorate the great military personnel who have died in war to protect our country. The RCL has branches throughout the country, and as it proudly states, “The Legion exists so that Canada never forgets.”[1] However, it seems that the NDP has already forgotten about the service and sacrifice provided to us by our veterans. NDP candidate Laura Kaminker previously wrote that commemorating the service of our veterans was a product of “collective brainwashing”, and labelled the symbol of the poppy as “fake” and “another ritual of war glorification” and made through “prison labour’”[2] – offensive and disrespectful comments. Unsurprisingly, these comments were defended by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.[3] Currently, in Ontario, the RCL, even as a not-for-profit, pays property tax, which is determined through an assessment.[4] While Ontario’s Assessment Act provides some exemptions on property taxes for certain organizations, the Ontario Command of the RCL does not qualify for the exemption.[5] Under this Liberal government, Ontario’s Legions are struggling to keep their doors open with mounting expenses that need to be covered, such as the rising cost of utilities.[6] Alberta has passed a province wide-exemption for all Legions. In Ontario, the Township of Clearview and the Township of Whitewater Region have both passed an exemption to their property taxes for the RCL.[7] How We Will Fix It: We can do better. A Doug Ford Ontario PC Government will exempt all Legions in Ontario from paying property taxes. The Ontario PCs will do this by amending Ontario’s Assessment Act to specifically exempt all Ontario Royal Canadian Legion branches from paying property tax. This will allow more money to stay within the RCL’s Ontario branches so they can continue to provide services for thousands of veterans annually, and advocate for the care and benefits for all who served.

DOUG FORD WILL KEEP PICKERING NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION OPEN AND PROTECT JOBS

May 22, 2018
NDP plan to shut down facility will force 4,500 people in Durham and 7,500 people across Ontario out of a job Doug Ford today visited the site of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station and committed that, under an Ontario PC Government, the station will remain open until 2024. “Our position on Pickering is clear,” said Ford. “An Ontario PC Government will keep the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station open until 2024. Because unlike the NDP — I believe in made-in-Ontario electricity and made-in-Ontario jobs.” Ford’s announcement follows recent revelations that the Ontario NDP has quietly committed to a Toronto lobby group to shutter the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station this summer. According to OPG, the facility is responsible for 4,500 jobs across Durham region, and contributes $600 million in savings to Ontario hydro bills. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has further calculated that 7,500 jobs across Ontario depend on the continued operation of the Pickering station. The NDP have signalled that they intend to make up for this lost hydro capacity by buying expensive electricity from Quebec.” “The NDP are abandoning 7,500 jobs and 7,500 families, so Ms. Horwath can curry favour with yet another special interest,” said Ford. “Worst of all, her solution is to replace the electricity generating here by buying expensive electricity from Quebec. Exporting jobs, and importing electricity has become the new NDP plan. The people deserve better.” “Today, I am calling on Andrea Horwath to come on down to Durham, stand in front of the thousands of workers she intends to lay-off and tell them exactly why she wants to kick them out of a job,” Ford concluded. “The curtain has been pulled back on the real NDP and it is time for Ms. Horwath to answer to all of the people who will be hurt by the NDP agenda.”

MEET THE REAL NDP

May 22, 2018
While nobody was paying attention, Andrea Horwath has been recruiting conspiracy theorists, bigots, and extremists as star candidates for her party. Despite Andrea Horwath’s claims to the contrary, the NDP under her leadership remains as beholden to bizarre, radical and extreme special interests as it ever has been, Ontario PC Candidates Lisa MacLeod and Peter Bethlenfalvy announced today. “It’s time to pull back the curtain on the real NDP,” said MacLeod, “because the reality of the NDP is that Andrea Horwath has recruited a number of candidates with radical, hateful and extreme views.” In particular MacLeod and Bethlenfalvy highlighted five star NDP candidates with a documented history of hurtful and hateful rhetoric as well as involvement in a number of extremist causes. “Andrea Horwath was caught with a $7 billion dollar hole in her platform,” said Bethlenfalvy, “yet her response was to shrug it off. She’s just like her candidates — she believes the consequences of her decisions, her words and her actions do not matter. It is time that Ms. Horwath owned up to her candidates behavior, as well as her own.” Backgrounder: Mississauga Centre NDP candidate Laura Kaminker: Refuses to wear a poppy, writing in a 2014 blog post, "I just wear my peace button on my jacket as always, and wait for the collective brainwashing to blow over. When our masters give the signal, everyone can take off the fake poppy - made with prison labour - and create a bit more landfill. And another annual ritual of war glorification comes to a close."[1] Has attacked sports teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Blue Jays who honour our troops at games.[2] A 9/11 conspiracy theorist who strongly believes we should stop memorializing the 3,000 lives lost, including 26 Canadians. In 2010, she wrote "Enough about September 11...for the US. For the world. Enough already,” and in 2011 she wrote "It makes me want to shout: Go away! Go the fuck away! All of you fixating on this one event, the whole world expected to stand in hushed silence because a bad thing happened to Americans."[3] While she does not want to honour the troops who have fought for the freedom and rights we all hold dear, she does want to wage a war on Christmas, writing ““If there were a war on Christmas, I’d think about signing up.”[4] Is a self-described Marxist, who after a conference wrote that it was a “weekend of inspiration, education, and revolution.”[5] Scarborough North NDP candidate Dwayne Morgan: A 9/11 conspiracy theorist who tweeted, “Now if they could do something about Bush’s role in 9/11, people could finally get closure” [6] Ottawa Centre NDP candidate Joel Harden: A supporter and organizer for the radical Leap Manifesto.[7] The Leap Manifesto opposes all resource extraction and the use of all fossil fuels, including the development of Northern Ontario mines, and the use of affordable natural gas for home heating.[8] Supports the radical and extreme Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.[9] Silvana Goldemberg, writing for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, described BDS as “Antisemitism disguised as anti-Zionism.”[10] University-Rosedale candidate Jessica Bell: A professional protester, who co-wrote a handbook on organizing radical protests, and endorses strategies like “occupation,” and “property destruction”[11] and a manual accusing the police of targeted assassinations.[12] As an activist with the Rainforest Action Network, she was part of a group of paid protesters who climbed a crane in Seattle and were arrested for criminal sabotage.[13] Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston candidate Ramsey Hart: A career anti-mining activist who has opposed development of the Ring of Fire.[14] Bragged about the fact that mining companies dislike him.[15] Wants to raise mining taxes as a roundabout way of shutting down mining exploration across the province.[16] Has attacked “the [mining] industry’s dirt and dangerous legacy.[17]

ANDREA HORWATH CONTINUALLY CONTRADICTED BY RADICAL CANDIDATES ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

May 21, 2018May 21, 2018
This afternoon, questioned by reporters about some of the past statements her candidates have made, Andrea Horwath said: “Everybody who is running as a New Democrat, is going to be required to back up the platform we have.” “We expect our candidates during the campaign to stand behind those offers… and we expect our MPPs after June 7th should we be given the honour of governing this province, we would expect our MPPs to continue supporting those policy pieces as well.” This will be news to Joel Harden, the NDP candidate in Ottawa Centre. In an interview with Socialist.ca, Harden has said he will always put his radical personal views ahead of the party. “I was very honest with them and they were clear with me when they vetted my nomination papers. I said, “if I’m asked a question about what I think about BDS for example, I’m not going to pretend that that’s somebody I’m not. I’m going to say, on a personal level I support BDS...That’s my own personal belief, and I’ll say it to anyone who asks. But is the provincial party there? No, they’re not there. But should people who read Socialist Worker see me as somebody they can know as an ally, who won’t change? Yeah. I’m going to be the same person. I say the same thing about the Leap Manifesto. Does the Ontario NDP endorse the Leap Manifesto? No, they don’t. Do I? Yes, I’m an organizer here for it. Will I try to pretend like the party believes in it? No.” - Socialist.ca, September 2, 2017

NDP PROMISE TO SHUT DOWN PICKERING NUCLEAR STATION, KILLING 4,500 JOBS IN DURHAM REGION

May 21, 2018
An NDP government’s first order of business would be to shut down the Pickering Nuclear Station and kill 4,500 good-paying jobs in Durham Region. In a damning response to a questionnaire from the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, the NDP revealed a secret plan to close the Pickering Nuclear Station by August, 2018. The Ontario Clean Air Alliance asked whether or not the NDP believes that the Pickering Nuclear Station should be shut down when its licence expires this August, and the NDP checked yes. The NDP also went on to add that they will consider “alternatives such as conservation and clean imports from Quebec.” According to Ontario Power Generation, the Pickering Nuclear Station employs 4,500 people in the Durham Region with good-paying jobs. Under the NDP’s secret plan these are jobs that would be shipped to Quebec. The Ontario PC Party would keep the Pickering Nuclear Station open until the end of its operating life. It’s becoming clearer every single day that there are two different NDPs. One that claims to stand up for Ontario workers, and one that caters to downtown radical special interests groups. Andrea Horwath’s actions each and every day show which side she stands with.

STATEMENT FROM ONTARIO PC LEADER DOUG FORD ON THE NOMINATION OF SUDEEP VERMA

May 16, 2018May 16, 2018
“I congratulate Sudeep Verma on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Brampton East. Sudeep is a great addition to our diverse and qualified PC team. “I thank Sudeep for his commitment to our Party and the people of this province. He will work day-in-and-day-out for the people of Brampton East. “Sudeep understands the values of hard work, determination, and leadership. He came to this country seeking opportunity and a better life. Sudeep’s life experiences will serve him well as the representative for Brampton East. "After 15 years in power, life is harder under the Wynne Liberals. The people of Brampton East deserve a government they can trust - a government that will respect the taxpayer, end the culture of waste of Queen's Park, and stand up for the little guy. "The Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a more prosperous province. I look forward to working with Sudeep, as we share our message of change with Brampton East and Ontario families, and bring change for the people."

DOUG FORD WILL CUT GAS TAXES BY TEN CENTS PER LITRE

May 16, 2018
Predicts a Liberal/NDP carbon tax agenda that would see prices at the pump soar to $2.00/litre! Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today announced that an Ontario PC Government will cut the price of gas by ten cents per litre. These savings will be achieved by eliminating the Liberal/NDP cap-and-trade scheme, reducing Ontario’s provincial fuel tax, and stopping the Liberal/NDP carbon tax. “These are real savings that will lower the cost of filling-up your car and leave more money in your pocket, while at the same time supporting families and businesses by keeping the costs of goods and services low,” said Ford. “Ours is the only Party that understands that gas is an absolute necessity that not only gets people around, but also fuels our economy.” High gas prices have been shown to have negative impacts on the economy, increasing the cost of transporting everyday items such as food products families buy at the grocery store, as well as increasing costs on other goods and services. Lower income individuals and families tend to be negatively affected the most by rising gas prices as they have less money to spend on other necessities, and often go further into debt as a result. Ford highlighted how Kathleen Wynne’s cap-and-trade scheme, supported by Andrea Horwath’s NDP, is already adding 4.3 cents per litre at the pump. He also highlighted that the cap-and-trade price-tag is projected to grow by an additional 428 per cent which, on its own, will add 23 cents per litre to the price Ontario drivers pay for gas. “For an average driver, that’s an additional $500 a year for gas alone — just to pay for Wynne’s cap-and-trade scheme,” said Ford. “If you need to drive a car to get to work, to school, or to pick up your kids from daycare, the Liberals and the NDP will have their hands in your pocket every time you fill up your car.” Ford highlighted that the Liberals and NDP are following the example of British Columbia, which was the first jurisdiction in Canada to impose a carbon tax, and where gas prices have already soared to $1.61 per litre – the highest price ever paid by drivers anywhere in North America. “Make no mistake, one of the biggest things the Liberals and NDP agree on is imposing new tax-grabbing schemes on Ontario families and businesses,” said Ford. “The Ontario PC Party is the only Party who can stop the Liberals and NDPs plans to soar gas prices to $2.00 per litre,” concluded Ford.

AN NDP GOVERNMENT WOULD DEVASTATE ONTARIO’S ECONOMY AND COST TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS – WE’VE SEEN IT BEFORE

May 16, 2018
Ontario voters are looking for change after 15 years of Liberal governments gouging the taxpayer. Rightfully so, Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals have driven our province - once the economic engine of Canada - into have-not status. Job-killing Liberal policies cost our province more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs, and the Liberals have more than doubled our debt. When Ontario voters look to hit the reset button, they need to think about what kind of change they’re going to get. Compared to the Liberals, the NDP are going to be ten times worse. Let’s take a look at what Bob Rae and the NDP were able to accomplish in just 5 short years. Ontario lost 125,000 full-time jobs: October 1990: 4257.8 July 1995: 4133.1 4133.1 - 4257.8 = -124.7 Source: Statscan Ontario’s unemployment rate increased by 28 per cent: October 1990: 7.2% July 1995: 9.2% =(9.2-7.2)/7.2 = 0.277 Source: Statscan Ontario had the highest personal taxes in North America: “When Mr. Rae finished, Ontario had the highest marginal personal income tax rate(for incomes of $67,000 and higher) in North America.” (Globe and Mail, September 13, 2006) “By the time he left office (after one term), unhappy middle-class Ontarians were paying the highest personal tax rates in North America.” (Edmonton Sun, October 29, 2006) 1.2 million Ontarians were on welfare: “Rae also finished third in Ontario because Ontario Liberals remember when he was the NDP premier of their province from 1990-95, racking up record deficits, more than doubling the provincial debt in five years, with 1.2 million on welfare and 100,000 jobs leaving the Canadian industrial heartland.” (Montreal Gazette, November 1, 2006) “Under Rae, Ontario - which saw welfare rolls explode to the highest per capita in Canada - personal income taxes were hiked by seven percentage points, giving Ontario the highest marginal personal income tax rate in North America.” (Windsor Star, November 4, 2006)

DOUG FORD WON’T TAKE RENT CONTROL AWAY FROM ANYONE

May 15, 2018May 15, 2018
Today Adam Vaughan will launch his provincial Liberal Leadership campaign by attacking Doug Ford. He thinks he is exposing a shocking revelation. However, a Doug Ford government will maintain the status quo in terms of rent control. “I have criss-crossed the province, and from one corner to the other, the people of Ontario have told me they are struggling. I have listened to the people, and I won’t take rent control away from anyone. Period.” said Ford. “When it comes to rent control, we’re going to maintain the status quo.” “Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals are untrustworthy. They will do, say, and promise anything to cling to power. The people of Ontario are looking for real change, and Andrea Horwath and the NDP are going to continue with the same billion dollar deficits, tax hikes, and unaffordable policies that have hurt families and businesses for the last 15 years.” Quote from Adam Vaughan: “As a proud Torontonian, I think the rest of the country can go to hell sometimes . . . I’m sick and tired of hearing their whining.” - October, 2007 Quote from Arthur Potts on rent control: “The rent controls that were brought in by the previous NDP government under Bob Rae decimated the affordable housing market in Toronto and other communities in Ontario because it didn’t allow the private sector to continue to build. They wouldn’t; the returns weren’t there. And they weren’t able to keep upkeep. So the housing stock went into a dismal state of repair, which is why it had to be reversed, as it was. Rent controls continue on the previous suites and don’t exist now. I would resist, tremendously, any amendment to this legislation which would bring back rent control.” - Ontario Hansard, October 6, 2016

LIBERAL NEPEAN CANDIDATE ATTACKS MANUFACTURING JOBS

May 15, 2018
Last night during the Rogers Nepean debate, Liberal candidate Lovina Srivastava attacked Ontario’s manufacturing workers: "I do not know what everyone’s harping on manufacturing jobs. Well the industry has changed. If you look globally, there are…in the world, in the whole world, there are more service jobs then there are manufacturing jobs proportion wise from what used to be 20 years ago. If you want to live 20 years ago, well that’s fine. And actually that’s exactly what you’re trying to do – not 20, not 40, not 60, but 80 years ago…you want to take us 80 years back by that comment of yours." (Rogers TV, May 14, 2018) https://twitter.com/PCPressOffice/status/996397553536110592 “I can understand why the Liberals don’t want to talk about the over 300,000 manufacturing jobs lost under their watch. But it’s truly shocking that one of Kathleen Wynne’s candidates would denigrate well-paying manufacturing jobs, suggesting they are an antiquated sector of the 1930s,” said Lisa MacLeod. “The exact opposite is true, with a return of manufacturing jobs representing an opportunity for high-skilled, high-tech employment in our province.” “Our competitors to the south have seen a recent resurgence in high-paying manufacturing jobs, and the Wynne Liberals are apparently content to see the hollowing out of Ontario continue. Only Doug Ford is committed to bringing manufacturing jobs back to our great province, ” concluded MacLeod.

DOUG FORD WILL BRING JOBS BACK TO ONTARIO

May 13, 2018May 13, 2018
An Ontario PC Government will bring good jobs back to Ontario and make the province “Open for Business”, Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford announced today. “Under Kathleen Wynne, good jobs aren’t being created, at least not in Ontario,” said Ford. “Today, Buffalo and Niagara are bragging about all the jobs they’re taking from us, because of Kathleen Wynne’s high hydro rates, high taxes, and red tape.” Ford announced that an Ontario PC Government will take meaningful action to stop the bleeding of jobs across the border and bring quality jobs back home. “We’re going to put up a big sign on the border that says ‘Ontario is open for Business'” said Ford. “Instead of picking winners and losers, we are going to lower business taxes for everyone. We are going to stabilize business hydro costs for everyone. We are going to cut red tape for everyone.” Ford contrasted his approach with that of the current government which is ignoring the problem. “There’s an alarm going off in this province,” said Ford. “Every few days we hear it: a factory is closing, a car parts plant is being built in Michigan instead of here, a greenhouse is going to Ohio, where hydro costs are half as much as in Ontario. I hear this alarm loud and clear. But Kathleen Wynne keeps hitting snooze.” Ford highlighted how the Kathleen Wynne Liberal Government has failed Ontario workers during their long 15 years in power. Ford also pointed out that the NDP’s demands for more and more red tape would drive even more jobs out of the province. “Do you want to know the difference between the Liberals and the NDP,” Ford asked. “With the Liberals, your neighbour loses their job. With the NDP, you lose yours.” Ford concluded, “we are going to bring those good jobs back home.”

LIBERAL’S LEGACY THE “DESTRUCTION” OF RURAL ONTARIO: WYNNE’S BAY OF QUINTE CANDIDATE

May 12, 2018May 12, 2018
This evening, Kathleen Wynne will be in Hastings, where her candidate in the riding next door once said her legacy will be the “destruction” of rural Ontario, and “the waste of literally billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money.” Robert Quaiff, the Liberal candidate in Bay of Quinte, also serves as the Mayor of Prince Edward County. In August, 2015, Quaiff wrote a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, and then Environment Minister, opposing the Green Energy Act and the wpd White Pines Wind Incorporated industrial turbine project. Quotes from the letter: “It is becoming apparent that the legacy of this term of government will be the destruction of and discrimination against rural Ontario, and the waste of literally billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money, both occasioned by the Green Energy Act and the complete lack of cost analysis and informed technical advice which should have preceded its introduction.” “The undemocratic Green Energy Act…” “...am calling on you to impose a moratorium on all new wind factories, including that of wpd White Pines, until the Green Energy Act is revisited, democracy is restored, and municipalities are again permitted to decide for themselves whether or not to host these devastating projects…”

DOUG FORD WILL INVEST IN DENTAL CARE FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS

May 11, 2018May 11, 2018
An Ontario PC government will support Ontario seniors by implementing a comprehensive dental care program that provides low income seniors with the quality care they deserve, Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford announced today. “Many Ontarians have dental insurance but two-thirds of low income seniors do not and cannot afford it,” said Ford. “Under a PC government, low income seniors will receive the high quality dental care they deserve — and it’s all on us. Because, in Ontario, we take care of those in need.” Ford highlighted that an Ontario PC Government will take action to ensure Ontario seniors can live with dignity, pay their bills, and receive the quality health care they need when they need it. “We’re going to reduce hydro bills by 12% to help Ontario seniors make ends meet,” said Ford, “we will also create 30,000 new long-term care beds that will put an end to hallway health care and give people the care they need in the most appropriate and dignified setting.” Ford highlighted how the Kathleen Wynne Liberal Government has failed Ontario seniors during their long 15 years in power. Ford also pointed out the NDP’s history of propping up Kathleen Wynne’s government while copying Wynne’s tax-more, spend-more, and waste-more approach. “While we should never forget that the Liberals created this problem, we should also remember that the NDP helped them do it,” said Ford, “today the NDP continues to watch, learn and copy from Kathleen Wynne’s tax and spend approach to government.” “Our seniors built this province. They took care of us. And it is time we repaid them for all they sacrifice, by doing more to take care of them,” Ford concluded. “If you are a senior or family member worried about the future, we will be there for you. Change is coming and help is on the way.”

ANDREA HORWATH HIDING REAL NDP AGENDA TO DESTROY JOBS IN THE NORTH

May 11, 2018
Star NDP candidate is a long-time radical who devoted his career to destroying Ontario’s mining industry 
 This morning, before the Northern Ontario debate, Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford exposed that, for all of her talk of supporting Northern Ontario, Andrea Horwath is actually recruiting star candidates who want to destroy Northern jobs.
 “Now we know Andrea will claim that she will fight for the North today. But after she is done in the North she will head back to Toronto and huddle with a group of radical special interests who would like nothing more to than to destroy Northern Ontario’s resource sector,” said Ford. “In fact, the NDP is even recruiting these radical special interests as their star candidates.”
Ford drew attention, in particular, to the NDP candidate in Lanark-Frontenac and Kingston. Before signing on to Andrea Horwath’s NDP, Ramsey Hart was a professional anti-mining activist who spent years attacking Northern Ontario development at a radical special interest group called ‘MiningWatch'.
 “Ramsey Hart did not just make one or two negative comments about the mining industry. He dedicated his entire career to attacking the mining industry — shutting down mines, and forcing miners out of a job,” added Ford. “It is his personal crusade.”
 In Hart’s previous career he dedicated his time to shutting down development of the ring of fire, and raising mining taxes in order to force mine workers into unemployment.
 “Once upon a time the NDP would be the first people to fight for mine workers, mill workers and factory workers,” said Ford. “But today’s NDP is working for people like Ramsey Hart. I want you to imagine Ramsey Hart in cabinet as the NDP Minister of Natural Resources. Because Andrea Horwath sure can.”
 Ford highlighted the growing rift in the NDP between its traditional role as a protector of workers, and its new identity as a home for radical activists who oppose all forms of economic development, including developing the North’s resources.
 “It is clear there are two different NDPs,” Ford concluded, “Andrea Horwath is trying to hide this from Northern Ontario, but now she’s been caught. I am calling on Andrea Horwath to have the courage to stand and defend her star candidate’s remarks during the debate.  And, if she won’t defend him — she should drop him as a candidate.”
NDP STAR CANDIDATE, RAMSEY HART:
 “...the [mining] industry’s dirty and dangerous legacy…” - The Dominion, October 21, 2008
  • “That’s a pretty important sign that the economics of the Ring of Fire are questionable.” - CBC, May 29, 2014

  • Though he doesn’t take it personally, most mining companies would rather that Ramsey Hart simply did not exist. “That’s true in most, if not all cases,” admits the Environment and Resource Studies alumnus (’97). - University of Waterloo, Faculty of Environment

  • “Living next to a mine can really be the pits.” - Mining Watch blog, November 2, 2012

  • Authored an article called: Next Ontario budget should hike mining royalty rates. - Toronto Star, April 22, 2013

  • “If mining the Ring of Fire is truly in the public's interest – and that is a big if - why not take the time to do it right?”  - Desmog Canada, August 28, 2013
  • “In our view, the political emphasis on the project [the Ring of Fire] is premature and out of sync with current economic realities.”  - Republic of Mining, June 5, 2014
  • “We question whether the Ring of Fire can be mined without being a massive financial burden on Ontario taxpayers, or without trashing the province's most pristine watershed.” - Desmog Canada, August 28, 2013
  • "Recycling and reducing our consumption of 'stuff ' is the only alternative to mining new minerals, be it chromite or other metals." - Sudbury Star, August 13, 2012

DOUG FORD WILL CUT MIDDLE CLASS TAXES

May 10, 2018May 10, 2018
Cutting second tax bracket by 20% will put more money in pockets of middle class families
Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today announced that an Ontario PC Government will put more money in the pockets of middle class families by cutting the second provincial income tax bracket by 20%.
 “Our plan takes more out of the hands of government and out of the pockets of connected insiders and elites,” said Ford. “Because we understand that this money belongs to you, and is best spent by you.”
An Ontario PC Government will deliver a targeted tax cut to Ontario’s second tax bracket, with the biggest relative savings realized by those earning $42,960 to $85,923 per year.
 “Our plan will save taxpayers as much as $786 per year,” said Ford, “this is just one more way an Ontario PC Government will put more money back in your pocket.”
 Ford’s announcement was the latest in a series of measures that will put more money in the pockets of Ontario families. They include:
  • Reducing Hydro Bills by 12%, saving the average family $173 per year.
  • Introducing a minimum wage tax credit that ensures minimum wage earners pay no provincial income tax, saving low-income earners as much as $850 per year.
  • Introducing a child care rebate that respects parents to make their own child care decisions, with rebate of up to 75% on child care expenses, saving parents up to $6750 per child.
  • Eliminating Kathleen Wynne’s ‘cap-and-trade’, saving drivers over four cents per litre at the pump.“The other parties want to tax more, spend more and force you to pay more,” said Ford. “We are the only party who understands how hard you work and how much you pay.”
“For all the people out there who are struggling to get by because of Kathleen Wynne’s higher hydro bills, higher taxes and higher fees, I have a clear message for you,” Ford concluded. “Change is coming and help is on the way.”

KATHLEEN WYNNE’S LONG-TERM CARE CRISIS

May 9, 2018May 9, 2018
Wynne to visit a long-term care home with a 34 year wait list This morning, Kathleen Wynne is visiting the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care. According to the Ministry of Health’s own numbers, the Yee Hong Centre has a 34 year wait list for patients desperately in need of care. As of November 30, 2017 there were 1239 people on the waitlist at Yee Hong, with an average of 3 beds being made available each month. For the last 15 years, Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals have failed to invest in long-term care. That waitlist for care has grown by 8,000 since 2015, and as of June, the waitlist will reach 32,000 individuals. This has driven patients to hospitals where seniors are receiving care in hallways and broom closets. Ending hallway health care and reducing wait times is one of the five priorities outlined in Doug Ford's plan for the people. Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs have promised to build 15,000 new long-term care beds over the next five years, and 30,000 new long-term care beds over the next 10 years.  

FORD WINS FIRST LEADERS’ DEBATE

May 7, 2018May 7, 2018
Shares positive vision for change in the face of increasingly desperate Liberal attacks Doug Ford emerged as the victor of tonight’s CityTV Leaders' debate, after successfully confronting Kathleen Wynne on her record of scandals and mismanagement. Despite competing in his first ever leaders' debate against two experienced political debaters, Ford was still successful in fending off a series of increasingly desperate personal attacks from Kathleen Wynne. Ford also successfully challenged Kathleen Wynne to answer for losing her way and abandoning her principles in favour of special interests and elites, including the CEO Hydro One who today is making $6 million per year on the backs of hydro rate payers. Ford used the opportunity to speak directly to the people of Ontario and, through his debate performance, shared the priorities on which an Ontario PC government will focus: • Putting More Money in Your Pocket, • Cleaning up the Hydro Mess, • Creating Good Jobs, • Restoring Responsibility, Accountability and Trust, and • Cutting Hospital Wait Times “Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horwath have been debating for a long time. You have to be on your toes against such well connected insiders,” said Ford, “for my part, I enjoyed the experience as I always enjoy talking to the people and I look forward to continuing to speak to voters at our upcoming debates and sharing my message that change is coming and help is on the way.”

10 THINGS KATHLEEN WYNNE WOULD LIKE YOU TO FORGET

May 7, 2018
As much as Kathleen Wynne desperately tries to change the channel, this election campaign she is going to have to defend a 15 year Liberal record of scandal, waste, and mismanagement. Here are 10 things Kathleen Wynne is crossing her fingers that the people of Ontario will forget during tonight's debate. She shouldn’t hold her breath: 1. Skyrocketing hydro rates: Compared to 2003, the average Ontario family now pays more than $1,000 more on their hydro bills each year. Ontario is now home to the highest electricity rates in the entire country. While families across the province are being forced to choose between heating and eating, Liberal insiders have gotten rich at their expense. 2. Cancelled gas plants: The Liberals cancelled two gas plants to save a few seats during an election year. This cost Ontario taxpayers a whopping $1.1 billion, and a senior Liberal operative was recently sentenced to four months in jail for deleting e-mails surrounding the decision. Kathleen Wynne was the co-chair of the 2011 Liberal election campaign when the decision was made, and she personally signed an important cabinet document during the gas plants scandal. One of Kathleen Wynne’s first decisions after the 2014 election was to cancel a committee that was searching for answers surrounding the cancellation. 3. The fire sale of Hydro One: As a result of Kathleen Wynne’s Hydro One fire sale, Ontario taxpayers now help to foot the bill for the six-million dollar man and golden parachute severance packages. 4. Cuts to front-line health care: Liberal cuts have created a hallway health care crisis in Ontario. We now have the longest wait times in Ontario’s history. The Liberals have fired more than 1,600 nurses. The Liberals cut physiotherapy services for seniors. The Liberals froze hospital budgets. The Liberals have slashed physician services, and cut medical residency positions. 5. School closures: Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals have closed more than 600 schools - more than any other government in our province’s history. 6. Broken election promises: Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals promised balanced budgets for years to come, but in 2018, Kathleen Wynne plunged Ontario into a $6.7 billion deficit. The Auditor General and the Financial Accountability Officer have said that the deficit is actually closer to $12 billion. Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals promised to lower auto insurance rates by 15 per cent, and then later called this a “stretch goal.” The Liberals promised to develop the Ring of Fire, but their most recent budget and throne speech made no mention of the project. 7. Doubling the debt: Over the last 15 years, Ontario’s debt has more than tripled to help pay for Liberal scandals and waste. Ontario taxpayers now pay $1 billion a month on interest payments which crowds out all of the services families depend on like health care and education. 8. Higher taxes and fees: Creating the cap-and-trade carbon tax and health tax. Hiking the aviation fuel tax, beer and wine taxes, and sin taxes. New taxes on small businesses and middle-class families buried deep in the 2018 budget. Hiking the cost of getting a driver license, fishing and hunting license, camping license, liquor license, event permit, and court application. The list goes on and on. 9. Liberal waste: $8 billion on eHeatlh. $2 billion on Smart Meters. $6.2 million salary for the CEO of Hydro One. $304 million over budget on Pan Am Games. $400 million on Presto card cost overruns. $53,948 on Canada Goose jackets. 10. Lining the pockets of Liberal insiders: Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals gave $163 million to their largest corporate donor. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals spent $11.7 million from a low-income hydro relief program on consultants and advertisements. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals created a new home care agency benefitting a union running Liberal-friendly attack ads. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals gave consultants $6.5 million for the sale of an agency which sold for only $6 million. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals sold off Hydro One and then held a $7,500 per plate fundraiser with banks that ran the privatization.

KATHLEEN WYNNE ADDS NEW MEMBERS TO HER MILLIONAIRE’S CLUB, ON THE BACKS OF HYDRO RATEPAYERS

May 4, 2018May 4, 2018
Ontario residents foot bill for $50 USD Million Hydro One payout of US coal executives This morning, the Ontario PCs revealed that buried deep in a US securities filing is evidence that Hydro One signed a secret “golden parachute” deal to pay American coal executives $50 million. News of these “golden parachutes” come at the same time as Hydro One is mailing out disconnection notices to families and seniors across the province, and Kathleen Wynne has stood back and allowed it to happen. After Kathleen Wynne sold off Hydro One in a fire sale, Hydro One spent billions of dollars purchasing Avista. The purchase of this foreign company came at the same time that Hydro One was applying for a $141 per year rate hike that would have hit Ontario families. The purchase of Avista was praised as being a good deal for the people of Northwestern United States, with Avista CEO saying “we can spread out our costs over a larger customer base.” A spokeswoman for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission even said Avista customers could see a credit on their bill. Not only that, but after the purchase of Avista, Ontario is officially back in the business of burning dirty coal. Avista runs the largest coal mine west of the Mississippi River, and Kathleen Wynne was right there defending the purchase. How will Kathleen Wynne defend these $50 million “golden parachutes” to the families across Ontario who are having their power cut off and who are being forced to choose between heating and eating?

HYDRO ONE SIGNS DEAL TO MAKE $50 MILLION PAYOUT TO U.S. ENERGY EXECUTIVES

May 4, 2018
Kathleen Wynne once again missing in action as latest hydro rip-off occurs Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today revealed the latest twist in Kathleen Wynne’s ongoing Hydro scandal. Buried in a series of US securities filings is evidence that the executives and board at Hydro One could be making $50 million worth of payouts to US energy executives. “We’ve already learned that Kathleen Wynne allowed a network of connected hydro executives to pay themselves millions of dollars from your hydro bills, including the $6 million being paid to the Hydro One CEO,” said Ford. “Now we have learned that the $6 million dollar man — having helped himself to your money — has decided to spread even more of it around to his American friends.” The US securities filings uncovered by the Ontario PC Party reveals that the Hydro One management and board have authorized more than $36 million in payouts to the top five managers of US energy company Avista as part of Hydro One’s attempt to acquire the company. An additional $14 million in payouts were authorized to another eight Avista executives as part of an arrangement that is explicitly referred to as a ‘Golden Parachute’. “The worst part of this scandal is that Hydro One has no problem mailing out disconnection notices that threaten seniors and families who struggle pay the bills while, at the same time, paying out millions of dollars to executives and insiders,” said Ford. “And once again, Kathleen Wynne is nowhere to be seen. She could have stood up; she could have spoken out; she could have acted — but instead she chose to do nothing while this latest Hydro One rip-off took place.” “Mark my words, we are going to clean up this hydro mess,” Ford concluded. “If you elect an Ontario PC Government on June 7, we are going to fire the $6 million dollar man and his cronies. And we are going bring your hydro bills down.” Backgrounder – “Golden Parachute” Compensation In July 2017, Hydro One Ltd. signed a deal to acquire U.S. energy company Avista Corp. for C$6.7 billion in an all-cash deal that would create one of the largest regulated utilities in North America. As part of the deal, Avista must file information with the US Securities Exchange Commission. The filing lays out what is expressly called “golden parachute” compensation for executives as part of the acquisition of Avista by Hydro One. The document shows the total compensation that executives at Avista could be eligible for in connection with or following the consummation of the merger: (https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/104918/000119312517301020/d430599ddefm14a.htm, Page 63). Under these circumstances, the five top executives are eligible for $14,539,078 in severance and $36,134,745 in total compensation as “golden parachute compensation”. An additional eight executives at Avista are eligible for $7,445,351 in severance and $14,381,001 in total “golden parachute compensation” as a part of the deal. The total severance for Avista executives will be $21,984,429 and the total golden parachute compensation for Avista executives will be $50,515,746.

STATEMENT FROM ONTARIO PC LEADER DOUG FORD ON POLISH CONSTITUTION DAY

May 3, 2018May 3, 2018
“As Leader of the Ontario PC Party, we come together with the Polish community in commemorating the 227th Anniversary of Polish Constitution Day. “Marking a day of celebration and reflection, Polish Constitution Day honours the establishment of the Polish Constitution on May 3, 1791, and stands as one of Poland’s most important achievements. “The legislation under the Constitution of 1791 fought for political equality between townspeople and nobility; one of the oldest democratic constitution's of its type, and represents a triumph in the struggle for freedom and democracy. “I encourage all Ontarians to take the time to learn more about the story of our Polish friends. With a population in Ontario of over 500,000; and roots in Ontario dating back over 150 years, the Polish community has played an important role in contributing to the social, economic and cultural composition of our province. “The Ontario PC Party shares many of the same beliefs and values as the Polish community, embracing hard work, family, and a respect for cultural heritage and traditions. “The Ontario PC Party will continue to embrace the fight for democracy and rule of law. I extend my best wishes to everyone celebrating Polish Constitution Day.”

KATHLEEN WYNNE CAN’T BE TRUSTED TO DELIVER FOR NORTHERN ONTARIO

May 3, 2018
Wynne only goes to the North during election years Life is harder in Northern Ontario. While Northern families, businesses, and municipalities are struggling to get ahead, Liberal insiders in downtown Toronto boardrooms have gotten rich at their expense. The Wynne Liberals have even referred to Northern Ontario as a “no man’s land.” This afternoon, with the election just over a month away, Kathleen Wynne will finally be showing her face in Northern Ontario again. She will be addressing the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association where she will brush off a 15 year record of the Liberals ignoring the needs of Northerners. But, Northerners won’t be tricked by the Liberals again. Voters know this Liberal Government can’t be trusted. Here are a few highlights from the Wynne Liberals’ disastrous record on Northern Ontario: Cancelling the Northlander passenger train. A decade of inaction on the Ring of Fire, including no mention of the project in the most recent Throne Speech or budget. In the early 2000’s, Ontario was the most competitive mining jurisdiction in the world, but under Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals, our province has slipped as low as 23rd. $70 million in cuts to the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines in the 2017 budget. Cuts at the Atikokan General Hospital, Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre, Lake-of-the-Woods Hospital, Temiskaming Hospital, North Bay Regional Health Centre, Sault Area Hospital, Health Sciences North, Sudbury and District Health Unit, North Bay Regional Health Centre’s Sudbury satellite mental health centre, St. Joseph’s Care Group’s site in Thunder Bay, and the Timmins and District Hospital. Eight out of ten forestry mills in Ontario have closed. A Wynne Liberal Thunder Bay MPP and cabinet minister referred to Northern representation on a board that deals with OMB issues as neither “good, bad, or indifferent,” and said that OMB issues only affect “Toronto and larger municipalities in southern Ontario.” The Far North Act has shut off half of Northern Ontario to exploration. High electricity prices forced Xstrata to shut down their smelter in Timmins and move to Quebec. The Ontario government paid $6.5 Million to consultants over the sale of Ontera, and ended up selling the crown agency for only $6 Million. In total, they sold the company for a loss of $61 million Hiking the aviation fuel tax by 148 per cent. This hits remote Northern communities dependent on air for the transportation of goods the hardest.

DOUG FORD HAS A PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE OF NORTHERN ONTARIO.

May 2, 2018May 2, 2018
Affordable PC Plan will Respect and Empower Northern Municipalities, Families and Businesses Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford today addressed the annual meeting of the Northwestern Ontario Municipalities Association (NOMA) during which he shared how his Plan for the People of Ontario will deliver real respect, real change and real hope for the people of Northern Ontario. “I know that Northern municipalities, families and businesses feel like they are being taken for granted,” said Ford. “Things are getting more expensive, life is getting harder and harder and it’s getting tougher to get by. People are looking for change — but they are not just looking for any change — they are also looking for help and they are looking for hope. My message to them is that help is on the way.” Ford shared additional details from his plan that will make life more affordable for Northern Ontario families while ensuring that Northern communities are treated with respect. These commitments include: Developing Northern Resources, including the Ring of Fire. Moving forward with resource revenue sharing from mining, forestry and aggregates to help Northern towns and Indigenous communities share in resource development Ensuring hunting and fishing revenues go toward their stated purpose of conservation Cutting the aviation fuel tax for the North to reduce the cost of living in the North and, Bringing back passenger rail service to the North “Unlike Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals, our plan is both reasonable and responsible,” said Ford. “And most importantly, our plan is honest. We’re going to respect you and we’re going to work with you. On June 8th, I look forward to joining a team of dedicated and talented Northern Ontario MPPs to deliver the kind of change that the people of Northern Ontario deserve.”

WYNNE LIBERALS STAND WITH MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB AT HYDRO ONE

May 1, 2018May 1, 2018
Liberals vote against Ontario PC motion calling for Hydro One board to resign This afternoon, the Wynne Liberals voted against a motion at Queen’s Park that would have called on the board of Hydro One to resign. The motion also would have reversed recent changes to Hydro One’s severance packages which helped to line the pockets of executives. “While families across Ontario are struggling to keep their heads above water - being forced to choose between heating and eating - Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals have allowed millionaire hydro executives to get rich at their expense,” said Ontario PC Energy Critic Todd Smith. “Yesterday, the Wynne Liberals offered nothing but a very weak response when it comes to executive compensation. This only came after her secret millionaires’ club was exposed a month before the election,” added Smith. “If Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals truly cared about the taxpayer, if they truly had any respect for the families across the province who are struggling, they would fire the board.” “With today’s vote it’s clear Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals stood with their millionaire insider friends and not the people of Ontario.” Text of the Motion: Mr. Fedeli — Whereas, the Hydro One CEO is the highest paid hydro executive in Canada; Whereas, the Hydro One CEO is paid more than ten times the salary of the head of Hydro Quebec; Whereas, his compensation is over 6 million dollars a year; and Whereas, the Hydro One board instituted a 10 million dollar severance clause to tie the hands of future governments; Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the government to reverse the changes to the Hydro One CEO’s severance and call for the resignation of the entire Hydro One board of directors. Addressed to the Premier.

STATEMENT FROM ONTARIO PC LEADER DOUG FORD ON GOOD FRIDAY

March 30, 2018March 30, 2018
“Today Christians all across the world will gather to commemorate Good Friday. It is a Christian observance during the Holy Week and part of the Paschal Triduum. "It marks a day of solemnity and commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I encourage all to take a moment to reflect on the personal sacrifice and compassion that the occasion honours. “Good Friday represents the passion of Christ; and how Jesus suffered and sacrificed so that mankind could be saved and find peace. “On behalf of the Ontario PC Caucus and our candidates across the province, I wish all Christians and their families a peaceful Good Friday.”

STATEMENT FROM ONTARIO PC LEADER DOUG FORD ON PASSOVER

March 30, 2018
“At sundown today, the Jewish community in Ontario, and around the world, will gather to celebrate the eight-day observance of Passover. It is one of the most sacred Jewish observances, and commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. “During this time, Jewish friends and families will gather to share symbolic rituals and festivities. Some of the most significant of rituals include gathering around the Seder table, and refraining from eating leavened grain. This is symbolic of the haste escape from Egypt; a time where the Jews did not have enough time to wait for bread to rise, so instead, they ate matzah, or unleavened bread. “Passover serves as a time to celebrate; and is seen as a metaphor on the struggle for liberation, regardless of faith. It also serves as a time to reflect upon family, tradition, faith, the fight for basic rights, and the fight for basic freedoms. “Ontario has the largest Jewish community in Canada, and we are fortunate to have this opportunity to reflect on the many significant contributions brought upon us by all Jewish Canadians. “On behalf of the Ontario PC Caucus and our candidates across the province; I wish all those celebrating, a peaceful and joyous Passover. “Chag Pesach Kasher v’Sameach”

WYNNE LIBERALS RAISING TAXES BY $2 BILLION

March 29, 2018March 29, 2018
Buried deep in Kathleen Wynne’s budget, on page 294, were $2 billion in tax hikes for Ontario families and businesses. 1.8 million Ontarians will pay $200 more in personal income taxes each year, or $855 million in new taxes over three years. 20,000 Ontario businesses will pay $2,400 more per year, or $100 million in new taxes over three years. The Liberals are copying and pasting Justin Trudeau’s unpopular small business taxes, which will increase taxes on businesses by more than $1 billion over three years. “The Wynne Liberals are on a re-election spending spree, and the only way they will be able to pay for it is by taking more money out of Ontario families’ pockets,” said Ontario PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli. “If the Premier is willing to raise taxes by $2 billion just weeks before an election, just imagine what she will do if she’s re-elected.” “Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals can’t be trusted. They will do, say, or promise anything to cling to power,” added Fedeli. “It’s time for a change in Ontario. The Ontario PC Party will respect the taxpayer, and bring relief to Ontario families and businesses.”

STATEMENT FROM THE ONTARIO PCS ON THE WYNNE LIBERAL BUDGET

March 28, 2018March 28, 2018
“Today, Kathleen Wynne continued the re-election spending spree with your money. The Liberals think your vote is for sale, and this budget proves it. Kathleen Wynne is writing a lot of cheques. She is making big promises with your tax dollars. I’ve looked at the finances, and her cheques are going to bounce. You and your families will be stuck with the bill for Wynne’s election promises. It has already started. Today’s budget includes massive tax increases that will hit 1.8 million hard-working Ontarians and their families, as well as tens of thousands of businesses. Shockingly, this budget includes $2 billion in new tax increases over the next three years. That’s what Kathleen Wynne is saying in an election year, just imagine what she will do if she is re-elected. The only good news in this budget for the people of Ontario is that this will be Kathleen Wynne’s last budget. The party with the taxpayer’s money is over; and for Ontario families, help is on the way.” Statement from Ontario PC Parliamentary Leader Vic Fedeli on the Wynne Liberal Budget: “Life has become harder in Ontario under Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals. There is an affordability crisis in Ontario. Hydro rates have skyrocketed, taxes and fees have ballooned, and our provincial debt is the highest of any province or state in the world – compromising the services we all depend on. The Liberals have had 15 years to take health care, education, and child care seriously, and it’s only now in an election year that they’re throwing money at problems they helped to create. Kathleen Wynne will promise the world if it means continuing to cling to power, but the people of Ontario know that they can’t be counted on to keep their word. They broke their promise to run a balanced budget, and are plunging Ontario into a massive $6.7 billion deficit, with no plan to return to balance for years to come. If the Liberals were to win the next election, everything included in this budget will be added to an already exhaustive list of broken promises. It’s time for a change in Ontario. It’s time for an Ontario PC government that respects the taxpayer and puts the people first – not the insiders.”

LIBERALS BROKEN BUDGET PROMISES: THE GREATEST HITS

March 27, 2018March 27, 2018
Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals will do, say, or promise anything to cling to power. But, their record shows they can’t be trusted to keep their word. Here are a few of their biggest broken budget promises: Balanced budgets until 2019-2020 (2017 Budget): The Liberals have been promising balanced budgets for years, but at the drop of a hat, Charles Sousa announced plans to run a deficit of “less than 1 per cent of GDP,” or as much as $8 billion. Reducing Auto Insurance Rates by 15 Per Cent on Average (2013 Budget): Kathleen Wynne later said this was nothing but a “stretch goal,” designed to get the NDP support for the budget. $1 Billion for the Ring of Fire (2014 Budget, 2015 Budget, 2016 Budget): The Wynne Liberals continued to re-announce $1 billion in funding for the Ring of Fire, but have failed to take any action on this once in a generation economic opportunity. The Liberals’ most recent Throne Speech and Budget made no mention of this important project. The Hydro One Fire Sale (2015 Budget): The Liberals made no mention of their plans to sell off Hydro One during the election campaign, but as soon as they won they flip-flopped their support for public ownership. Everything that’s promised in tomorrow’s budget will end up in an already long list of broken promises.

IF KATHLEEN WYNNE AND THE LIBERALS ARE HIDING THE BOOKS FROM THE AUDITOR GENERAL, WHAT MORE ARE THEY HIDING FROM THE TAXPAYERS OF ONTARIO?

March 27, 2018
The Auditor General has shone more light on the Wynne Liberals’ “dishonest” accounting practices, saying Kathleen Wynne’s deficit would be at least $1.3 billion higher than they will suggest in Wednesday’s Budget. The Liberals have already broken their promise to run a balanced budget this year; Charles Sousa said that the deficit will be as much as $8 billion. “The Auditor General’s condemnation of this government is further proof that Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals can’t be trusted when it comes to Ontario’s finances,” said Interim Opposition Leader, Vic Fedeli. “Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals have proven time and time again they are willing to say, do, or promise anything in a desperate attempt to cling to power. That includes playing shell games with tax dollars to hide billions of dollars more of borrowed money, from the province’s books,” said Fedeli. “The Liberals have tried to block the Auditor General every step of the way because they don’t want her to tell the taxpayers of Ontario what is really going on. On the eve of the election, Kathleen Wynne is afraid of being found out,” continued Fedeli. “The people of Ontario deserve the truth and accountability from their government. The time for cover-ups is over.”

STATEMENT FROM ONTARIO PC LEADER DOUG FORD ON GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY

March 25, 2018March 25, 2018
“Today I extend my warmest wishes to all Ontarians of Hellenic heritage as we celebrate the 197th anniversary of Greek Independence. “This date, in 1821, commemorates the start of the War of Greek Independence, in which revolutionaries fought for independence. “For Greek Orthodox Christians, this momentous day is also one of its holiest, as celebrations for the Feast of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary are also shared with great joy and cultural pride. “These celebrations are a wonderful opportunity for remembrance and reflection, as we recognize the significant cultural, political, and societal contributions of the Greek community here in Ontario. “With over 130,000 Ontarians tracing their heritage back to ancient Greece, I encourage all Ontarians to explore and participate in public events, Greek cultural festivities and local parades in celebration of this monumental day. “On behalf of the Ontario PC Caucus and all our PC candidates across the province, I would like to extend my very best wishes to all Ontarians celebrating Greek Independence Day. “Zito Hellas! “Long live Greece!”

ONTARIO PC LEADER DOUG FORD RESPONDS TO RELEASE OF SUNSHINE LIST: SPEECH

March 23, 2018March 23, 2018
Today, the list of Ontario’s richest political insiders was released. They call it the Sunshine List, but for the hard-working people of Ontario, there is nothing sunny about it. While people of Ontario are struggling to pay bills and put food on the table, Kathleen Wynne’s friends are getting richer. These insiders and fat cats are getting big raises while the real folks in Ontario haven’t had a real raise in years, because of reckless government policies. For example, the CEO of Ontario Power Generation got a raise of $400,000 this year. His salary is now $1.5 million. Can you believe that? People are being forced to choose between heating and eating because hydro rates are so expensive while these insiders are getting rich. There is also a secret list of Hydro One millionaires who have had their names hidden from the list. They sit around the board room table at Hydro One, giving themselves raises, while increasing your hydro rates. Kathleen Wynne seems to think the people of Ontario don’t deserve to know how much these people are making. Voters need more transparency, not less.

THE LIBERAL RECORD ON HORSE RACING: DEAD HORSES AND LOST JOBS

March 23, 2018
Today, the Liberals will be making an announcement at Flamboro Downs aimed at saving the horse racing industry they helped to destroy. Kathleen Wynne and her Ministers have been on an election spending tour this week, writing cheques they know will bounce. This week alone Kathleen Wynne’s promised $4 billion in new spending. Rural Ontario knows the damage the Liberals have done to the horse racing industry and will see through their political games. The Liberals will say and promise anything to stay in power. In 2012, the Liberal Government cancelled the Slots at Racetracks Program (SARP), which devastated the horse racing industry. As a result of this decision, horse breeders are taking senior Liberals to court. Court documents show the Liberals were prepared for the “collapse” of the horse racing industry - the loss of 23,000 jobs, and 27,000 dead horses. John Wilkinson, a former Liberal cabinet minister and point-person for the file, said the plan would “give us an advantage in the byelection by wedging” the opposition leaders. Ted McMeekin, the MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale and a cabinet minister at the time, refused to testify in this court case. Highlights from the Court Documents: “We met with McKinsey, hired by finance. They confirmed under their wildly optimistic best case scenario (ie no collapse of the industry), we are looking at 13,000 job losses and 16,000 euthanized horses between sep 4 and dec 31. Collapse (which we think is what will actually happen) is 23,000 job losses and 27,000 dead horses. The lawsuits coming our way will add up to $500 million and you will be lucky to settle for $250 million.” John Wilkinson, former Liberal Cabinet Minister “….and give us an advantage in the byelections by wedging both Tim and Andrea.” John Wilkinson, former Liberal Cabinet Minister “The only thing that keeps me going is the thought that I might still be here when the entire Slots at Racetracks program is either slashed brutally, or purse pooling and yearly ‘grants’ based on yearly applications gets rid of the notion that horsemen have of slot money being ‘their’ money.” Policy Advisor, Gaming Policy Branch, Ministry of Finance “Meeting with Premier just ended. He was inclined to go to $0 for horse racing.” Karim Bardeesy, Director of Policy and Research, Office of the Premier

Hardeman introducing bill giving municipalities right to approve new landfills in their communities

March 1, 2018March 1, 2018
Today Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford, will introduce a private members bill that would give municipalities the right to approve the location of new landfill sites in their communities. Currently, waste companies only need approval from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. “Municipalities can choose where a new Tim Hortons is located, but they don’t have the same authority when it comes to landfill projects,” said Hardeman. “This bill respects Ontario communities, and will give towns and cities the ability to decide their own future.” According to a recent poll by Public Square, nearly 8 out of 10 Ontarians feel municipalities should have a say in whether they host landfills, contrary to the current legislation. "Ontarians are tired of the provincial government unilaterally imposing everything from windfarms to landfill sites onto local communities,” said Ingersoll Mayor Ted Comiskey who leads the Demand the Right Coalition. "This bill would give us the right to say yes or no to these kinds of projects.” Nearly 30 municipalities passed motions demanding that the provincial government pass legislation that gives towns and cities the right to approve locations for new landfill sites. A further 150 municipal leaders from across Ontario signed petitions demanding the right and are in the process of passing similar motions in their own councils. According to Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner’s Office, the province generates 6.7 million tonnes of industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) waste a year – of which only 15% is recycled or reused. As Ontario landfills fill up, and the U.S. border tightens, it is forecast that several new mega dumps will be needed. This bill would ensure they are in willing host communities. An 18 million tonne ICI waste landfill site is being proposed in the community of Zorra Township in southwest Ontario, one of several mega dumps that will be needed to meet Ontario’s growing garbage problem. Marcus Ryan, a Zorra Township councillor said, “Any community outside the GTHA is a potential site for future mega dumps like Zorra is facing; and currently there’s nothing we can do about it. We have to change that.”

Statement by Interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli on the celebration of Purim

February 28, 2018February 28, 2018
“The Ontario PC Caucus is delighted to join the Jewish community in celebrating Purim. This celebration commemorates the Jewish people’s survival in the face of a plot to exterminate them in ancient Persia. “Purim is a time of fun and lively spirits; it is customary to get together with friends, family, and the community to give gifts, eat traditional meals, and giving to the less fortunate. “It is also a wonderful opportunity to come together and read the Megillah, which recounts the story of the Purim miracle. “As Progressive Conservatives, we are proud to embrace victory over discrimination and oppression; and will continue to stand up against acts of anti-Semitism and intolerance. “On behalf of the Ontario PC caucus, we send our best wishes to members of the Ontario Jewish community as they celebrate Purim. “Chag Purim Sameach!”

Statement from Interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli on the nomination of Adam Pham

February 28, 2018
“I congratulate Adam Pham on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Parkdale-High Park. “Adam is an excellent addition to our modern, inclusive, and pragmatic Ontario PC team. A first-generation Vietnamese-Canadian who came to Canada 17 years ago, Adam is now the owner of a successful real estate investment business, and graduated with a Ph.D in education prior to immigrating to Canada. “I have no doubt that Adam’s determination and unique life-experience would make him an excellent representative for Parkdale-High Park. “Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals are untrustworthy. For 15 years, this Liberal government has proven themselves willing to do and say anything to cling to power. While Ontario families, seniors, and youth pay more, Liberal insiders get rich. “In Parkdale-High Park, and across the province, the Ontario PCs will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Adam as we continue to share our positive message of change for the better with Ontario families.”

Speech from Interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli

February 27, 2018February 27, 2018
The last 10 days have been unprecedented in Ontario’s politics. No one will question that it has been a difficult time for our Party. But we are now ready to turn the page. In 1980, Ronald Reagan, always the optimist, responded to Jimmy Carter who was lamenting a malaise in their country by boldly stating that it was “morning in America”. Today, it’s morning in the PC Party. We are now ready to move on from focusing on any one individual – and to focus on the task at hand. And that task is defeating Kathleen Wynne. What we have seen in recent days from my colleagues in our Party has impressed me. We have seen strength in adversity. We have four strong candidates for Leader. One of them will lead us into the next election, and become Ontario’s next premier. I would be proud to serve with any of them. And we will do everything in our power to ensure they are elected Premier. My colleagues in caucus, while supporting different candidates, have always shown unity. That fills me with pride. The team of volunteers organizing the shortest leadership race in Canadian political history have made exceptional progress. And we are almost at the finish line. Only 11 more days. Our fundraising and volunteer recruitment is the strongest we have seen in a long time. And the four leadership candidates have focused on policy, and on their vision for Ontario, while refraining from personal attacks. Because each one of them believes in putting the Party, and the Province, ahead of themselves. Families need a PC Party who will offer a fresh alternative to the tired, untrustworthy, politically corrupt Wynne Liberals. And together, today, we are moving forward. There are few better examples of the political corruption of the Liberals than their takeover of the home care industry for the sole benefit of a key ally, the Service Employees International Union, the SEIU. Their “cozy ties” to the Ontario Liberal Party are well-documented. SEIU has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Ontario Liberal Party. SEIU has openly campaigned for the Ontario Liberals in by-elections. And, one of SEIU’s senior staffers is the former Party President of the Ontario Liberal Party. Now, in exchange for reduced service and increased costs for families, the SEIU is doing the Liberals’ political dirty work. This is a cynical, self-interested government like we have never seen before in this country. Today, we are repeating calls for Kathleen Wynne to release all the details regarding meetings between the SEIU and Liberal officials. Kathleen Wynne tried to hide the announcement of this major new home care agency – at the bottom of a press release - because it makes no sense. The Auditor General has been clear that this will not help patient care. The people of Ontario deserve answers. They deserve better than an “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” culture of politics. That is what got us the gas plants scandal. And while the justice system has taken its course, no verdict will return the billion dollars the Liberal government wasted just to win seats in an election.

No verdict, in gas plants scandal, will return the $1.1 billion the Liberals wasted: Ontario PCs

February 26, 2018February 26, 2018
Today, Ontario PC Energy Critic Todd Smith asked the Wynne Liberals, during Question Period, about the upcoming sentencing of a former senior Liberal operative in the gas plants scandal. “While the justice system has taken its course, no verdict will return the $1.1 billion the Liberal government wasted just to win seats in an election,” said Smith. “Sadly, the gas plant scandal is just one example of the consistent pattern of political malfeasance by this Liberal government.” “A senior official in the Liberal government deleted documents to try and hide the truth. Following the campaign co-chaired by Premier Wynne, the Liberals were only concerned about their best interests,” added Smith. “They were not concerned about the best interests of the people of Ontario. The Wynne Liberals simply cannot be trusted.” “With only months to go until the next Provincial election, how can Ontario be sure that this Liberal government is not squandering billions more to try and save their seats?” asked Smith.

Statement from Interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli on the nomination of Patricia Kalligosfyris

February 24, 2018February 24, 2018
“I congratulate Patricia Kalligosfyris on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Toronto-Danforth. “Patricia is a great addition to our modern, inclusive, and pragmatic Ontario PC team. A high-school teacher with the York Region District School Board, Patricia is an advocate for youth and improved education. “As a second-generation Greek Canadian, Patricia believes in the principles of inclusivity, hard work, and community service. “Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals are untrustworthy. For 15 years, this Liberal government have proven themselves willing to do and say anything to cling to power. While Ontario families, seniors, and youth pay more, Liberal insiders get rich. “In Toronto-Danforth and across the province, the Ontario PCs will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Patricia as we continue to share our message of change for the better with Ontario families.”

Out of touch Liberals considering a congestion tax for Ontario drivers

February 21, 2018February 21, 2018
Today, PC Critic for Infrastructure Sylvia Jones and PC Critic for Transportation Michael Harris questioned the Minister of Transportation on the Wynne Liberals’ plan to cancel the environmental assessment of the GTA West Highway Corridor. Instead the Wynne Liberals are considering introducing a tax on drivers. “After a $14-million investment and over a decade of delay, the government has cancelled the environmental assessment of the GTA West Highway Corridor, without providing an alternative plan to address congestion,” said Jones. “One of the alternatives recommended by the Minister’s advisory panel is to put congestion fees on 400 series highways across the GTA,” said Harris. “The fact that the government is considering taxing drivers on provincial highways is shocking. "The last thing Ontarians want is to be taxed to sit in traffic. This is just another example of how out of touch the Wynne Liberals are.”

London Cardiac Fitness Institute Forced to Close its Doors

February 20, 2018February 20, 2018
Today, PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek questioned the Wynne Liberals for refusing to step in and prevent the closure of the London Health Science Centre’s Cardiac Fitness Institute (CFI). Established in 1981, the CFI provides rehabilitation and fitness education for patients who suffer from serious heart problems, serving roughly 1,600 individuals each year. The preventative care provided by the CFI has been shown to both reduce the number of patients readmitted to the hospital for heart issues, and save the health care system millions of dollars. “Once again we are seeing the results of years of Liberal cuts and underfunding to our health care system,” said Yurek. The London Health Science Centre cited the reason for the closure as “the funding environment has become increasingly challenging”. This has resulted in their inability to fund 50 per cent of the program’s cost, or $150,000. “Considering the low cost of this important program and how many lives it positively impacts each year, it’s astonishing the government would allow for its closure,” said Yurek. “This government has failed to ensure our hospitals have the resources they need to help patients, resulting in overcrowding, a reduction of services and a level of care that no one should expect in a province like Ontario.”

Ontario PCs continuing to hold the Wynne Liberals to account

February 20, 2018
Statement from Interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli on the return of the Legislature: “The Ontario PCs remain focused on holding the Wynne Liberals to account, and building a Party that is ready to deliver much-needed relief to Ontario families. “For 15 years, Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals have proven themselves willing to do and say anything to cling to power. And, while they continue to utter platitudes about ‘fairness,’ this government is anything but fair. “Under the Wynne Liberals’ watch, hydro rates, taxes, and fees have skyrocketed. Their economic policies continue to hurt families, with 51,000 jobs lost in January alone. Youth struggling with mental illness are tragically ignored, and billions have been squandered on this government’s political self-interest. While families, seniors, and youth are being left behind, Liberal insiders have gotten rich at their expense. “Simply put, Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals can’t be trusted. Anything they promise in the coming months will be nothing more than a costly re-election ploy they have no intention of keeping. “We are committed to ensuring our Party is in the best position for our future Leader. While the last few weeks have been challenging, our Party has never been stronger. Our grassroots are responding to our positive message of change with their time, their support, and their money. “The Ontario PCs look forward to rallying united behind our future Leader in March, and bringing the change Ontario families deserve.”

Statement from Interim Leader Vic Fedeli

February 16, 2018February 16, 2018
“Shortly after becoming Interim Leader, I asked Patrick Brown to step aside from the PC Caucus. The legislature is set to resume sitting on Tuesday February 20TH following Family Day. Earlier today, Mr. Brown was notified that he has been removed from the PC Caucus effective immediately. The same procedure was followed when Mr. Brown removed Jack MacLaren from the PC Caucus.”

Statements on the nomination of Chief Clifford Bull in Kiiwetinoong

February 16, 2018
{:ca}“I congratulate Chief Clifford Bull on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Kiiwetinoong. Chief Bull is the first candidate to ever be nominated in this new riding, which has a majority Indigenous population. “Chief Bull is a great addition to our already experienced, modern, inclusive, and pragmatic PC team. As Chief of Lac Seul First Nation since 2006, Chief Bull has been a champion for not only his community, but all First Nations communities. “Lac Seul is one of the largest reserves in Northwestern Ontario, and as a result, Chief Bull has a wealth of experience fighting and standing up for the far North. “His dedication and effectiveness is reflected in the strong working relationships he has forged between local municipalities such as Sioux Lookout. These sorts of partnerships will be essential for Kiiwetinoong’s future MPP. “Chief Bull understands the importance of public service, and brings a strong sense of unity to the community. “After 15 years in power, life is harder with the Wynne Liberals. Ontario families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. In Northern Ontario, the Wynne Liberals have treated the region as a 'no man's land,’ and our Indigenous communities have been left behind. It’s time for a change. “In Kiiwetinoong and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Chief Bull as we share our positive message of change with Ontarians.” Statement from Chief Clifford Bull:  “I am honoured to represent the Kiiwetinoong community as the Ontario PC candidate. “For too long, Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals have abandoned the people of Northwestern Ontario. Under this government’s watch we’ve seen our Treaty Rights ignored, our economy has struggled, and families and seniors struggle to access the health care they depend on. “As your MPP I would fight for better education and employment opportunities for our youth, a healthy and thriving natural resources sector, and better roads to ensure people can travel to and from work safely. “For years I have been proud to represent my community, and as your MPP I would be a strong voice that ensures Kiiwentinoong is heard and not forgotten.”{:}{:zh}  {:}

Statement from Interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli on Lunar New Year

February 16, 2018
“Today, I am delighted to extend my warmest greetings to everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year. Whether it’s the Chinese Spring Festival, the Korean Seollal, or the Vietnamese Tet, this is a time to get together with family and friends and reflect on the past year while celebrating the beginning of a bright and promising New Year. “The Lunar New Year is also a time during which families, friends, and communities congregate to worship ancestors, give gifts, eat traditional meals, and participate in other customs including variations of the Lion Dance, bell ringing, and lighting of fire crackers. “It is also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the important contributions that Canadians of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent have brought to Ontario’s social, cultural, and economic framework. “Your beliefs of hard work, determination, and a strong sense of family values with your communities are shared proudly by our Party. “As the Year of the Dog is upon us, it is considered to be a good year for lifestyle changes and the start of new business ventures. In addition, it is a time to celebrate the many great traits of human nature, including being honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, responsible and venerable. “On behalf of the Ontario PCs; I hope this year brings you happiness, health, peace, and prosperity. “Gun Hei Fat Choi!    “Xīnnián kuàilè!    “Saehae Bok Mani Badeuseyo!    “Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!”

FAO Report pours cold water on Wynne Liberal “fairness” claim

February 14, 2018February 14, 2018
Statement from Ontario PC Finance Critic Lisa MacLeod "Whether it’s skyrocketing hydro rates, exorbitant taxes and fees, or a politically-motivated, overnight hike to the minimum wage, Ontario is no longer open for business under the Wynne Liberals. Job creators are finding it harder to make ends meet and get ahead. “Ontario was once Canada’s job-creating, economic engine. But under the Wynne Liberals, regions of our province are being left behind. Southwestern, Eastern, and Northern Ontario only saw 1,600 net new jobs combined. This is a government that has ignored important regions of our province to serve their own political self-interests. “Wages in Ontario continue to stagnate. While Liberal insiders are getting rich, middle class families haven’t had a real raise since the 2000s. Not only that, but under the Liberals’ watch the wage gap has not improved since 2011 and continues to be pervasive across industries. This is not anyone’s definition of ‘fairness.’ “Life is harder under the Wynne Liberals. Ontario families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for a change in Ontario.”

Ontario families continue to pay more for Kathleen Wynne’s Hydro One fire sale

February 12, 2018February 12, 2018
Kathleen Wynne’s reckless fire sale of Hydro One will continue to make life harder for Ontario families, according to Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer. “Since day one the Ontario PCs have opposed Kathleen Wynne’s fire sale of Hydro One,” said Ontario PC Energy Critic Todd Smith. “Their fire sale has driven up the cost of living for families, seniors, and businesses, and today we have more proof that this fire sale means long-term pain for short-term Wynne Liberal gain.” The report confirms that the fire sale was only about balancing the budget in an election year, with Ontarians losing $1.1 billion in 2018-19 from the sale. What’s more, only $670 million of the billions allocated through the Trillium Trust has been spent on infrastructure. “The Liberals like to talk a big game on infrastructure, but the Hydro One fire sale was never about investing in infrastructure,” added Ontario PC Finance Critic Lisa MacLeod. “This was about cooking the books in an election year while Liberal donors and insiders get rich.” “Under Kathleen Wynne’s watch, families are struggling to make ends meet while the Hydro One CEO applies for rate increases to pay for millions of dollars in raises for executives,” said Smith. “Not only that, Hydro One continues to spend billions of dollars on foreign dirty coal-burning companies while Ontario families are paying more and getting less.” “Today’s report is just more proof that Kathleen Wynne continues to put insiders and her political self-interest before hardworking Ontario families,” said MacLeod. “It’s time for change that works for the people, not the insiders.”

Job losses confirms Wynne’s minimum wage killing jobs

February 9, 2018February 9, 2018
News comes after implementation of massive, overnight minimum wage hike Ontario has seen the highest monthly decline in jobs since 2009, the same month that Wynne implemented a job killing minimum wage hike. “Kathleen Wynne was warned by experts that her overnight minimum wage hike would put our most vulnerable people out of work. She was warned, and she ignored them purely for political purposes,” said Ontario PC Economic Development Critic Monte McNaughton. “Now we see more young people out of a job.” The survey reaffirms the findings of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce report released only days ago, which found low labour force participation, low business confidence, and declining revenue of small businesses. “Over one third of people in our province have stopped looking for work, while opportunity has been stagnant outside of Toronto and Ottawa since the recession," said McNaughton. "Kathleen Wynne’s only objective with her minimum wage hike was to hold onto power and as a result, things are getting worse.” Statistics Canada reports that massive job losses are disproportionately hitting youth, who experienced job loss at a rate of 6.5 times higher than the rest of the population, and women, who saw their employment drop at 4 times the rate of Ontario's men. “The economic policies of this government are reckless and unfair. The talented, hardworking and innovative people of this province deserve better," summarized McNaughton.

Wynne Liberal decision to cancel GTA West Corridor a waste of money

February 9, 2018
Today, the Ontario PCs condemned the news of the Wynne Liberals’ cancellation of the Environmental Assessment of the GTA West Corridor. “The GTA West has been studied by the ministry for nearly a decade. Internal government documents, obtained by my office, reveal that the ministry has spent over $14 million studying the corridor, with zero results,” said Ontario PC Deputy Leader and Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones. “Kathleen Wynne’s decision is disappointing. The Ontario PCs believe that the GTA West Corridor is a project that deserves a complete environmental study. Congestion will cost the GTA $7 billion a year by 2031, according to Metrolinx,” added Jones. “People are spending more time in their cars stuck in traffic and less time with their families. There is a massive infrastructure deficit in Ontario, and this amounts to yet another disappointing broken promise from the Wynne Liberals,” said Ontario PC Transportation Critic Michael Harris. “It’s clear that the Wynne Liberals are untrustworthy – this is just another example.”

Open Letter from MPP Michael Harris to Minister of Transportation regarding Carillion

February 9, 2018
Dear Minister McGarry, I am writing today to inquire about the contingency plans the Wynne Liberal government has in place should Carillion Canada fold in the wake of the collapse of their parent company. E-mails and phone calls regarding Carillion have been pouring into my offices from Ontarians from across the province – Northern Ontario, rural Ontario, and within the GTA. Families are understandably worried about your government’s ability to maintain winter road safety in Ontario. This is hardly surprising given your government’s dismal record in keeping our roads safe. The Auditor General’s findings show a laundry list of government failures and inaction has resulted in substandard snowplowing services in the province. For years the Ontario PCs have questioned your government’s tendering of these contracts. An anonymous employee at Carillion said that “our patrol yard doesn’t have enough trucks to keep the highways safe,” and that, “the majority are broken down and we can’t get any repairs done, since no one will work on them because they’re afraid of not getting paid for the work they do,” concluding “it bothers me, but there’s nothing we can do.” Concerned employees of Carillion, as well as the many families that travel on our winter roads each day, deserve to know that their government has a plan to keep our roads safe. Today, I am asking you to please inform Ontario families within the next week of any contingencies your government has put in place to ensure that roads will continue to be plowed, and families will be able to get to and from work, hockey practice, and errands safely. Time is of the essence. Court filings have shown that Carillion Canada has only enough cash to maintain operations until February 19, 2018. The Ontario PCs think the people of Ontario deserve an answer. Regards, Michael Harris Ontario PC Transportation Critic MPP – Kitchener-Conestoga

Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Ornge

February 8, 2018February 8, 2018
“Earlier today, the OPP concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support laying criminal charges in the Ornge probe. In order to build their case, the OPP sought information in the USA and Italy, but their attempts were ‘stymied.’ “Nothing is going to return the millions of dollars Liberal insiders gouged hard-working Ontario families out of, and nothing is going to return the lives that were lost. “The Auditor General has confirmed that millions of tax dollars were wasted because this government let Ornge executives run wild. “The politically corrupt Wynne Liberals have been under five separate OPP investigations. The people of Ontario deserve better than a government under the shroud of multiple police investigations.”

Ontario PCs announce details of leadership debate and open, transparent voting process

February 7, 2018February 7, 2018
Today the Ontario PC Party Executive and the Leadership Election Organization Committee (LEOC) released details of the Party’s membership verification process for the upcoming leadership race. The LEOC will also host two official leadership debates. The first date has been organized for February 15th. It will be broadcast on TVO at 8pm. PC members will have unprecedented access to the leadership debate as it will also be broadcast through social networks including Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. Additional details will be released shortly. An online, two-stage verification process will ensure all eligible members can select the next leader of the Ontario PC Party in a secure, open and transparent manner. PC members will receive a unique verification number in the mail, where they will be directed to verify their membership information on record, including by secure uploading of identification documents. A support hotline will be available during this period for those requiring assistance. Independent third-parties will be responsible for processing votes, and securely maintaining personal information. Statement from Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli: “Our membership verification process is consistent with our commitment to ensure an open, democratic, and secure process as we select our next leader. As Interim Leader of the Ontario PC Party I will continue to ensure our Party is in a strong position for the incoming leader. I look forward to continuing towards our shared goal of defeating Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals and bringing the change Ontario families need.” Statement from Ontario PC Party President Jag Badwal and Chair of the Leadership Election Organization Committee Hartley Lefton: “This election will be the most inclusive and open in the history of the Ontario PC Party. Party members from every region of Ontario will be able to elect our next leader and the future Premier of Ontario. “Our secure, online, two-stage verification process is a major step forward in selecting a new leader to unite the Ontario PCs and prepare for the 2018 election. Just like you show ID to vote in person, you will show ID to vote online. This process will allow for greater engagement of our members in voting and selecting our new leader.” Key Dates: February 15th – Leadership Debate February 16th – Membership cut-off February 20th (approximately) – Unique verification number mailed to Ontario PC members March 2nd – March 8th – Voting period March 10th – Leadership Convention

Ontario Chamber reports businesses are fed up with Wynne Liberal policies

February 7, 2018
OCC reveals only 23 per cent of businesses are confident in Ontario’s economy The confidence of Ontario’s job creators is sinking to new lows under the Wynne Liberals, according to a new report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC). “This is yet another example of Liberal mismanagement. Under their watch, businesses are losing confidence in Ontario’s economy,” said Ontario PC Economic Development critic Monte McNaughton. “Between skyrocketing hydro rates, exorbitant taxes and fees, strangling red tape, and a growing skills gap, Ontario is no longer the economic and job-creating engine it once was.” The OCC reported that the number one reason why the business community lacks confidence in Ontario’s economy is Kathleen Wynne’s economic policies. “It is time for change that works with and alongside job creators and workers to harness our province’s potential. The Ontario PCs are committed to making life more affordable for businesses and hardworking Ontarians. It is time for change that works for this province and our economy,” concluded McNaughton.

Statement from Ontario PC Interim Leader Vic Fedeli on Buy American

February 7, 2018
“Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals are responsible for Ontario losing its competitive advantage to the United States. Whether it’s skyrocketing hydro rates, the cap-and-trade cash grab, suffocating red tape, or exorbitant taxes, Ontario is plain and simple no longer open for business. “Initiating a trade war with the United States is a last-ditch election ploy by Kathleen Wynne to deflect the blame for her disastrous economic policies. “As the Mayor of North Bay, I successfully led the charge against Buy American policies with a mayor to mayor plea. But, the Premier using this as a political tool to cling to power is nothing short of reckless, especially during this critical time in the NAFTA negotiations. “The Ontario PCs will review and consider the legislation when it comes forward.”

Retiring Wynne Liberals line up for one more taste of the trough

February 6, 2018February 6, 2018
Wynne quietly gives Duguid, Matthews, and Sandals $17K raises Taxpayers are on the hook for massive pay raises doled out by Kathleen Wynne to a group of former senior cabinet ministers. Last week, Premier Kathleen Wynne quietly announced that Brad Duguid, Liz Sandals, and Deb Matthews would be taking on new roles as Parliamentary Assistants. This comes with a nearly $17,000 annual pay bump.

FACTS STILL MATTER: Fact-checking Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal AGM speech

February 3, 2018February 3, 2018
Earlier this evening, Kathleen Wynne gave a speech in front of a small crowd of Liberal insiders at the Liberal’s Annual General Meeting. The speech was littered with mistruths. But, as we all know, facts still matter in Ontario. We hope Kathleen Wynne takes the opportunity to correct the record. Premier Wynne said: “Thank you for coming out in such impressive numbers” Fact: Wynne’s Sean Spicer moment? https://twitter.com/robferguson1/status/959904061825978370 Premier Wynne said: “In fact in the last three years, Ontario’s economy has led the G7 nations.” Fact: This isn’t remotely true. The Wynne Liberals have been fact-checked on this before, but they continue to knowingly mislead Ontarians. Kathleen Wynne said: “The rich are getting richer while too many people are being left behind.” Fact: After Kathleen Wynne sold off Hydro One in a fire sale, the CEO got a massive raise, and now earns $4.5 million a year. Meanwhile, seniors had their power disconnected in the dead of the winter, small businesses were forced to close their doors, and families were forced to choose between heating and eating. Kathleen Wynne said: “So exactly who are we fighting for?” Fact: It would have been a factual statement if she had followed the question with the party’s corporate donors, Liberal insiders, rich Hydro One executives, and her own political self-interests. But she didn’t. Kathleen Wynne said: “And we are increasing our critical care and home care.” Fact: It was reported in the media that the Liberal Government’s changes to home care were done to benefit one union – SEIU, which has campaigned for the Ontario Liberal Party and run anti-PC attack ads. An industry insider said about the changes: "This is not about health care, this is about delivering these workers to this union…Everybody in health care knows that this is what this play is all about." Kathleen Wynne said: “We pushed hard for better pensions.” Fact: In total, Kathleen Wynne’s failed ORPP scheme cost Ontario taxpayers $70 million. In total, six senior executives were set to receive $2 million in severance payments. Many of these senior executives had close personal ties to the Liberal Government. The Wynne Liberals also spent $8.1 million promoting the non-existent ORPP. The Auditor General said some of these ads would have been rejected under the old rules. Kathleen Wynne said: “Those folks who are at work earning a living in manufacturing and technology and construction…” Fact: Under Liberal Governments, Ontario has lost more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs. In total, Ontario’s skyrocketing electricity rates cost 75,000 manufacturing jobs. Kathleen Wynne said: “Now there are those who say you are doing it [raising the minimum wage] too fast.” Fact: One of “those” who said it was the Wynne Liberals’ hand-picked expert witness at the recent pre-budget hearings. Chris Alexander, senior vice-president and chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada: “I think it’s going to be a big shock to businesses because of the speed at which the minimum wage is going up. I think we could have gone to $15 an hour over a longer time frame and had more of a chance for businesses to adjust to the higher labour compensation. Kathleen Wynne said: “We can't just ask people to give us their vote.” Fact: The Liberal Government has tried that before. In 2011, a Liberal staffer was caught on tape boasting about offering residents of a Toronto shelter cigarettes in exchange for votes.

Statement from MPP Lisa MacLeod: Kathleen Wynne will do and say anything to get elected

February 3, 2018
“Today, Kathleen Wynne and a group of Liberal insiders gathered for their last Annual General Meeting before the next election. “Wynne said that the upcoming election is about who she is fighting for, and I know exactly who she is and has been fighting for. She is fighting for millionaire hydro executives, corporate donors, and liberal insiders. “For 15 years she has been turning her back on the hardworking people of this province. For 15 years she has been lining the pockets of liberal insiders. For 15 years you have been paying more, yet getting less. “Make no mistake: Kathleen Wynne is untrustworthy. This is a Premier and a Party that is only concerned with what’s good for themselves and their insider friends. Everything they said this weekend is just another set of cynical promises that they have no intention of keeping. Kathleen Wynne will do and say anything to cling to power. "It's time for change that puts the people first, not insiders."

10 Liberal “big ideas,” 10 broken promises

February 3, 2018
Kathleen Wynne will do and say anything to get elected This morning, the Wynne Liberals released the top 10 ideas that came out of their policy consultation process. But, the people of Ontario know better. The Wynne Liberals can’t be trusted. They will do, say, and promise anything to get re-elected. The Liberal record over the last 15 years speaks for itself: Financial literacy and functionality as a requirement for high school graduates The Liberals first announced that financial literacy would be a part of the school curriculum in 2011, but today they are still making re-announcements while students are being left behind. As renowned Canadian entrepreneur David Chilton said, “Premier Wynne argues we should emphasize financial literacy more in education system. She's right. And she needs to attend those classes." Improve access to post-secondary education Under the Liberal Government’s watch, Ontario is home to the highest tuition fees in the country. As a result of Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals’ inaction, Ontario college students were locked out for the longest strike in provincial history. That’s not what people would call “access to post-secondary education.” Charge Nestlé and bottled water distributors more Canadian Press reporter Keith Leslie was dogged in his coverage of the Wynne Liberal government’s inaction on this file. Clearly, local Liberal MPP and GO Train enthusiast Liz Sandals didn’t vote for this policy, as she famously said opposition to Nestlé was based on “misinformation.” Free dental cleaning for seniors The Liberals were silent when the Ontario PCs announced a fully-costed dental care program for low-income seniors in November 2017. Invest in child care to make it more affordable for the middle class The Liberals have been in power for 15 years, and under their watch, young Ontario families have seen child care costs skyrocket to some of the highest in the country. In fact, Toronto is the most expensive city in the country for child care. Not only that, but the Liberal government’s politically-motivated, overnight hike to the minimum wage has made child care in Ontario more unaffordable and more unattainable. Invest in transit and expand GO service Let’s take a minute and look at the Liberal’s record of broken promises on GO service: Two-way all-day GO service to Kitchener-Waterloo by 2019. Now they are saying all-day service is only “feasible” by 2024. In the 2014 election, Wynne Liberal MPP Jim Bradley said that Niagara GO service was a “very, very high priority,” and that he could “see it coming in 2015." Well, it’s 2018, Jim. We’re all still waiting. Milton is one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities, yet it isn’t expected to get all-day, two-way service until 2041. The Liberals have a track-record of failing to deliver projects on-time and on-budget. Ontario families have no reason to trust them on this important file. Invest in the fight against climate change Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals’ idea of fighting climate change is shipping billions of dollars to California, and subsidizing luxury Tesla cars for millionaires. Affordable housing: support non-profits in the delivery of affordable housing The Toronto Star’s headline writers have summarized the Liberal’s record accurately: Ontario's affordable housing wait list grows, Toronto Star, May 25, 2016 Ontario supports developers over providing affordable housing (Mike Layton), Toronto Star, January 25, 2018 Ontario badly botches affordable housing policy, Toronto Star, January 26, 2018 #kidscantwait for mental health treatment The Liberals are right - #kidscantwait, but a hashtag is not going to fix the youth mental health crisis they have ignored. Here are some quotes from recent pre-budget hearings: “It has gotten to the point that, on our campus, if you want access to a psychologist or a psychiatrist, the psychologist is a four-week wait, but for a psychiatrist, you’re looking at months. For my friend who booked an appointment with a psychiatrist in November, they can’t access a meeting until April.” – Roch Goulet, OUSA Member “We have called for investment each and every year with little response by government. We’re losing too many kids from suicide. It’s way past time to act.” – Kim Moran, Children’s Mental Health Ontario When Ontario PC MPP Lisa MacLeod asked the government to make record investments in mental health this past winter, the Minister of Health thought it was appropriate to make a joke about a bank from the 19th century. Ontarians are still waiting for an apology. Cover all medications for cancer patients – regardless of age Critics have been decrying the Liberal’s funding of cancer treatment for years. It’s only now, in an election year, the Liberals are even bringing this up. Besides, who can forget when the Liberals handed out untendered contracts to insider friends instead of giving Ontario patients the care they deserved.

Statement from MPP Lisa MacLeod

February 2, 2018February 2, 2018
Liberals to celebrate 15 years of putting insiders ahead of the people at convention “Today, Kathleen Wynne and a group of Liberal insiders will gather together for their last Annual General Meeting before the next election. “Kathleen Wynne likes to talk about ‘fairness,’ yet nothing about this government is fair. For 15 years every decision they’ve made has left hardworking families paying more and getting less. “This weekend I hope they consider the thousands of households that had their power cut off in the dead of winter, while Liberal insiders lined their pockets with lucrative green energy contracts, and the CEO of Hydro One made millions. “I hope they remember the 350,000 manufacturing jobs their uncompetitive policies have cost, and all of the families that have struggled to find work in a province that just isn’t open for business. “I hope they remember the skyrocketing hydro rates, the exorbitant taxes and fees, and the culture of political corruption that has festered under their watch. “Make no mistake: Kathleen Wynne is untrustworthy. This is a Premier and a Party that is only concerned with what’s good for themselves and their insider friends. Anything they say or announce this weekend is just another cynical promise they have no intention of keeping. “It’s time for change that puts the people first, not insiders.”

Company awarded taxpayer slush in return for jobs has all but closed up shop in TO

February 1, 2018February 1, 2018
A Toronto Star Investigation revealed Los Angeles company's job commitment broken MPP Monte McNaughton is demanding increased transparency after a company that received taxpayer funded handouts from the Wynne has all but closed up shop in Ontario. Legend 3D, a digital media company based in Los Angeles, has drastically reduced its Toronto office workforce. When the Wynne Liberals announced a $3.1 million handout for Legend 3D just last year, they claimed “271 new jobs” would be brought to Canada. “There is very little transparency in how this funding is awarded. Project results for these grants are never made public. We were under the impression that there would be good jobs for the people of Toronto. It turns out it’s all a complete lie,” said McNaughton. The Auditor General also found that the Liberal Government never studied the economic impact of their grants, and were unable to prove whether or not they helped create a single job. “Now we find out, that after handing out billions of dollars in the name of economic development, Kathleen Wynne can’t prove they are helping create jobs,” said McNaughton. “All the Minister does is write cheques, stage photo-ops and then pretends like nothing’s wrong while people remain without work.”

Statements on Ontario PC Leadership Race

January 31, 2018January 31, 2018
“Earlier this evening, the Ontario PC Party Executive met with members from LEOC to confirm details of the 2018 Ontario PC Leadership Race. Ontario PC members will select a new Leader on March 10, 2018.* “I am excited to announce that the Ontario PC Party has a path forward to selecting our next Leader and future Premier. The new leader will have a united Party behind them ready to fight and win the upcoming election. “Throughout the race, we look forward to an exciting discussion about the future of our party. The Ontario PC Party will come out of this united, and stronger than ever." Statement from the Chair of the Leadership Election Organization Committee (LEOC) Hartley Lefton “Tonight is a major step forward in selecting a new Leader to unite the Ontario PCs as we prepare for the 2018 election. The 2018 Ontario PC Leadership Race will see party members from every region of the province able to vote and select Ontario’s future premier. Balloting will be conducted by secure remote electronic voting. "This open, democratic process will not only allow for greater engagement of our members, but will position us strongly in the months to come so that together the Party can bring about change that works for Ontario families.” *Final leadership rules will be posted online tomorrow.

Statement from Ontario PC Party President Jag Badwal

January 30, 2018January 30, 2018
TORONTO - Today, Interim Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli announced he will remain as Interim Leader while a new permanent Leader is chosen. “I look forward to working with Ontario PC Leader Fedeli during this interim period; he is a man of great integrity who has put the Ontario PC Party and the province before self,” said Badwal. “As Ontario PC Party President, I believe that Mr. Fedeli will bring stability in a time that has been difficult for our party.”

Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli Announces Critic Shuffle

January 30, 2018
QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Leader of the Official Opposition Vic Fedeli announced updates to critic portfolios and positions for the Ontario PC Caucus. MPP Lisa Thompson will take the role of Caucus Chair and has been appointed as the PC Caucus representative to the Ontario PC Fund Board. Thompson represents the riding of Huron-Bruce, and will continue to serve as the Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Critic as well as the International Trade Critic. MPP Lisa MacLeod will take the role of Finance Critic. MacLeod represents the riding of Nepean-Carleton, and will continue to serve as the Treasury Board Critic and Anti-Racism Secretariat Critic. MPP Lorne Coe will take the role of Education Critic. Coe represents the riding of Whitby-Oshawa, and will continue to serve as the Post-Secondary Education Critic. “I’m proud that our experienced Ontario PC Caucus has strong female leadership. In her role as Caucus Chair, MPP Thompson will play an integral role in implementing the plan I announced on Friday to strengthen our workplace violence and harassment policies,” said Fedeli. “As a team, we will continue to work day-in and day-out to hold the Wynne Liberals accountable for years of scandal, mismanagement, and waste, and continue to make the case for change at Queen’s Park.”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Vic Fedeli

January 30, 2018
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Statement from Ontario PC Party President Rick Dykstra

January 26, 2018January 26, 2018

“Earlier today, the Ontario PC Party Executive voted to launch a leadership process where party membership will have the opportunity to select the Leader who will lead the party into the next election.

“Details about the leadership process will be announced in the near future.

“Our Party is already full of 200,000 energized party members. This number will only continue to grow. We look forward to uniting behind the future Leader of the party. Together as a team we will defeat Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals in the upcoming election.”

Statement from PC Leader Vic Fedeli

January 26, 2018

“It is humbling and an honour to have the unanimous support of my friends in the Ontario PC Caucus and I graciously accept the position of Leader.

“The last 48 hours have not been easy. I want to commend the brave women who had the courage to come forward and share their stories. Harassment has no place in our society. Any allegations of sexual misconduct must be taken very seriously.

“Our Party, and the people of Ontario have a great challenge ahead. I am prepared to lead this Party moving forward. We need to focus immediately on Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals. There’s no time to waste.

“The days, weeks, and months ahead will not be easy. But, I’m confident that as a team we can, and will, bring the change Ontario needs. Change that renews Ontario’s status as the best place in Canada to live, work and raise a family.”

Statement from PC Deputy Leaders Sylvia Jones and Steve Clark

January 26, 2018
“Like everyone, we were shocked to learn of yesterday's serious allegations. “Harassment has no place in our society, period. “Allegations of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously. These voices deserve to be heard. “It was appropriate that Mr. Brown resigned as Ontario PC Leader. “Now it’s time for the Ontario PCs to move forward together to elect a new parliamentary leader. “We’re fortunate to have a team of talented, experienced MPPs and candidates preparing for the election. “The PC Caucus will be meeting to make this decision tomorrow. We will provide an update at that time.”

Statement from Ontario PC Deputy Leaders Sylvia Jones and Steve Clark

January 25, 2018January 25, 2018
“This evening we learned of disturbing allegations leveled against Patrick Brown. “In the interest of the Ontario PC Party we unanimously agree that Mr. Brown cannot continue serving as the Leader. “Mr. Brown is entitled to a legal defense and due process, but he cannot lead us into an election as a result of these allegations. “The Ontario PC Party unequivocally upholds the principle that a safe and respectful society is what we expect and deserve. We need to move forward to eradicate sexual violence and harassment across the province. “Our caucus will immediately consult with party officials and members on best way to move forward to defeat the Wynne Liberals in the 2018. “We will not be diverted from our mission to ensure our strong team can share our message of change.”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown

January 25, 2018
“These allegations are false and have been difficult to hear. “However, defeating Kathleen Wynne in 2018 is more important than one individual. “For this reason, after consulting with caucus, friends and family I have decided to step down as Leader of the Ontario PC Party. I will remain on as a MPP while I definitively clear my name from these false allegations. “Over the past three years I have led a major transformation of our party taking it from 12,000 to 200,000 members, fundraised more money than any provincial party in Canadian history, and recruited some of the most qualified and diverse candidates in the history of our party. I have developed a pragmatic and winning campaign platform after a historically comprehensive policy process. “These important building blocks are essential for defeating Kathleen Wynne this year and her tired government that has repeatedly made reckless decisions and put insiders ahead of the people. “I’m confident the president of our party and caucus will convene an expedited process to elect my successor who I look forward to working with.”

Change that works for rural and small town Ontario

January 23, 2018January 23, 2018
TORONTO – Today at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown outlined how the People’s Guarantee will improve the lives of families living in rural Ontario.
"For 15 long years, Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals have made life harder in rural Ontario. Families and businesses are working harder, paying more, and getting less," said Brown. "Rural Ontario has been ignored by the Liberals. Our People's Guarantee includes a number of measures that will help everyone living, working, and doing business in rural Ontario get ahead." “The Ontario PCs have been standing up for rural Ontario since day one,” added Brown. “Our plan will make life more affordable for everyone and will give rural Ontario the respect it deserves." "That’s change that works for rural and small town Ontario.” Measures include:
  • Scrap the Green Energy Act and restore local decision-making for green energy projects;
  • Invest $124 million to build and upgrade local recreational infrastructure such as rinks, pools and playgrounds;
  • Increase access to affordable natural gas by allowing privately funded natural gas expansion in rural communities;
  • Make broadband and cellular infrastructure projects eligible under the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, and put up to $100 million towards funding these projects directly;
  • Reverse the Liberals’ $70 million cut to the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund, which helps to fund key municipal services and infrastructure upgrades;
  • Reform Ontario’s joint and several liability system to protect taxpayers.

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown Celebrating Lincoln Alexander Day

January 21, 2018January 21, 2018
“Today, Ontarians and Canadians all across the country celebrate the life and legacy of the Honourable Lincoln MacCauley Alexander. “Ninety-six years after his birth, and more than five years following his passing, we remain inspired by a life marked by sacrifice, challenge, and triumph over adversity. “Lincoln began his lifetime of service to country when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942, in the midst of WWII.  Despite the sacrifice this represented, he still experienced the bigotry and discrimination we fought to overcome in the decades since. “But these experiences never deterred Lincoln, and he would go on to blaze a trail that would inspire generations of Canadians to come. “In 1968, Lincoln made history when became Canada’s first African Canadian member of Parliament, serving as the Progressive Conservative member for Hamilton West.  In 1978 he again made history when he became the first African Canadian member of Cabinet as Minister of Labour in Joe Clark’s Progressive Conservative government. Lincoln’s life of service continued when he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in 1985—another first in Canadian history. “Throughout his inspirational journey, Lincoln never lost sight of where he came from or ever wavered in his fight for equality.  He championed education, and envisioned it as the key to opportunity.  But there are still many elements of his vision that remain unfulfilled. “Too many of our young people are denied every opportunity for success because of where they live or what they look like.  There are still too many corners of our province where our youth have lost hope for the future.  We owe it to them and to the memory of heroes like Lincoln Alexander to restore this hope and the promise that Ontario is a place where opportunity exists for people of all walks of life. “As we prepare to celebrate the contributions of Canadians of African descent throughout Black History Month, let us never forget all that Lincoln Alexander means to the African Canadian experience, to Canada, and to all the lives he touched through his character and service."

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of Denzil Minnan-Wong in Don Valley East

January 20, 2018January 20, 2018
“I congratulate Denzil on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Don Valley East. “Denzil makes an excellent addition to our already experienced and diverse Ontario PC team. A long-term city councillor in Toronto and North York, Denzil has taken up a number of different leadership positions. Denzil has served as Deputy Mayor, on the board of the TTC, Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, and the North York Community Council. “A champion for lower taxes, responsible spending, and accountable government, Denzil fought tirelessly for Canada’s first municipal Auditor General in the City of Toronto. Denzil also advocated for the development of a downtown bike lane network and helped to rescue Toronto’s bike share program. “After 15 years in power, life is harder with the Wynne Liberals. Ontario families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for a change. “In Don Valley East and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard to earn the trust of the people of Ontario. I look forward to working with Denzil as we continue to share our positive message of change.”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the gas plants verdict

January 19, 2018January 19, 2018
“It’s a sad day when a premier’s most senior official is found guilty of trying to orchestrate a cover-up of the $1.1 billion gas plant scandal. The guilty verdict is an indictment of the 15 years of Liberal political corruption that has long been rooted in the premier’s office. “While the justice system has taken its course, no verdict will return the $1.1 billion the Liberal government wasted just to win seats in an election. “A senior official in the Liberal government deleted documents to try and hide the truth. Following the campaign co-chaired by Kathleen Wynne, the Liberals were only concerned about their best interests, not the best interests of the people of Ontario. They simply cannot be trusted. “Sadly, the gas plant scandal is just one example of the consistent pattern of political corruption by this Liberal government.  Now that the case has reached its completion, we are fearful of what waste and political corruption the next Liberal scandal will reveal.”

Wynne Yes Man Red Ed Bad Pairing for LCBO

January 19, 2018
Yesterday the Ontario Liberal Party shone the bat-signal down University Avenue to let Ed Clark know Kathleen Wynne needed him back. With Wynne Yes Man Red Ed now chair of the LCBO, well-connected, insider friends of Kathleen Wynne will continue to get ahead while you and your family struggle to get by. Protecting the LCBO from Ed Clark As one of the Crown Jewels of Ontario's Government Business Enterprises, LCBO revenues help fund education, health care, and other services - reducing the need to resort to traditional taxation. We cannot trust it in the hands of one of the architects of the botched Hydro One privatization. Ed Clark remains the wrong choice to lead the LCBO at this critical time. Kathleen Wynne and Ed Clark’s fire sale of Hydro One may have been great for the Liberal insiders who divided up the spoils among themselves but it was a bad deal for Ontario families. What Ed Clark told the CBC about hydro rates after the privatization ("I think they'll go down") shows he will say and do anything to protect his boss (Will Ontario's Hydro One sale raise your electricity rate?, CBC News, April 20, 2015) While Liberal insider are surely popping the champagne corks at this appointment, LCBO CEO Dr. George Soleas must do whatever he can to maintain his independence from partisan interference from his new chair. Remaining board members should likewise be vigilant and exercise their challenge function assiduously. Ed Clark's Liberal pedigree The Toronto Star called Ed Clark Wynne’s “high-profile problem solver” for helping the Liberals undermine the Auditor General (The battle behind the auditor general's report, Toronto Star, November 30, 2016). The Globe and Mail said he was in Dalton McGuinty's "kitchen cabinet" (Alberta paranoid about its wealth, Toronto Star, August 7, 2006). He participated in "exclusive dinners" with former federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff (Ignatieff reaches out to top economists, The Globe and Mail, May 21, 2009). And he was one of the "architects" of Pierre Trudeau's Energy Program (Turbulence follows former 'Trudeaucrat', National Post, August 9, 1999). For that, as the Globe reported, "In 1985, one of Brian Mulroney's first surgical moves as prime minister...was to have Mr. Clark fired." (The power of persuasion, The Globe and Mail, May 14, 2009). Quite right. Like a bad bottle of wine at a restaurant, it's time we send back Wynne Yes Man Red Ed. The election is only a few months away.

Statement from MPP Bill Walker regarding senior abuse in long term-care homes

January 18, 2018January 18, 2018
“This is deplorable and unacceptable. Ontarians deserve to have the best standard of care possible and no senior should ever fear that their health and their safety may be at risk while receiving care in a long-term care home. To this end, I again urge the Minister to take immediate action to address these serious violations of safety, security and well-being of seniors and to also testify before the Public Inquiry into Long-Term Care Homes.
"As the regulator and guardian of our most vulnerable seniors in care, the Minister has a direct and significant interest in going before the Inquiry. Ontarians need assurance that he will take responsibility and ensure that this can never happen again under their watch.”

Shuffling chairs on a sinking ship

January 17, 2018January 17, 2018
TORONTO - Today, Premier Wynne’s Liberal government suffers blows with the loss of key veterans in Cabinet, as she announces replacements to try and keep the ship afloat. “Premier Wynne’s cabinet remains bloated despite the fact that her key ministers don’t want to run again,” said Ontario PC Deputy Leader Steve Clark. “Wynne has made this cabinet the largest in the country, has the privilege of overseeing a record of scandal, mismanagement, and waste, and the largest debt of any province or state in the world.”
Here are some highlights from the updated but same tired and bloated Liberal cabinet:
  • Nathalie Des Rosiers, who represents one of the most urban ridings in the province, will take over as Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. At first glance, her riding of Ottawa-Vanier appears to have neither natural resources or forestry;
  • Helena Jaczek, who was unable to answer simple questions about where the money was coming from for a massive government announcement, will now take over as chair of the bloated cabinet. Under her watch, the Liberals let massive cost overruns at SAMS become a debacle, which makes this move questionable;
  • Eleanor McMahon, whose only job at Tourism seemed to be handing out cheques, will now be responsible for controlling the government’s purse strings, and the millions of dollars of partisan self-congratulatory ads they will run leading up to the election;
  • Indira Naidoo-Harris will now not only get to oversee skyrocketing child care costs but get the additional responsibility of picking and choosing which schools her government will close if they cling to power.
  • Mitzie Hunter, who as Minister of Education didn’t know how many schools her government was set to close, will now take over as the Chief Apologist for the longest college strike in Ontario’s history.
  • Harinder Malhi will take over as Minister of Status of Women. Interestingly, she’s been an opponent of the sex-ed curriculum.
  • Daiene Vernile takes over the reins at Tourism, Culture, and Sport. The former broadcaster spent her career in front of the camera, this will make the plethora of “buy-your-vote” announcements she is certainly about to start making ready for the airwaves.
  • Steven Del Duca has been moved away from the impending Carillion scandal. Despite the fact he oversaw the ridiculous contract, he will not have to wear the fall-out of the 6,000 jobs at risk. This certainly will be a relief for him and his Liberal Party leadership ambitions. Yasir Naqvi can’t be quite as excited though.
  • Hopefully, Kathryn McGarry, a Waterloo Region MPP, will be more effective at delivering all-day two-way GO to the community. We all remember when a previous Liberal Minister of Transportation promised it would be completed by 2019!

Northern Ontario mental health crisis showcased at Sudbury committee hearing

January 16, 2018January 16, 2018
SUDBURY - This morning, at a pre-budget committee hearing in Sudbury, Ontario’s growing mental health crisis was highlighted by a couple of presenters who urged the government to take immediate action. The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs heard from the Sudbury/Manitoulin branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Child and Family Centre. Both of these presentations highlighted funding gaps and the need for increased funding and supports.
“Ontario’s mental health crisis is our province’s dirty little secret,” said Ontario PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli. “There are far too many stories - especially in Northern Ontario - about families who have had the courage to come forward, to seek treatment, only to be turned away because the supports and resources aren’t there.” The Ontario PC Party has promised to invest an additional $1.9 billion in mental health services over the next decade, the largest provincial investment in our country’s history. This matches the commitment made by the federal government, which will bring the total Ontario commitment to $3.8 billion over the next decade. In 1979, 11 per cent of Ontario’s health care budget was spent on mental health. Today, the province spends only 6.7 per cent. “Mental health is just as important as physical health. It’s time the Ontario government started treating it that way,” added Ontario PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff. “Unfortunately, under the Wynne Liberals we’ve seen cuts to important services that Ontario families depend on.” “The Ontario PCs aren’t going to settle for this mental health crisis as a norm. No Ontario family should be left waiting for needed care,” concluded Ontario PC House Leader Jim Wilson. “It’s time for a government that shows leadership on this important file.”

Open Letter to the Minister Responsible for Early Years & Child Care

January 15, 2018January 15, 2018

Dear Minister Naidoo-Harris,

Ontario’s child care costs are a huge challenge for parents, and it’s no surprise that we are seeing very concerning media stories about parents feeling the pinch. The fact is, your political decision-making is making life more unaffordable for families.

Last fall, I spoke about the average price of child care in Toronto being $20,000, and $15,000 in Ottawa. It is expensive across the province. Some families can’t afford the expense at all. It’s getting worse. Recent fee hikes at daycares are happening province-wide.

In addition, wait lists at daycares remain to be a challenge, plus there are insufficient spaces available. Your rushed policies in advance of an election will not help the situation. Daycare operators may think twice before expanding or staying open, and new prospective operators may choose not to open at all. (Not to mention that it is also a problem that approvals for new child care spaces are taking too long.)

Your funding re-announcement today will present challenges as the funds will likely be very difficult to access. Daycare operators will have to work their way through the system to access these funds, which could take months or more.

The Ontario PCs have made child care an important part of our plan to make life more affordable for families, and to get Ontario back on track.

As part of the People’s Guarantee, we consulted with industry experts on a plan to make child care more affordable for low-income and middle-income families. We created the new Ontario Child Care Refund that will pay up to 75 per cent of child care expenses. We will also commit to building 100,000 licensed child care spaces.

Now more than ever, it’s clear that action is need on this important file. I am writing to you today to ask that your government to do the following to make life easier for countless families across our province:

  • Create a new Ontario Child Care Refund that would pay up to 75 per cent of a family’s child care expenses, or up to $6,750 per child.
  • Mandate that all new elementary schools include some form of child care spaces, be that all-day or before and after school care facilities.
  • Simplify and speed up approvals for new child care spaces under the Child Care and Early Years Act without reducing standards.
  • Phase in the minimum wage from $14 to $15 an hour in a responsible manner, over four years.

Thank you for your consideration,

Patrick Brown Leader of the Official Opposition

Thunder Bay budget hearing shows life is harder under the Wynne Liberals

January 15, 2018
THUNDER BAY - This morning, the Wynne Liberal record of making life harder and more unaffordable for Northern Ontario families and businesses was on display at a Pre-Budget Hearing in Thunder Bay. The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs heard from a variety of presenters, including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, local municipalities and forestry companies. “Between skyrocketing hydro rates and ever increasing taxes and fees, life is harder under the Wynne Liberals. Ontario families are working harder, paying more, and getting less,” said Ontario PC House Leader Jim Wilson. “In the past these consultations have been nothing but a sham to the government, but it’s important to hear first-hand from Ontarians about the need for change for the better in the province and Northern Ontario.” The committee heard from a number of forestry companies that are finding it difficult to remain competitive operating in Northern Ontario. “The Wynne Liberals have treated Northern Ontario as an afterthought, we all remember when they called it ‘no man’s land.’ Decisions impacting Northern industries have been made by politicians in Downtown Toronto who either don’t understand or don’t care about the unique potential of the region,” said Ontario PC Finance Critic and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli. "The Ontario PCs have made it a priority to get out into Northern communities and listen first-hand to both the challenges and opportunities the region faces." “Now more than ever, it’s time for a change in Ontario. Only the Ontario PCs will make it easier for hard-working Ontario families and businesses to make ends meet and get ahead,” said Ontario PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff. "We have a detailed plan that puts the people first, not the insiders."

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of Dr. Dionne Duncan

January 14, 2018January 14, 2018
“I congratulate Dionne on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Hamilton Centre.
 “Dionne brings incredible experience to our Ontario PC team. She is currently a Vice President at the Rosa’s Centre, which provides services to adults with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also a facilitator at Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services, where she supports patients with brain injuries.
 “Dionne received her MBA from the Kellogg-Schulich School of Business and her PhD in Health Policy and Informatics from the University of Toronto. She is the recipient of the J.S. Woodward Award for Humanities and Community Support, and serves on the board of Wychwood Open Door and the Enlightened Women’s Core team.
“After 15 years in power, life is harder with the Liberals. Families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. Only the Ontario PCs will make life more affordable for everyone.
“In Hamilton Centre, and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Dionne to bring change that works for the people, not the insiders.”  

Ontario PC Party sets historical membership record

January 13, 2018January 13, 2018
Earlier this year, the Ontario PC Party set the record for the highest membership totals of any party in Ontario’s history. As of January 10, 2018, the Ontario PC Party had 200,224 members, and this number continues to grow.
“The Ontario PC Party is now composed of over 200,000 members who are excited and ready to help elect an Ontario PC government that will get Ontario back on track,” said Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown.  “Only a few years ago, our party had an unimpressive 12,000 members. Since that time, our party has grown in every corner and community of the province and pulled off historic by-election victories.” Since Patrick Brown has become Leader, the Ontario PC Party has won five by-elections, including winning two historically Liberal seats in Scarborough-Rouge River and Sault Ste. Marie. “When Patrick Brown became Leader in 2015 he committed to grow the Party to over 100,000 members. We’ve doubled that goal,” said Rick Dykstra, Ontario PC Party President. In particular, there has been remarkable growth for the Party in the Greater Toronto Area. For example, the riding of Mississauga East-Cooksville previously had only 40 members, while today the riding has over 6,000. Markham—Thornhill had just under 60 members, and today the riding has over 5,300. “These are members who are looking forward to hitting the pavement, knocking on doors, and spreading the Ontario PC Party’s positive message of change and defeating the untrustworthy Wynne Liberals,” added Dykstra.
The Ontario PC Party’s record membership numbers are in stark comparison to the Ontario Liberal Party’s, who presently have only 18,000 members. “The Ontario PC Party is going to continue to work hard every single day to bring the change that is desperately needed at Queen’s Park,” concluded Brown.

Statement from Ontario PC Finance critic Vic Fedeli on auto insurance rates

January 12, 2018January 12, 2018
"I congratulate Fadi on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Ottawa-Vanier.
 “Fadi is a husband, a father, and an active member of the Lebanese community. He loves Ottawa-Vanier and has called it home for over 25 years. As a small business owner in Ottawa-Vanier, Fadi knows first-hand how reckless Liberal policies have hurt small businesses throughout the province. Fadi is also French-educated and holds a master’s degree in chemistry.
 “After 14 years in power, life is harder with the Liberals. Families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for a change.  Only the Ontario PCs will make sure hardworking families pay less and get ahead.
“In Ottawa-Vanier and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Fadi as we share our positive message of change for the better.”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of Fadi Nemr

January 7, 2018January 7, 2018
"I congratulate Fadi on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Ottawa-Vanier.
“Fadi is a husband, a father, and an active member of the Lebanese community. He loves Ottawa-Vanier and has called it home for over 25 years. As a small business owner in Ottawa-Vanier, Fadi knows first-hand how reckless Liberal policies have hurt small businesses throughout the province. Fadi is also French-educated and holds a master’s degree in chemistry.
“After 14 years in power, life is harder with the Liberals. Families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for a change.  Only the Ontario PCs will make sure hardworking families pay less and get ahead.
“In Ottawa-Vanier and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Fadi as we share our positive message of change for the better.”

Tomorrow, millionaire Hydro One CEO will have earned more in 2018 than the average family will earn all year

January 5, 2018January 5, 2018
The millionaire CEO of Hydro One will have already earned as much as the average Ontario family by Friday – before he even goes for lunch. After coming under fire for outrageous executive compensation last year, Kathleen Wynne committed to fixing the problem, a promise she has since broken. "Hydro disconnections are reaching new record highs every year in Ontario," said PC Energy Critic Todd Smith. "At the same time, Ontario electricity customers are still funding millionaire Hydro One executives because Kathleen Wynne has decided to put Liberal insiders ahead of the people.” By lunch time on Friday, Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt will have earned $75,000, equal to Ontario’s median family income, according to Statistics Canada. He earned $4.5 million in 2017. “This is the result of Kathleen Wynne’s disastrous handling of Hydro One,” said Smith. “ Fromrepeatedly raising hydro prices, to a lack of transparency, to getting Ontario back in the coal business, everything at Hydro One under her watch has made life more unaffordable for Ontarians.” “It used to be that if you worked hard, you could build a better life for you and your family in Ontario. But today, the interests of Kathleen Wynne’s millionaire insiders are put ahead of the people.” Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs have committed to reduce electricity prices and bring transparency back to the energy sector. Some of these commitments include:
  • Rebating the government’s portion of Hydro One’s dividend directly to ratepayers on their hydro bills
  • Acting to rein in exorbitant executive salaries at Hydro One and OPG
  • Moving conservation funding to the tax base
  • Walking away from any committed capacity contracts that have cancellation benefits
  • Putting an immediate moratorium on any new energy contracts in order to avoid already scheduled rate increases
  • Enforcing every Green Energy Act contract to the letter, using any contract breaches as leverage to renegotiate or exit them whenever feasible and possible
  • Repealing the Green Energy Act
  • Removing the Smart Meter Charge from your bill immediately

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of Simmer Sandhu

December 18, 2017December 18, 2017
“I congratulate Simmer on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate in Brampton East. “Simmer currently works as a real estate agent at Royal Lepage, Flower City Realty in the Peel Region. “As the Ontario PC candidate, Simmer will be a champion for more affordable hydro rates, auto insurance, and child care. I have no doubt that he will be an excellent representative for the people of Brampton East at Queen’s Park. “After 14 years in power, life is harder with the Liberals. Families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for a change in Ontario. Only the Ontario PC Party will make sure hard-working families pay less and get ahead. “In Brampton East, and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Simmer as we share our positive message of change for the better.”

Government must follow law, provide Pre-Election Finance Report: Ontario PCs

December 14, 2017December 14, 2017
The Wynne Liberals will be breaking their own law if they don’t release a Pre-Election Report on Ontario’s finances before the election, Ontario PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli said today. “It’s suspicious. When the Liberals passed this law in 2004 they were eager to release their own financial numbers and projections. Now, 15 years later and after much controversy about their numbers, they want to hide everything,” said Fedeli. “Nothing about this government’s numbers are prudent and cautious, which is why they’re being cagey about releasing this Pre-Election report on Ontario’s finances.” The requirement for this report was first outlined in the Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Act, 2004, with the goal of providing a three-year outlook of Ontario's finances including revenue and spending projections ahead of an election. The government complied before the 2007, 2011 and 2014 elections, with sufficient time for the Auditor General to review the reports and release statements. “Why won’t the government commit this time? A lukewarm response is not sufficient. Today I’m calling on Minister Charles Sousa to follow the law and release the report,” added Fedeli. “It’s now more important than ever, given the government has been pulling the wool over our eyes on the state of their finances and projections. Just this week the Financial Accountability Office showed that Ontario is working with three sets of books, which is ridiculous. We need one set of books, which is precisely why they must release this Pre-Election Report.” On page 69 of the Auditor General’s report, the government suggests only that it “may” comply with its own law, pass a regulation, and release their pre-election Finance Report. “Families need to be able to trust what the government says about our finances. They deserve a true fiscal picture,” concluded Fedeli.

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of Iris Yu in Spadina-Fort York

December 13, 2017December 13, 2017
“I congratulate Iris on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate in Spadina-Fort York. “Iris is a proud and dedicated Torontonian whose passion for the city inspired her to run for the Ontario PCs. As a Chartered Financial Analyst, Iris has held a number of corporate positions. She currently works at the Bank of Montreal in Investor Relations. Iris completed her MBA at Ivey Business School in 2003, and immigrated from China to Canada. “Iris’ business qualifications and experience will certainly be a great asset to her constituents at Queen’s Park. “After 14 years in power, life is harder with the Liberals. Families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for a change in Ontario. Only the Ontario PC Party will make sure hardworking families pay less and get ahead. “In Spadina-Fort York, and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Iris as we share our positive message of change for the better.”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of Chuck McShane in Niagara Falls

December 13, 2017
“I congratulate Chuck on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate in Niagara Falls. “A sales consultant with a local building supply company, Chuck has served as the past-president of the Niagara Home Builders Association. Chuck has also served as the CEO of the Steve Ludzik Foundation, which raises money for a local Parkinson’s rehab clinic, and worked for more than a decade as a volunteer fire fighter in Niagara-on-the-Lake. “A long-time Ontario PC volunteer and activist, Chuck understands both the potential and challenges the Niagara Region faces. He will be a tireless representative for the people of Niagara Falls at Queen’s Park. “After 14 years in power, life is harder with the Liberals. Families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for a change in Ontario. Only the Ontario PC Party will make sure hardworking families pay less and get ahead. “In Niagara Falls, and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working Chuck as we share our positive message of change for the better.”

Over 25,000 College Students Drop Out Due to Liberal Government’s Inaction

December 12, 2017December 12, 2017
Whitby-Oshawa MPP Lorne Coe, Official Opposition Critic for Post-Secondary Education and Associate Critic for Education, said today that the number of community college students who have dropped out due to the Liberal Government’s inaction on the college strike is another shameful blotch on the Liberals’ record. “Under Premier Kathleen Wynne’s watch, we witnessed the longest college strike in Ontario’s history, affecting over 500,000 students,” said MPP Coe. “The Ontario Progressive Conservative Caucus called on the Liberal Government from the first day of the strike to step in and do everything they could to get students back into the classroom. Instead, the Liberals sat on their hands and waited weeks before taking action.” Ontario’s community college students lost a historic five weeks of class time due to the strike, and it caused upheaval in the lives of hundreds of thousands of students. “The result is staggering. We have learned that 25,700 community college students have decided to drop out of community college and put their lives and futures on hold – all because the Liberal Government neglected to step in earlier, and bring students back into the classroom,” stated MPP Coe. MPP Coe concluded, “this is yet another example of how life is harder under Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals.”

Wynne Liberals awarded half a million dollar bonus to OPG CEO the year after he retired

December 12, 2017
OPG was found to be one of the power companies gaming ratepayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars Today, during Question Period, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown asked the Wynne Liberals why they awarded a sizable bonus to the CEO of publicly-owned Ontario Power Generation (OPG), one of the companies responsible for gaming ratepayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars. In total, nine companies, including OPG, bilked ratepayers for over $260 million in ineligible expenses, much of which has never been paid back. “We know OPG was gaming the system at the same time hydro rates were skyrocketing, seniors were getting their power disconnected, and families were afraid to open their hydro bills,” said Brown. “How did the government respond? They ignored warning after warning after warning, and then they rewarded the former CEO of OPG with a bonus worth half a million dollars,” added Brown. Tom Mitchell, OPG’s CEO from 2009 to 2015, was awarded a $563,000 bonus in 2016 – the year after he retired. “A half a million dollar bonus while the system was being played like a fiddle. Who signed off on the half a million dollar bonus while OPG bilked the system and stole from ratepayers?” asked Brown. Brown called on the Wynne Liberals to ensure ratepayers are re-paid the outstanding costs by December 31st.

Statement from Nicholas Bergamini, spokesperson for PC Leader Patrick Brown

December 11, 2017December 11, 2017

“It’s disappointing that the premier chose to give her Statement of Claim to the media instead of to PC Leader Patrick Brown or his counsel. Mr. Brown has not been served with or seen the Statement of Claim. This is yet another effort to distract attention from her government’s record.

"It's no coincidence that this baseless suit comes the same day the PCs called for an OPP investigation into ineligible expenses claimed by insider energy executives. While Premier Wynne has refused to answer questions on calls for an investigation, she's found time to make baseless claims against opposition parties.

Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth must apologize for insensitive comments about struggling Ontario businesses

December 11, 2017
Insensitive comments from Barrie’s Liberal MPP dominated Question Period this morning. The Ontario PCs demanded an apology from MPP Ann Hoggarth who suggested small businesses, in particular one Barrie butcher shop, should close their doors if they can’t afford the reckless increase to the minimum wage. During a media avail with Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn, Hoggarth said, “If you’re going to go out of business on the backs of your employees because you can’t afford to pay them this, perhaps you should reassess your business plan and whether you should be an employer.” “A member of this government thinks struggling business owners should just shut up and close their doors,” said Ontario PC Labour Critic John Yakabuski. “Is that the official position of this government? Or will the Premier insist the member from Barrie apologize to all struggling business owners across the province?” he asked the Premier during Question Period. Hoggarth also accused a local butcher shop of closing his doors because he was a member of the PC Party, saying “the gentleman was one of the nominees running for the PCs. You don’t see other butchers closing.” Lawrence Vindum was forced to declare bankruptcy, lay off his staff, and close the doors of a long-time Barrie butcher shop. Mr. Vindum blamed skyrocketing hydro rates as one of the largest reasons he was closing down his shop. “His valued employees are out of a job weeks before Christmas. It’s disrespectful and shameful,” added Yakabuski. “It’s clear, Liberal policy is to tell business in Ontario to kick rocks and take a hike. They don’t care about these jobs. They don’t care if businesses close.” “Mr. Vindum deserves an apology and an explanation.”

Ontario PC response to the 2017 Auditor General report

December 6, 2017December 6, 2017
Statement from Ontario PC Treasury Board critic Lisa MacLeod on the release of the 2017 Auditor General Report:  “There is a culture of waste at Queen’s Park that has festered under Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals for 14 years. This has crowded out the key government services everyone depends on, and left Ontario families working harder, paying more, and getting less. “In the energy sector, we again see the politically corrupt Wynne Liberals putting well-connected insiders first, while driving up hydro bills for families, seniors, and mom and pop shops across the province. “Under the Wynne Liberals’ watch, senior citizens saw their power disconnected in the dead of the winter, meanwhile wealthy executives expensed hundreds of thousands of dollars on egregious items such as raccoon traps, scuba gear, parkas, and carpet cleaning to your hydro bill. “The Liberals’ smoke-and-mirror approach to fix gaps in the energy system was a hoax. They put insiders on a panel designed to make improvements, only to have been caught gaming the system for hundreds of millions of dollars. “It’s time for a change in Ontario. The Ontario PCs will put the people first – not the insiders. We will ensure that hard-earned tax dollars are respected by putting an end to wasteful Wynne Liberal spending at Queen’s Park. “I would like to thank the Auditor General for her 2017 Annual Report. It’s shocking that contained within her report today is more than $1 billion in Wynne Liberal waste. “Ms. Lysyk plays an essential role in holding our government accountable. Her work should be valued and commended, not disregarded and demeaned as the government has done in the past.” Highlights from the Auditor General’s report:
  • Nine gas and coal companies claimed $260 million in ineligible and egregious costs that hit ratepayers on their hydro bills.
  • Since 2010, the Liberals have ignored Ontario Energy Board recommendations to update programs which generating companies have used to game the system.
  • The Liberals have added significant hydro costs to families and small mom and pop shops as a result of a decision to transfer $245 million worth of electricity costs away from big multinational companies. This has been done mainly to cover ineffective renewable contracts.
  • The Wynne Liberals spent $17.4 million on government advertisements that the Auditor General says are “intended to make the government look good.” The total government advertising budget has reached a 10-year high.
  • The Auditor identified 321 projects worth $49 million between 2013-2014 and 2016-2017 that were awarded to hand-picked companies.
  • Taxpayers paid nearly $19 million to operate and maintain 812 vacant buildings. In total the government could have saved $170 million a year on buildings that currently sit empty.
  • One of the companies selected by Infrastructure Ontario to manage capital projects worth $900 million had performed poorly on a previous contract between 2011 and 2014.
  • Students have been performing below the provincial standards in math since 2008-2009. It was not until 2016, that the province began allocating funding to school boards to improve student math achievement.
  • For three of the four school boards visited by the Auditor General, nearly a quarter of special needs students are waiting longer than a year to receive psychological, and speech and language assessments.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Emergency Management has not met for several years, and the province hasn’t updated the provincial risk assessment since 2012, meaning Ontario is not fully prepared for any new challenges relating to cybersecurity, climate change, and terrorism.
  • Despite technological advances, the Ministry of Health has not updated the price list it pays to community labs since 1999. This would have resulted in savings of millions of dollars per year. In 2015-2016, the Auditor General estimated we overpaid laboratory service providers by at least $39 million.
  • The Ministry of Health has not updated its PET scan eligibility criteria since 2013, meaning 41 per cent of the province’s capacity was unused.
  • Only one third of the Auditor General’s recommendations from the 2015 report have been fully implemented.

Ontario drivers can’t trust Wynne Liberal’s new “stretch goal” on auto insurance

December 5, 2017December 5, 2017
This morning, the Wynne Liberals rolled out another “stretch goal” auto insurance announcement in the lead up to the 2018 election. “If there’s one certainty here at Queen’s Park it’s this – this Liberal government has broken every promise it’s ever made on auto insurance,” said Ontario PC Finance critic Vic Fedeli during Question Period. Before the 2014 election, Premier Kathleen Wynne promised to reduce auto insurance by 15 per cent; she later said this was nothing but a “stretch goal.” “So many promises from this government, yet the average auto insurance premium in Ontario is still almost 55% higher than the average of all other Canadian jurisdictions,” he added. Fedeli also pointed out that this was the fourth government announcement about establishing an anti-fraud office. “Given this Liberal Government’s track record on auto insurance, why should anyone believe or trust them?” Fedeli asked the minister. The Ontario PC’s recently released platform, the People’s Guarantee, contained a detailed plan to make the auto insurance system fairer, including eliminating geographic discrimination and cracking down on insurance fraudsters and uninsured drivers.

BREAKING: Liberals appointed exec of company fleecing ratepayers of $100M to lead group tasked with preventing further gaming of system

December 5, 2017
Rob Coulbeck, VP of Goreway Power Station, was the co-chair of Market Renewal Working Group, which Liberals say will clean up electricity system The VP of a power generating company that gamed ratepayers for $100M was appointed by the Liberal government to lead a task force responsible for preventing further abuses of the system. Rob Coulbeck, VP of Goreway Power Station, was appointed co-chair of the Market Renewal Working Group. Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault has specifically referenced the market renewal in the legislature as signs the Liberals are cleaning up the energy sector. "Kathleen Wynne has put the fox in charge of the hen-house," said Ontario PC Energy Critic Todd Smith. "Only a Liberal Party whose untrustworthiness knows no limits would appoint the VP of a company that has cost families $100M on their hydro bills to a taskforce responsible for preventing customers getting ripped off again." The abuses were buried in an OEB report which was covered up by the Liberal government and never announced via press release. The Auditor General is expected to reveal more information on the issue in her annual report tomorrow. "Kathleen Wynne has driven Ontario families and seniors into energy poverty. People are choosing between heating and eating. She must come clean today on how much money is owed to electricity customers. And she must explain why she appointed the VP of this favoured company to lead oversight and prevent the very abuse of the system they created."

MPP Oosterhoff Takes on Additional Role at Queen’s Park

December 5, 2017
Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Sam Oosterhoff has become the newest Progressive Conservative member of the Standing Committee on General Government, in a change that took place this week. “Sam has been an invaluable member of the Ontario PC team since his election a year ago. His energy and commitment will be a welcome addition to the committee as he serves the people of Ontario,” Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown said today. According to the Standing Orders, the Standing Committee on General Government is "empowered to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management, organization or operation of the ministries and offices which are assigned to it as well as the agencies, boards and commissions reporting to such ministries and offices."  “For 14 years the Liberals have made life harder for Ontario families. The people of Ontario are working harder, paying more, and getting less,” he added. “Sam will serve a vital role scrutinizing and debating Liberal legislation, while putting forward real solutions to make life easier for Ontario families.” Sam will be assuming these additional responsibilities, while remaining the Ontario PC’s Critic for Digital Government, Associate Critic for Research, Innovation, and Science, and while still serving as a member of the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.

Glenn Thibeault caught spreading misinformation about the PC platform in the press

December 4, 2017December 4, 2017
This morning, Sudbury MPP and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault came under fire during Question Period for misleading statements to the media about the recently released Ontario PC platform, the People’s Guarantee. When asked about Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown’s weekend announcement in Sudbury that an Ontario PC government would reverse the Wynne Liberals fuel tax increase, Thibeault inaccurately told a reporter there’s nothing within the People’s Guarantee “on NEO Kids.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. On page 67 of the People’s Guarantee there is a detailed plan about how the Ontario PCs will invest millions towards projects like the NEO Kids health hub in Sudbury. NEO Kids is mentioned twice by name in the document. “The People’s Guarantee offers a detailed vision for health care in Northern Ontario,” said Ontario PC MPP Vic Fedeli. “I would have expected a cabinet minister to have done his homework before trying to score cheap political points.” During Question Period, Fedeli delivered a copy of the People’s Guarantee to Thibeault with page 67 flagged for easy access. Not only is NEO Kids mentioned within the People’s Guarantee, Ontario PC Sudbury candidate Troy Crowder has authored a column, participated in charity events, and launched an online petition in support of the project. In an op-ed, Crowder said “supporting NEO Kids would be a huge first step towards receiving the services and infrastructure we so desperately need,” and “as the MPP for Sudbury, I will work tirelessly with NEO Kids to ensure as many children as possible can stay in Northeastern Ontario to get the care they need.” “Everyone agrees that NEO Kids should be a priority,” added Fedeli. “Instead of using inaccurate information to attack his opponents, Minister Thibeault should sit down with his colleagues in cabinet and actually deliver NEO Kids for Sudbury and Northern Ontario.”

Wynne’s botched attack on PC plan proves untrustworthiness

December 4, 2017
Kathleen Wynne was frantically calling Queen’s Park reporters from China this week to attack Patrick Brown and the Ontario PC’s People’s Guarantee. Wynne referenced a C.D. Howe study in making her case that the PC plan is more expensive and will do less to reduce emissions than her government’s cap-and-trade plan. The only problem with her attack? The author of the report she cites says she is “wrong.” “On both the added cost to households and the effect on Ontario’s emissions, the Premier is very wrong,” writes author Trevor Tombe. Tombe’s analysis concludes that under the PC plan, which includes a 22.5 per cent income tax cut for the middle class, all households will pay less in taxes. The PC plan is also better for the environment he concludes. “Kathleen Wynne launching false attacks from the other side of the world is a desperate tactic,” said PC MPP Lisa MacLeod. “We agree with the author - which Wynne cites - when he says that ‘focusing on these issues is productive; misleading voters into rejecting a straw man version of an opponent’s proposal is not.” “She should apologize to the study’s author for misrepresenting his work and to the public for deliberately misleading them to score cheap political points,” added MacLeod. Upon releasing his plan last week, Brown highlighted five achievable measures an Ontario PC government would take:
  • 22.5% lower income taxes for the middle class
  • A 75% refund of child care expenses
  • 12% more off your hydro bill
  • The largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history
  • The first-ever Trust, Integrity and Accountability Act
Tombe also said: “But that’s not the end of it. The overall cost to households depends critically on what governments do with the money. And the Liberal and Conservatives plans are very different.” “Simply put: households would tend to see higher disposable incomes under the PC proposal, not lower as the Premier claimed.” “Overall, the carbon price should be our measure of stringency. And on this metric, the PC proposal is more stringent than the current system.”

Change that Works for the North

December 2, 2017December 2, 2017
Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs will reverse the 148% aviation fuel tax increase on Northern airportsToday Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader, announced his plan to reverse the 148% aviation fuel tax for all Northern airports – large and small – brought in by Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal government. “The Wynne Liberals’ irresponsible 148% hike to the aviation fuel tax has made life harder and more costly for people living in Northern and remote fly-in communities,” said Brown.
An Ontario PC Government will support Northern communities and the hardworking people who live there by reversing the aviation fuel tax on Northern airports to pre-2014 levels. This tax reversal will help with the cost of living in Northern Ontario, and help these communities increase tourism, strengthen business development and attract jobs. “Aviation is not a luxury for people living in the North, it is a lifeline. These remote communities rely on air cargo to deliver necessities such as food, fuel and supplies,” said Brown. “The Wynne Liberals have raised the cost of living for everyone in these communities by recklessly increasing taxes on the fuel they rely on for their livelihood. This shows how out-of-touch the Wynne Liberals are with the people of Northern Ontario.” The People’s Guarantee is the Ontario PC Party’s plan to get Ontario back on track. It includes an entire section on Northern issues including building roads to the Ring of Fire, unlocking Northern Ontario’s mining opportunities, and bringing back the Northlander train service. The People’s Guarantee includes five key guarantees:
  • 22.5% lower income taxes for the middle class
  • 75% refund for child care expenses
  • 12% more off your hydro bill
  • Largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history
  • First-ever Trust, Integrity, and Accountability Act

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and Mayor John Tory Meet to Discuss Transit

December 1, 2017December 1, 2017
Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader, today met with Toronto Mayor John Tory to discuss how an Ontario PC government will make major investments in public transit to improve commuting times in the Greater Toronto Area. Rod Phillips, Ontario PC candidate for Ajax, also attended the meeting. “The people of Ontario rely on public transit to get to work, see family and friends and live their lives,” said Brown. “Under Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals, people have to get up at the crack of dawn just to beat highway traffic and commute times have gotten worse.” Brown noted that Toronto residents spend over an hour getting to and from work – one of the longest commutes in the world. Meanwhile, the Wynne Liberals have dragged their feet on funding the Scarborough subway, have delayed the construction of transit projects, and have failed to provide the leadership and funding necessary to get the GTA moving. “Long commute times are taking a toll on our health and wellbeing. They’re getting worse, not better – and that’s unacceptable,” said Brown. “The Ontario PC Party is going to take decisive action to improve public transit in the GTA so that people can get home to their families faster.” During a meeting with Mayor Tory, Brown announced that a PC government will:
  • Commit an additional $5 billion to build new subways in the Greater Toronto Area
  • Provide help for commuters across the GTA by ensuring that the provincial government assumes responsibility for maintenance and investments in Toronto’s subway system
  • Fund the Scarborough Subway Extension cost escalator
  • Fund the city’s portion of the Scarborough Subway Extension, subject to the City of Toronto making a significant financial investment to extend the Eglinton Crosstown project to Scarborough’s University of Toronto campus, and hopefully to Malvern
  • Commit to regional express rail electrification, Smart Track, and fare integration
  • Commit to improving Toronto-Ontario relations through regular meetings between Mayor Tory and Brown to discussed shared priorities
During their meeting Mayor Tory and Brown also how the Ontario PC Party’s plan, the People’s Guarantee, would help families in Toronto through measures such as a 75% refund of child care expenses, and the largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history. “It’s time for the provincial government to stop being part of the problem and start contributing to the solution to our transit challenges,” said Brown. “The City of Toronto needs a real partner at Queen's Park, be it on mental health, child care, or transit."

Mayor John Tory “heartened” and “delighted” following meeting with Patrick Brown to discuss People’s Guarantee

December 1, 2017
The People’s Guarantee would see sizable investments in Toronto transit
Earlier today, Mayor Tory made the following comments following his meeting with Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown:
On transit:  “I am very delighted that the PC Party, I think in a way that is unprecedented since my time there, has stepped up and has said transit is an important issue for the City of Toronto and for the GTA.” “Today Mr. Brown made it clear to me, as the platform document had done, that he would be focused, among other things, but he would be focused on Toronto transit.” “Mr. Brown has stepped up and addressed something that we’ve been trying to have addressed up by the province for a long time, the whole time I’ve been here, which is the escalator for the Scarborough subway…” “Mr. Brown has indicated a strong desire equal to my own to work together to get transit built if he is asked to form the next government. I am heartened by this. I am heartened by the detailed attention given to a number of Toronto’s high-priority issues.” “What Mr. Brown and the PC Party are saying is they want to make a substantial, meaningful, specific commitment to making that transit happen, both present and future and I think that’s a good step forward.” On child care:  “Mr. Brown, I should say, and the PCs, have also committed to significant assistance to families in the crucial area of child care funding." On mental health:  "I am especially pleased that the platform in addition to that also contains a specific, significant mental health initiative.” “I am very gratified that this very important area of public policy and good health for the people of Ontario has received significant attention from Mr. Brown and the Ontario PC Party.”

Ending Political Corruption in Ontario

November 30, 2017November 30, 2017
Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs will introduce the first-ever Trust, Integrity and Accountability Act
Today Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader, discussed his plan to clean up government and put hardworking families first with the first-ever Trust, Integrity, and Accountability Act with students from the University of Western Ontario. “Kathleen Wynne has betrayed the trust of Ontarians. While Liberal insiders get rich, Ontario families work harder, pay more, and get less,” said Brown. “We need to restore trust in government.”
This historic new accountability legislation will address a number of loopholes that have benefitted Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals while leaving Ontario families working harder, paying more, and getting less. “Under Kathleen Wynne, Liberal political corruption has flourished. They will say anything, do anything, and promise anything to get re-elected,” said Brown. “After 14 years in power, they’ll never change.” Measures include establishing clear performance targets for ministers, closing lobbying and fundraising loopholes, restoring Auditor General oversight over government advertising, and banning public agencies from expensing the cost of attending speeches by Ontario ministers. “The choice is clear: for 14 years Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals have put the interests of the Ontario Liberal Party and their insider friends ahead of your own,” concluded Brown. “The Ontario PCs will stop wasting your money, and close the door on scandal and political corruption. That’s real change that works for you: the people, not the insiders.” The first-ever Trust, Integrity and Accountability Act is one of five key measures included in the Ontario PCs plan to get Ontario back on track, called the People’s Guarantee. Additional measures include:
  • 22.5% lower income taxes for the middle class
  • 75% refund for child care expenses
  • 12% more off your hydro bill
  • The largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history

Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader Attends Rally in Caledon

November 29, 2017November 29, 2017
Tonight Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader, attended a meet and greet in Caledon to discuss the People’s Guarantee – Ontario PC Party’s plan to deliver change that works for Ontario. Local MPP Sylvia Jones joined Brown. “The People’s Guarantee lays out our vision and our plan to bring change that works for Ontario,” said Brown. “At its core it’s very simple. It’s recognition of the need for change that works for you: the people, not the insiders.”
In his remarks to an energetic crowd, Brown addressed the Ontario PCs plan to address skyrocketing hydro rates, lower taxes for middle class families, and prioritize mental health issues. “Under Kathleen Wynne, you work hard, you pay more, and you get less,” Brown added.  “The People’s Guarantee is a plan to treat the people of Ontario with respect, beginning with their hard-earned taxpayer dollars.” “The People’s Guarantee is many commitments, but at its core it’s very simple,” Brown concluded. “It’s a recognition of the need for change. Above all, it’s a plan for you. I’m not going to stop working for you, for Ontario. Together we’re going to bring real change to families.” The People’s Guarantee includes five achievable measures an Ontario PC government would take:
  • 22.5% lower income taxes for the middle class
  • 75% refund of child care expenses
  • 12% more off your hydro bill
  • The largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history
  • The first-ever Trust, Integrity and Accountability Act

Lowering Hydro Bills for Ontario Families

November 29, 2017

Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs will make life more affordable for families by lowering hydro bills by an additional 12%

Today Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader, laid out the Ontario PC plan to lower the average hydro bill by an additional 12%. This would save the average household $173 a year on their hydro bill. “Under Kathleen Wynne’s watch, families are struggling to pay their hydro bills,” said Brown. “We need to do better on hydro. Ontario families need a hydro bill they can afford. The Ontario PCs will deliver much-needed hydro relief to families by lowering the average hydro bill by an additional 12%.”

Hydro rates have tripled under Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals. Families pay $1,000 more today than they did when the Liberals took office. “The sad truth is we’re not paying for better service – we’re paying more while Liberal friends get rich,” Brown added. “The hard-earned money from Ontario families is being used to pay off a network of well-connected donors and insiders who have gamed the system with the help of Kathleen Wynne.” The Wynne Liberals have accepted $1.3 million in donations from companies who received thousands of energy contracts. These sweetheart deals have resulted in families overpaying by $9.2 billion for hydro. Kathleen Wynne also sold off the publicly-owned Hydro One in a fire sale to reward her donors and friends. “Kathleen Wynne’s policies have raised hydro rates to some of the highest in North America. If she’s re-elected, her government’s own internal documents and the Auditor General’s show that rates will skyrocket to the highest they’ve ever been,” said Brown. “Unlike the Liberals, our hydro relief will not be reversed after the next election. The Ontario PCs will fix hydro and provide real, lasting savings. That’s real help, delivered right on your hydro bill. That’s real change that works for families.” 12% more off your hydro bill is one of five key measures included in the Ontario PC Party’s plan to get Ontario back on track, called the People’s Guarantee. Additional measures in the People’s Guarantee include:
  • 22.5% lower income taxes for the middle class
  • 75% refund for child care expenses
  • The largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history
  • The first-ever Trust, Integrity and Accountability Act 

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown Shares the People’s Guarantee with members of the Vietnamese Community

November 28, 2017November 28, 2017
Ontario PC Party introduces motion to fly Vietnamese Freedom Flag Tonight Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown hosted a town hall with members of Toronto’s Vietnamese community during which he shared details from the Ontario PC Platform, the People’s Guarantee. “The People’s Guarantee is a platform is for people like you,” said Brown.  “It is a plan for entrepreneurs, strivers and battlers who believe in values like freedom and hard work. These are values our Vietnamese Community know well.”
The People’s Guarantee is fully costed and affordable, and contains specific plans to rebuild the economy, create jobs, respect tax dollars and close the door on political corruption. “We released the People’s Guarantee because you deserve to see the full story,” said Brown.  “It contains all of the commitments we intend to run on, and all of the commitments we intend to govern on. It recognizes that there’s nothing wrong with Ontario that can’t be fixed by a change in government.” The Ontario PC Party today introduced a motion at Queen’s Park to raise the Vietnamese Freedom Flag. “Our Ontario PC Party was proud to work with the Toronto Vietnamese community in recognizing Journey to Freedom Day and so proud to wear our Freedom scarves in the legislature,” said Brown. During the conversation, Brown touched five achievable measures an Ontario PC government would take as part of the People’s Guarantee.
  • 22.5% lower income taxes for the middle class.
  • A 75% refund of child care expenses.
  • 12% more off your hydro bill.
  • The largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history.
  • The first-ever Trust, Integrity and Accountability Act.
“In the end, platforms are just politicians’ words. The People’s Guarantee is different,” said Brown. “My promise to you is that if these measures are not enacted in the first mandate of an Ontario PC government, I will not seek a second.”

Ontario PC Party Will Lower Taxes for Those Who Need it Most

November 28, 2017
Today, Patrick Brown announced that as part of the Ontario PC Party’s People’s Guarantee, an Ontario PC Government will lower taxes for those who need it most. “Our guarantee is clear – an Ontario PC government will cut taxes for the middle class by 22.5% and reduce taxes for the first income tax bracket by 10%,” said Brown. “We’re going to use the tax system to give every Ontario worker a raise.  And, under our plan, it will be middle and lower income families who will benefit the most. We will also increase the Ontario Sales Tax Credit by $100 per adult and $100 per child in order to provide relief to Ontario’s low-income residents.” The People’s Guarantee is a fully costed and affordable commitment to Ontario. Under Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals, life has become unaffordable for Ontario workers. Between 2005 and 2015, Ontario families saw the slowest rate of income growth of any province in Canada, and Ontario workers are now poorer than the average Canadian. “Under Kathleen Wynne, you work harder, you pay more, and you get less,” said Brown.  “This is not right and this is not fair. The overall guarantee for everyone remains the same – those who work hard will see their taxes come down.” Under the Ontario PC plan, households making under $100,000 per year will see their taxes reduced by at least 25%. Households with incomes below $20,000 will receive six times more back in benefits than they currently pay in taxes. The People’s Guarantee is the Ontario PC Party’s plan to get Ontario back on track. The five guarantees include: ·      22.5% lower income taxes for the middle class ·      75% refund for child care expenses ·      12% more off your hydro bill ·      Largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history ·      First ever Trust, Integrity, and Accountability Act

The reviews are in on the People’s Guarantee

November 28, 2017
Stakeholder feedback on the People’s Guarantee
The “People’s Guarantee: change that works for Ontario.” It’s our platform. It’s our promise to voters. On Saturday Patrick Brown launched our plan, a full six months before the next election, to wide acclaim.
Toronto Star: “Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown has put forward a serious plan that will deserve serious consideration from Ontario voters.” On mental health: Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs have promised a $1.9 billion to build a comprehensive mental health system. This represents the largest provincial commitment in Canadian provincial history. “So pleased to see topping up elementary & secondary school supports for services targeted at improving mental health and well-being, including funding awareness campaigns as part of [People’s Guarantee]”
“…a potentially historic investment for the province.”
“We’re very pleased to see the commitment by Ontario PC Leader [Patrick Brown] to increase funding for mental health services for post-secondary students. This is a huge priority on our campuses.”
“Great to see such a commitment to mental health.  We need to invest more for those in crisis and those requiring adequate support”
On child care: Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs have promised to introduce a new Ontario child care refund to pay up to 75 per cent of a family’s childcare expenses, or up to $6,750 per child. “This proposal has two main advantages. First, it delivers the largest benefit to lower and middle income families who most need help with childcare expenses. Second, it supports flexibility for those families who need part-time care, shiftwork, or irregular care arrangements...” “…the Ontario PC childcare proposal offers improved, flexible benefits for all Ontario families.”
On housing: Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs are committed to making housing more affordable in Ontario by addressing Ontario’s supply problem. “Nice to see [an Ontario PC] commitment to create housing supply & support [affordable housing] by leveraging air rights along transit & underutilized parking lots.”
“Pleased that [Ontario PC Party] platform released today [People’s Guarantee] acknowledges challenge of low rental vacancy rates and promises to address the lack of rental supply.”
“Realtors are very pleased to see Patrick Brown and the Ontario Progressive Conservatives focus on affordable home ownership in their 2018 election platform. Their policy ideas on housing show that they have done their homework.”
On Northern Ontario: Patrick Brown has made Northern Ontario a priority since day one of his leadership. Patrick Brown and the Ontario PC’s have promised have an entire chapter devoted to Northern Ontario and are committed to realizing the region’s full potential. “Today's commitment by Patrick Brown to 'reverse the 148% increase to the aviation fuel tax for all Northern airports' is a welcome first step in addressing its impact on travellers, communities and the aviation industry.”
On transit: Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs have promised major investments in public transit, including a commitment to an additional $5 billion for new subways in the Greater Toronto Area. "Clear support for Mayor Tory's relief line and the Scarborough Subway Extension is welcome."
“The Board applauds the Ontario PC Party for making transit a priority issue. We think this is an important first step.”
“The PCs are also on the right track with their proposal to make subways a provincial responsibility and put $5 billion more into building them. That kind of transportation is increasingly a regional issue, and would be better handled by a regional authority.”
On Drive Clean: Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs have promised to scrap Drive Clean for cars, SUVs, and minivans. “Very pleased to see [Ontario PC Party] Leader [Patrick Brown] commit to scrapping the ineffective and wasteful Drive Clean program. It does little for the environment while wasting time and money for consumers & auto dealers”
On the fiscal track: The Ontario PC’s platform is fully costed and the fiscal estimates have been deemed reasonable by Kevin page. “The fiscal estimates underlying the Ontario PC platform have been deemed reasonable by the non-partisan Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy, University of Ottawa.”
  •  Kevin Page, former Parliamentary Budget Officer of Ontario (People’s Guarantee, Page 79)
“The IFSD believes that using the economic and fiscal assumptions from the Ontario Fall Economic Statement is a reasonable starting point for costing an election platform.”
On value for money: Taxpayers deserve value for money, and Ontarians deserve to see government spending go towards delivering services to those most in need. Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs have promised to conduct a value-for-money audit to ensure government funds are not wasted. “In my view, a government with firm attention to cost management can achieve savings in the range proposed by the Ontario PC platform.”
On post-secondary education: Patrick Brown and the Ontario PC’s funding will include targeted investments into mental health services at Ontario’s colleges and university campuses. “It’s great to see the commitment by Ontario PC Leader [Patrick Brown] to improve access to apprenticeship training.”
“…student mental health got a big boost this weekend when the [Ontario PC Party] platform included a $1.9 Billion commitment to mental health.”
On energy: Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs will provide hard-working families and businesses with urgent hydro relief, including lowering the average hydro bill by an additional 12 per cent. “The Ontario Energy Association (OEA) welcomes a number of elements of the PC Party’s People’s Guarantee that reflect policy positions put forward by the OEA.”
"We welcome the OPC's support of nuclear energy in Ontario.”
“[Patrick Brown] agree [Bruce Power] nuclear refurbs key to low-cost energy + creating jobs +clean air +medical isotopes”
On innovation: Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs will work with Canadian owned high growth firms to create a graduate tax credit for employers who work in that firm. “Pleased to see policy aimed at helping domestic tech firms scale-up in the [Ontario PC Party] platform released this weekend. Addressing Ontario’s access to talent gap is important for the growth of [Canada’s] high-tech ecosystem.”
On health care: Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs will act to reduce emergency room and hospital wait times. A key part of this plan will support other areas of healthcare so that emergency rooms can once again be used for emergencies. “The ideas Brown offered at the last healthcare roundtable were sensible. I found myself wondering if maybe he was the real deal. I’m spoiled; my MPP is great — Arnott works hard for our community. Is Brown cut from the same cloth? I’m beginning to think he is.”
“The CanCertainty Coalition, the united voice of 35 Canadian cancer organizations, applauds the Ontario PC party’s inclusion of funding for take-home cancer medications in their platform”
“We join [The CanCertainty Coalition] in applauding the [Ontario PC Party’s] commitment to equality for cancer patients”
On agriculture: Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs recognize the important role that farmers and the food processing sector play in Ontario. The People’s Guarantee offers a number of supports for Ontario farmers, including increasing the Risk Management Program cap by $50 million and allowing unused portions to rollover to the next year. “We are pleased to see the PC party include policies for growing the non-supply managed agriculture sector in its policy platform.”
“Grain Farmers of Ontario applauds Ontario’s PC party for including support for growing the grains and oilseeds sector among their policy commitments.”

Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader Hosts Town Hall in Port Hope

November 27, 2017November 27, 2017
Tonight Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader, attended a town hall in Port hope to discuss the Ontario PC Party’s plan to get Ontario back on the right track, the People’s Guarantee. PC MPP Todd Smith, and PC candidates Daryl Kramp, David Piccini, Dave Smith and Peter Bethlenfalvy joined Brown. “The People’s Guarantee lays out our vision and our plan to bring change that works for Ontario,” said Brown. “At its core it’s very simple. It’s recognition of the need for change that works for you:  the people, not the insiders.
Taking questions from the audience, Brown addressed issues ranging from how the Ontario PCs will restore trust in government, ensuring value for money for taxpayers, and addressing the province’s skyrocketing hydro rates. “The People’s Guarantee is many commitments, but at its core it’s very simple,” Brown added. “It’s recognition of the need for change. It’s a promise of accountability to the people of Ontario. And above all, it’s a plan for you. That’s my Guarantee – the People’s Guarantee.” The People’s Guarantee includes five achievable measures an Ontario PC government would take:
  • 22.5% lower income taxes for the middle class
  • A 75% refund of child care expenses
  • 12% more off your hydro bill
  • The largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history
  • The first-ever Trust, Integrity and Accountability Act

Lowering Taxes for the Middle Class

November 27, 2017
Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs will lower the tax burden for families earning under $100,000 by at least 25%
Today Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader, laid out his plan to lower taxes for the middle class by cutting middle and lower income tax rates and increasing the Ontario Sales Tax Credit.
“Families in every corner of the province are struggling to make ends meet. They need a break,” said Brown. “Ontario will cut taxes for middle class families to make life more affordable.”
Ontario has lost its traditional above-average income status in Canada. In the 1990s, Ontario’s average income was 10% above the national average but, in 2012, incomes in Ontario fell below the national average for the first time ever. Ontario families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. That’s why the government needs to do more to alleviate the tax burden on the middle class. Over the course of the mandate, Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs will cut personal income taxes for the middle-class tax bracket – on income between about $45,000 and $80,000 – by 22.5%.
In addition, Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs will cut personal income taxes for the first income tax bracket – on income between $0 and about $45,000 – by 10%. Finally, they will increase the Ontario Sales Tax Credit by $100 per adult and $100 per child in order to provide relief to Ontario’s low-income residents. “Households earning $100,000 or less will see at least a 25% tax reduction,” Brown said. “Families earning between $100,000 and $200,000 will see on average a 20% reduction in their tax owing, while families with incomes above $200,000 will see on average a 7% reduction in tax owing.” Cutting middle class taxes by 22.5% is one of five key measures included in the Ontario PC Party’s plan to get Ontario back on track, called the People’s Guarantee. Additional measures in the People’s Guarantee include:
  • 75% refund for child care expenses
  • 12% more off your hydro bill
  • The largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history
  • The first-ever Trust, Integrity and Accountability Act 

Making Child Care More Attainable and Affordable

November 26, 2017November 26, 2017
Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs will pay up to 75% of child care expenses for Ontario families Today Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader, announced that an Ontario PC government will introduce a new Ontario Child Care Refund for up to 75% of child care expenses, or up to $6,750 per child. “Families in every corner of the province are struggling to find child care. If they can find it, they struggle to pay for it,” said Brown. “Ontario families need relief. The Ontario PCs will make child care more attainable and more affordable.”
Ontario has the highest child care costs in the country. The Ontario Child Care Refund will supplement the current federal Child Care Expense Deduction, which fails to provide substantial relief to lower-income families. “An Ontario PC government will pay up to three quarters of child care costs for lower-income families,” Brown added. “Under our plan, a single parent who has a child under six and earns less than $35,000 per year will be eligible for a refund of up to $6,750.” To make child care more attainable, Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs will build 100,000 new child care spaces. “The Ontario PCs will deliver much-needed relief to families. This will put money back in the pockets of hardworking families, delivered monthly to those who qualify,” said Brown. “That’s real change that works for families.” Covering up to 75% of child care costs for Ontario families is one of five key measures included in the Ontario PC Party’s plan to get Ontario back on track, called the People’s Guarantee. Additional measures in the People’s Guarantee include:
  • 22.5% lower income taxes for the middle class
  • 12% more off your hydro bill
  • The largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history
  • The first-ever Trust, Integrity and Accountability Act 

Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs release the People’s Guarantee

November 25, 2017November 25, 2017

PCs release plan to bring change to Ontario a full six months before the election

Today in a speech delivered at the Ontario PC Party’s policy convention, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown unveiled the Party’s platform, called the People’s Guarantee. “The People’s Guarantee lays out our vision and our plan to bring change that works for Ontario,” said Brown. “At its core it’s very simple. It’s a recognition of the need for change that works for you:  the people, not the insiders.”

The People’s Guarantee is the product of the most exhaustive and inclusive policy development process in the history of the Ontario PC Party. The process began in March 2016, and culminated in over 130 policy resolutions that were voted on and supported by party membership to form the basis of the plan. The platform is fully costed and the fiscal estimates have been reviewed and “deemed reasonable” by former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page from the non-partisan Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa. In his speech to Party members, Brown highlighted five achievable measures an Ontario PC government would take:

  • 22.5% lower income taxes for the middle class
  • A 75% refund of child care expenses
  • 12% more off your hydro bill
  • The largest mental health commitment in Canadian provincial history
  • The first-ever Trust, Integrity and Accountability Act

“In the end, platforms are just politicians’ words. The People’s Guarantee is different,” said Brown. “I’m signing my name to it, and so is every Ontario PC candidate. My promise to you is that if these measures are not enacted in the first mandate of an Ontario PC government, I will not seek a second.” “The People’s Guarantee is an expression of our profound belief that Ontario is great because its people are great,” Brown concluded. “It recognizes that there’s nothing wrong with Ontario that can’t be fixed by a change in government. It’s time for change that works for Ontario.”

The People’s Guarantee was ratified by the Caucus and the Policy Committee of the Party as required by section 22.3 of the PC Party Constitution.

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown Commemorating Holodomor Memorial Day

November 25, 2017

“Today, I join our Ukrainian friends and neighbours across Ontario, Canada, and throughout the world in remembering and honouring the millions who lost their lives during the atrocities of the Holodomor genocide.

“During this dark chapter of history, Ukrainian men, women, and children were cruelly and deliberately starved to death by Joseph Stalin’s Soviet regime between 1932-1933.  This crime against humanity devastated families, cut off one generation from the next, and left a trail of horror and sorrow in its wake.

“By commemorating the victims of the Holodomor, we remind ourselves that we share a responsibility to advance our values—freedom and respect for human rights and the rule of law—and to oppose tyranny in all its forms.

“I have seen our Ukrainian friends’ love of country and community firsthand in the festivals, parades, and events I have been honoured to be a part of over the years.  I could not have been more proud that Canada was the first country to recognize Ukrainian independence in 1991, and the first to call the Holodomor precisely what it was—genocide.

“Ontarians of Ukrainian descent have been making significant contributions to our province and country’s social, cultural, and economic development since the earliest years of Canada’s history.  From the bravery and patriotism of decorated war hero Filip Konowal in World War I, to the contributions to Canadian multiculturalism made by individuals like Paul Yuzuk, Ukrainian-Canadians continue to make a positive mark in communities all across our great province.

“Ontario’s Ukrainian community continues to be an invaluable part of our social and cultural fabric.  This time of mourning and remembrance provides us with the opportunity to learn more about the Ukrainian people’s harrowing history, and to reflect on the values we hold that recognize the dignity of all people.

“Let us never forget the unspeakable depths to which humanity can sink, and may we always remember the unbreakable spirit of the Ukrainian people.”

Ontario PCs call for splitting of omnibus finance bill

November 22, 2017November 22, 2017
The Wynne Liberals are yet again shutting down debate on important public policy matters that deserve to be considered on their own merit by ramming through a number of unrelated issues into a single massive omnibus bill. The Ontario PC Caucus is demanding the Liberals separate the non-finance related aspects of Bill 177, the fall financial legislation. In an open letter, Ontario PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli criticized the Wynne Liberals for trying to rush through unrelated issues without proper consideration and debate. “This is the same cynical approach the government has taken with Bill 174 dealing with cannabis sales, where unrelated legislation affecting e-cigarettes and school bus cameras was inexplicably attached to the cannabis-specific schedules of the bill,” wrote Fedeli. Fedeli noted there are many schedules of the bill the Ontario PC caucus supports, including those implementing safety recommendations from the Elliot Lake mall collapse inquiry, and Schedule 43, which would establish a Francophone university – something PC Leader Patrick Brown has led the charge on. “The Ontario PC caucus is requesting that the aforementioned schedules of Bill 177, as well as other non-Fall Economic Statement schedules, be removed and introduced in the Legislature as separate pieces of legislation.  They deserve to be considered on their own merit.  We will further push for amendments where necessary to the finance-specific schedules of the bill to try to improve the legislation,” Fedeli wrote. “We cannot support the financial direction of a government who has allowed debt to spiral out of control beyond $300 billion.”

Wynne Liberals cynically shutting down debate on important public safety issues: Ontario PCs

November 22, 2017
Once again, the Wynne Liberals are using their majority government to shut down debate at Queen’s Park, charged Ontario PC House Leader Jim Wilson this morning as MPPs debated a Wynne Liberal time allocation motion on Bill 174, the government’s omnibus cannabis legislation. “This is one of the most critical public safety debates in our generation and the Liberals are using cynical legislative tactics to shut down debate and quiet the opposition,” said Wilson. “This bill will impact everything from road safety to workplace safety and law enforcement. It’s important the Legislature has had the opportunity to hear every different perspective.” “The Ontario PCs support aspects of the retail model, but we have major concerns with the way the Liberals are bundling the bill.” The Wynne Liberals’ omnibus cannabis bill includes a number of unrelated provisions on wide-ranging topics, including school bus cameras. The Ontario PCs have introduced a number of motions to separate the sweeping bill so that the different issues can be debated separately on their own merits. The Wynne Liberals have shouted down the motion each time. “It’s disgusting that the Liberals are playing politics with issues as important as school bus safety. This government is so cynical that they will use the safety of children to try and score political points against their opponents,” said Wilson. On top of that, the government has already time allocated third reading debate to 10 minutes on Bill 148, another omnibus bill, which independent experts have said will cost 90,000 jobs. “We all know the Wynne Liberals will do or say anything to cling to power. That apparently includes steamrolling over honest and thoughtful debate in the democratically elected house on important issues of the day,” concluded Wilson. “It’s time for a government that works in the best-interests of the people of Ontario, not their political self-interests.”

Financial Accountability Officer proves long-term benefits of nuclear power in Ontario

November 21, 2017November 21, 2017
This morning the Financial Accountability Officer released a report about the economics of nuclear power, and concluded that nuclear refurbishment “is projected to provide ratepayers with a long-term supply of relatively low-cost, low emissions electricity.” Ontario PC Energy Critic Todd Smith said, “The Ontario PCs support the future of nuclear power in Ontario. Nuclear energy is one of the most affordable, reliable and emission-free sources of electricity and needs to play a long-term role in Ontario’s future electricity planning.” “Unfortunately, following the leak of secret energy negotiations with Quebec for power we don’t need, the Wynne Liberals could be putting good-paying nuclear jobs in Ontario at risk.” The Society of Energy Professionals said that the draft agreement with Quebec “threatens the early closure of Pickering Nuclear Generating Station and the loss of 4,500 jobs in the Durham area.” Bill Walker, the Chair of the Ontario PC Nuclear Caucus added, “The FAO confirms that ratepayers will benefit from the continued operation of nuclear plants, like Bruce Power, Darlington, and Pickering.” “Continued investments in nuclear power will help keep rates down and help Ontario families pay less and get ahead.”

Ontario PCs call on the Wynne Liberals to match college student’s fund dollar for dollar

November 20, 2017November 20, 2017
In the wake of a record long college strike, in which students were forced to take on unmeasurable financial hardships, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown called on the Wynne Liberal government to match the college’s fund dollar for dollar. “The Wynne Liberals let the college strike drag on for far too long, putting students through unquestionable financial stress,” said Brown. “It’s good that the government is forcing colleges to set up this fund, but it’s time for the government to go one step forward and match this fund dollar for dollar.” The media have reported on a wide range of students who were forced to take on unexpected costs as a result of the college strike. Some students were forced to sell personal belongings just to make ends meet. “Over the course of the strike, many students have grown disillusioned with the democratic process. The government needs to take action to fix this – to show students that their voices are being listened to,” added Brown. “Matching the fund will go a long way to addressing this. It’s putting money where your mouth is.” "Life is harder for people in Ontario under the Wynne Liberals, and over 14 years everyone is paying more and getting less. It's time for change for the better," concluded Brown.

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the College Strike

November 17, 2017November 17, 2017
“Under Premier Kathleen Wynne’s watch, we have witnessed the longest college strike in Ontario’s history. Over 500,000 students have been caught in the crossfire. “I called for action at the beginning of the strike to bring both sides back to the bargaining table. Kathleen Wynne could have stepped in earlier to fix this, starting on October 15.  Instead she waited weeks before weighing in.  This is unacceptable. “We are regrettably now at the point of debating back-to-work legislation – which the Ontario PCs will support. Our first priority is to get college students back in class on Monday morning, and we are prepared to work all weekend to get this done. “We hope that all sides – regardless of partisan stripes – can put the political games aside. It is unfortunate that this strike will cause a ripple effect of issues for months to come, but let’s focus on the most important task at hand and get students back to class on Monday.”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the end of the college strike

November 17, 2017
“Under Premier Kathleen Wynne’s watch, we have witnessed the longest college strike in Ontario’s history. Over 500,000 students have been caught in the crossfire. “I called for action at the beginning of the strike to bring both sides back to the bargaining table. Kathleen Wynne could have stepped in earlier to fix this, starting on October 15.  Instead she waited weeks before weighing in.  This is unacceptable. “We are regrettably now at the point of debating back-to-work legislation – which the Ontario PCs will support. Our first priority is to get college students back in class on Monday morning, and we are prepared to work all weekend to get this done. “We hope that all sides – regardless of partisan stripes – can put the political games aside. It is unfortunate that this strike will cause a ripple effect of issues for months to come, but let’s focus on the most important task at hand and get students back to class on Monday.”

Wynne Liberals lining the board of their secret home care agency with insider friends

November 16, 2017November 16, 2017
The Wynne Liberals’ controversial, new home care agency came under fire again this morning at Queen’s Park. During Question Period, the Ontario PCs pointed out that Liberal insider Barry Monaghan has been tasked to head the agency. Barry Monaghan is no stranger to controversy. He previously served as the CEO of the Toronto Central LHIN, where he earned $1.1 million in salary over a three year period.  Despite resigning the position in 2007, Monaghan was paid $351,000 in salary the following year. While collecting this salary, Monaghan received a $104,000 consulting contract from the Mississauga-Halton LHIN. “Barry Monaghan’s sweetheart contracts have already taken more than $455,000 out of needed care. How much more money will be taken out of the front-lines while Barry Monaghan gets rich?” said Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown. “How can the people of Ontario trust this agency to get it right when they are stacking the agency with Kathleen Wynne`s insiders?” The Liberals have been unable or unwilling to answer basic questions about this new agency, including whether or not it will benefit Service Employees International Union (SEIU), an insider group with cozy ties to the Ontario Liberal Party that has been bankrolling a smear campaign against Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown. The Liberals tried to bury the announcement of this new agency as a bullet at the bottom of a press release, but industry associations were quick to catch on and blast the move as unnecessarily bureaucratic and taking resources out of front-line care. “The whole thing doesn’t pass the smell test. The whole thing smacks of shady ‘I scratch your back, you scratch mine’ politics,” added Brown. “The Wynne Liberals need to come clean about this secret, new agency today.” The Ontario PCs have been calling on the Wynne Liberals to release all of the documents surrounding this agency, and to this point the Liberals have refused to hand them over. Timeline of Events:
  • November 18th-20th, 2016: Michael Spitale, SEIU Healthcare’s lobbyist, is acclaimed as the President of the Ontario Liberal Party at their AGM.
  • April 27th, 2017: The Wynne Liberals release the 2017 Budget which includes a mandatory registry and training program for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) that will be an exclusive partnership with SEIU.
  • May 19th, 2017: OPSEU and OPSWA blast the registry and training program for PSWs, with Smokey Thomas saying “This whole affair smacks of shady inside relationships that dangerously erode union democracy and the rights of workers to choose.”
  • July 6th, 2017: Michael Spitale resigns as President of the Ontario Liberal Party, because according to a party spokesperson he “has agreed to take on more responsibilities within the union.”
  • September 20th, 2017: Working Ontario Women registers as a not-for-profit
  • October 5th, 2017: The Wynne Liberals announce the creation of the new home care agency as a bullet buried at the bottom of a press release.
  • October 12th, 2017: Working Ontario Women launches their new ad blitz with an exclusive story in the Toronto Star.
  • November 6th, 2017: The CBC first reports on the new home care agency, and interviews stakeholders concerned about the changes.
  • November 7th, 2017: Connections are made between SEIU and the new home care organization.
  • November 7th, 2017: After answering many questions at an unrelated media avail, Premier Wynne ducks questions about this secret new agency, passing off the questions to her Minister of Health.
  • November 9th, 2017: Ontario’s third party advertising limits kick in.

PC Caucus tables motion condemning persecution of Christians

November 15, 2017November 15, 2017
Today, Thornhill MPP Gila Martow tabled a motion in the Ontario Legislature condemning ongoing and historic persecution of Christians around the world.  Maronites, Armenian, Coptic, Chaldean, Syriac, Assyrian and Eastern Christians throughout the Middle East and South Asia continue to be targeted by extremist groups.  Many, including the Yazidi people, have even been subjected to genocide at the hands of terrorist groups such as ISIS. "Ontario prides itself as a one of the few successful examples of multiculturalism in the world. I am asking us all to stand in solidarity with faith communities in other parts of the world who do not enjoy our level of peace, harmony and security,” stated MPP Martow. The motion acknowledges that many Christians are being targeted by extremist groups like ISIS.  It calls on the government to condemn the ongoing and historic persecution of Christians around the world and uphold the right to freedom of religion by supporting refugees fleeing conflict areas. "It is important we take a stand against tyranny, persecution and genocide against Christians in the Middle East and South Asia,” said Lisa MacLeod, PC Critic for the Anti-Racism Secretariat. “As Ontarians we uphold human rights and equality in our own province and should advocate for basic protections elsewhere in the world for those of all faiths.  As a Christian, I am concerned by the human rights abuses against so many Christians in other countries and I am pleased to see his motion address those inhumanities.”

Ontario PC Caucus’ Position on Separating the Cannabis Omnibus Bill

November 15, 2017
Statement from Ontario PC House Leader Jim Wilson: “Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs support an approach to cannabis implementation that puts Ontario families first.  We have significant concerns about how the Wynne Liberals are moving forward.  They pay lip service to protecting public safety yet are silent on providing additional resources or support to police such as training, funding, and an essential roadside test for impaired driving. “Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs support aspects of the retail distribution model including allowing the LCBO to set up 40 stores in 2018. “We insist that elements of the legislation that have nothing to do with meeting the July 1, 2018 deadline be separated from the legislation. The Highway Traffic Act amendments, including the school bus camera amendments, and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act should be separated from the omnibus bill. “As House Leader, I will work to separate these elements of the Bill into different pieces of legislation. They deserve to be debated on their own merits. “Without these changes, we will oppose the legislation in its current form.”

Fall Economic Statement shows Ontario families deserve a more responsible approach to the economy: Ontario PCs

November 14, 2017November 14, 2017
PCs will phase-in rushed $15 minimum wage hike Today the Ontario PCs explained that the Fall Economic Statement is part of a trend of reckless, pre-election ploys rolled out by the Wynne Liberals who cannot be trusted to improve the lives of Ontario families. “Under the Liberals, life is not getting better for Ontarians. Middle-class wages have stagnated while the cost of everything from groceries to gas has gone up. This government has had 14 years to fix wages, but instead are choosing to be reckless in an election year,” said Ontario PC Labour Critic John Yakabuski. “Ontario families deserve a more responsible approach.” "Ontario deserves a minimum wage increase, but the Wynne Liberals are recklessly pushing forward with this hike as a ploy to buy votes,” said Yakabuski.  “Wynne's plan will lead to massive job losses across the province. It will severely damage Ontario’s competitiveness, and it will make everything more expensive, including gas and groceries.” Today the Ontario PCs announced that if elected, the increase of the minimum wage from $14/hour to $15/hour will be phased in over a four year period. This means the minimum wage would increase by $0.25 each year over the PC mandate, starting in 2019 and reaching $15/hour on January 1, 2022. “The Fall Economic Statement is proof that the Liberals didn’t do their homework,” added Fedeli. “Rather than slow down their minimum wage hike, they are just trying to throw more money at the problem. This band-aid will do nothing for a business with no income or employees left.” “On top of that, the Liberals are continuing to cook the books in an election year. This will only leave Ontario families working harder, paying more, and getting less,” concluded Fedeli. “This government continues to ignore the independent experts, like the Auditor General and the Financial Accountability Officer, and continue to plow ahead with their shady accounting practices.” “It’s time for a change in Ontario. The Ontario PCs will take a more responsible approach to managing our province’s economy, and will make it easier for your family to make ends meet and get ahead.”

Wynne Liberals creating a secret new home care agency to benefit insider friends

November 9, 2017November 9, 2017
Ontario PCs say this “cozy” relationship dangerously erodes democracy Following reports that the Liberal Government is creating a controversial, new home care agency that could benefit a key Wynne ally, the PCs are blasting the Liberals for policy-making that is eroding Ontario’s democracy. Sources within the health care industry say the largest beneficiary of this new agency won’t be the patients, but SEIU Healthcare, which is well-known for their “cozy ties” to the Ontario Liberal Party. SEIU is bankrolling Working Ontario Women, a front-group running a massive attack ad campaign against Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown. “The Ontario PCs can take a punch. We knew all along that taking down a politically corrupt party would get ugly,” said Ontario PC Ethics and Accountability Critic and Deputy Leader Steve Clark who called on the Wynne Liberals to release the following:
  • Confirmation from the Wynne Liberals if the creation of this secret agency had anything to do with the Working Ontario Women ads we are seeing on the airwaves;
  • The immediate release of the details of any meetings the Wynne Liberals have had with SEIU in the last couple of months;
  • The immediate release of details of any and all consultations the Wynne Liberals had with stakeholder organizations during the creation of this new, secret agency; and
  • The immediate release of information showing how this new agency will improve patient care.
“Clearly the creation of this secret agency was a political decision. Everyone in the industry knows it,” says PC MPP Jeff Yurek. “Kathleen Wynne’s been caught making policy that’s bad for Ontario and good for their insider friends.” Yurek noted that the Wynne Liberals tried to bury this announcement as a bullet at the bottom of a press release, and pointed out that organizations like Patients Canada, Home Care Ontario, and the Ontario Personal Support Workers Association have been critical. “For years, this Liberal Government has looked out for the interests of insiders and the well-connected first, leaving everyday Ontario families working harder, paying more, and getting less,” said PC MPP Lisa Thompson (Huron-Bruce). “Life is good for Kathleen Wynne and her insider friends, and they will do or say anything to keep it that way.” "The people of Ontario deserve answers. They deserve better than this ‘I scratch your back, you scratch mine’ culture of politics," concluded Clark. "They deserve to know whether or not their tax dollars are going towards the purchasing of Liberal attack ads." Timeline of Events:
  • November 18th-20th, 2016: Michael Spitale, SEIU Healthcare’s lobbyist, is acclaimed as the President of the Ontario Liberal Party at their AGM.
  • April 27th, 2017: The Wynne Liberals release the 2017 Budget which includes a mandatory registry and training program for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) that will be an exclusive partnership with SEIU.
  • May 19th, 2017: OPSEU and OPSWA blast the registry and training program for PSWs, with Smokey Thomas saying “This whole affair smacks of shady inside relationships that dangerously erode union democracy and the rights of workers to choose.”
  • July 6th, 2017: Michael Spitale resigns as President of the Ontario Liberal Party, because according to a party spokesperson he “has agreed to take on more responsibilities within the union.”
  • September 20th, 2017: Working Ontario Women registers as a not-for-profit
  • October 5th, 2017: The Wynne Liberals announce the creation of the new home care agency as a bullet buried at the bottom of a press release.
  • October 12th, 2017: Working Ontario Women launches their new ad blitz with an exclusive story in the Toronto Star.
  • November 6th, 2017: The CBC first reports on the new home care agency, and interviews stakeholders concerned about the changes.
  • November 7th, 2017: Connections are made between SEIU and the new home care organization.
  • November 9th, 2017: Ontario’s third party advertising limits kick in.

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown highlights Northern Ontario’s potential during a visit to Thunder Bay

November 8, 2017November 8, 2017
This morning, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown was in Thunder Bay to share his vision for Northern Ontario. “I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Northern Ontario 30 times since I was elected Leader of the Ontario PC Party. The North has so much to offer. From beautiful landscapes to a dynamic population, the North truly has limitless potential,” said Brown. “Unfortunately Northern Ontario has been little more than an afterthought to Kathleen Wynne, and lately we’ve seen the Liberals’ complete disregard for Northern Ontario shining through.” Brown pointed to MPP Lou Rinaldi’s recent comment referring to Northern Ontario as a “no man’s land,” and the fact that Wynne Liberal cabinet minister and Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro was “indifferent” about northern representation on an important government body. “Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals might not think northern representation is important. But, let me tell you, the Ontario PCs do,” added Brown. “We want to ensure your voice is heard. Because for 14 years Liberal policies have left Northern Ontario families working harder, paying more and getting less.” Brown highlighted the Ontario PC’s consultation process which gives Northern Ontarians an exclusive opportunity to vote on policy resolutions that impact the region. “The Ontario PCs have made the North a priority since day one, and will continue to do so,” concluded Brown.

Liberals defend creation of controversial new agency benefitting key Wynne ally

November 7, 2017November 7, 2017
Experts say agency will benefit Liberal insider group that is bankrolling attack ad campaign against Patrick Brown This morning at a media avail featuring the Premier and Minister of Health, the Wynne Liberals defended the creation of a secret new home care agency that would benefit Liberal-friendly SEIU. Industry leaders have said the “the biggest beneficiary of a new government-run home-care agency will not be the patients receiving home care, but one particular union: SEIU Healthcare,” which is currently bankrolling Working Ontario Women, an organization running a baseless attack ad campaign against Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown. Rather than tout the creation of this new agency, the Liberals buried it quietly last month. However, industry experts and home care agencies were quick to catch on and have since blasted the change. The head of the Ontario Personal Support Worker Association has said, “to be honest I don’t know how this is going to work,” and the Chair of Patients Canada has said, “Why don't they let there just be more choice and flexibility in the existing home care set up?” Home Care Ontario has criticized the consultation process saying, “We don’t understand why we have not been informed and consulted,” and urged the government to stop the implementation. While getting grilled by media, Minister Hoskins referenced the new mandatory Personal Support Workers registry. When the registry was first announced, OPSEU President Smokey Thomas pointed to SEIU’s close relationship to the Ontario Liberal Party, and said “This whole affair smacks of shady inside relationships that dangerously erode union democracy and the rights of workers to choose.” “Life is good for Kathleen Wynne and her insider friends, and they will do or say anything to keep it that way,” said Ontario PC Ethics and Accountability Critic Steve Clark. “The creation of this secret new agency that industry experts say will line the pockets of SEIU happens to come the same month that the Wynne Liberal insider group launched a smear campaign against Patrick Brown.” “This appears to be nothing more than ‘I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine’ politics at its finest.”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown Celebrating the Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

November 4, 2017November 4, 2017

“I am delighted to join our Sikh friends and neighbours in Ontario, Canada, and throughout the world in celebrating the birth of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

“Guru Nanank Dev Ji founded Sikhism on the principles of the equality of all humans, service to community and those in need, and living an honest life.

“Our Sikh friends and neighbours are a vital part of Ontario’s multicultural fabric. For over 100 years, Ontario’s Sikh community—which values family, faith and service to others—has had a remarkable impact on the building of our great province.  We take pride in the vibrant, hardworking, and 200,000-strong Sikh community in Ontario as you continue to make a positive mark in every sector, field, and endeavor.

“Please accept my best wishes for a meaningful and enriching celebration of the life and legacy of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.”

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MPP McNaughton: Too Many Being Left Behind

November 3, 2017November 3, 2017
Labour force survey confirms deep economic disparities across the province This morning, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP, Monte McNaughton spoke about the StatsCan monthly Labour Force Survey for October, which was released today. The survey showed an increase to the province’s unemployment rate, with Southwestern and Northern Ontario particularly hard hit. “Southwestern and Northern Ontario has borne the brunt of many poor government policies,” said McNaughton. “It’s troubling to see an employment downturn in areas like London, Windsor, and Sudbury, where families are already struggling to pay for expensive necessities like hydro and housing.” McNaughton also pointed to a Fraser Institute report released this week which showed 98.6 percent of all new net jobs in Ontario between 2008 and 2016 were in the Toronto and Ottawa census metropolitan areas, indicating there’s been little or no economic recovery outside of the two major cities. “There are too many people being left behind,” said McNaughton. “Opportunity and economic growth haven’t returned to many corners of the province, and the government seems to be unwilling or unable to address this disparity.” The Fraser report indicated that Northern, Eastern, and Southwestern Ontario were not only lagging in job creation, but also in per capita employment income. Areas such as Cornwall, Sarnia, and Sault Ste. Marie have been particularly hard hit. “Families and businesses have been held back by this government’s poor economic policies since the recession, all while the cost of living continues to rise,” summarized McNaughton. “Almost a decade later and we’re still waiting for a real economic plan. Taxpayers deserve better than this unaccountable government and a stagnant economy.” 

Ontario PC candidate joins Mayor Jeffrey’s call for Ministry intervention into crisis at Brampton Hospital

November 3, 2017
Yesterday, Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey blasted the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in an open letter to residents saying that Brampton’s “health care facilities are currently in crisis.” Mayor Jeffrey’s open letter comes in the wake of scathing media reports showing 4,352 patients have been admitted to the hallways at Brampton Civic Hospital. Ontario PC Brampton South Candidate Prabmeet Sarkaria joined Mayor Jeffrey’s calls, and urged the Minister of Health to take immediate action, saying, “Hallway health care is treatment that no patient should expect, especially in Ontario. The Liberals have spent the last 14 years making cuts to our health care system, and Liberal MPPs in the Brampton area have failed to advocate for their community’s needs. Brampton deserves better.” Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek have raised the occupancy issues at Brampton Civic Hospital at Queen’s Park during Question Period, including earlier in the week when Yurek said, “This government is responsible for Ontario’s hospitals suffering through four years of budget freezes. This government has continued to cut funding, pushing our hospitals to a breaking point. Now over 4,000 hallway patients at the Brampton Civic Hospital are paying the price.” Mayor Jeffrey’s letter called for additional resources in one of Canada’s busiest emergency departments. She noted that she was worried about the “ability of our health care professionals to continue to sustain this pace without some serious intervention by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.” She also noted that Brampton’s health care infrastructure and operational funding did not keep pace with Brampton’s explosive growth. “Mayor Jeffrey’s letter hits the nail on the head. It’s time for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to step in immediately and resolve this health care crisis.” concluded Sarkaria.

Romano questions Premier’s commitment to Essar Steel and Huron Central Railway

November 2, 2017November 2, 2017
MPP Ross Romano is calling on the Liberal government today in the legislature to justify their lack of commitment to northern steel production and transportation infrastructure. Back in January, during the Sault Ste. Marie by-election, the Premier attended the city and spoke of the importance of the steel industry to Ontario and to Sault Ste. Marie. As the city’s largest employer, the Premier discussed the on-going Essar Steel Algoma (Algoma Inc.) CCAA protection proceedings and how the inability to resolve this issue quickly has left many worried about the future economic prosperity of Sault Ste. Marie. Frustrated by the government’s lack of action, Romano called on the Liberals to explain exactly what they have been doing to resolve this three year-long concern since promising to be at the table. “The municipality is owed millions in back taxes and may be forced to reduce services or increase taxes to cover the loss,” said Romano. “Steel workers and retirees are worried about the status of their pensions,” stating further that the CCAA process has also resulted in a hit to local business while the “whole economy waits in limbo”. In a follow-up, Romano discussed the vital operation of Huron Central Railway; a short line rail service that delivers product to market in Northern Ontario. During frequent meetings with MPP Romano, Huron Central expressed their need for infrastructure improvement funding to maintain their operations. A request, they say, the government is not willing to meet. With Algoma Inc., Eacom, and Domtar consisting of essentially all of Huron Central’s freight operations, the closing of the line would have substantial economic consequences to all of Northern Ontario and may be a further impediment to the CCAA restructuring process. “Northern Ontario’s economy depends on this train and our workers depend on these jobs. Yet in a time of great need, the Premier turned her back on us.”

Statement regarding the events of November 1984

November 1, 2017November 1, 2017
“The tragic events of 1984 led to the displacement of countless Sikh families—many of whom resettled here to begin new lives as part of the Canadian family. “We are fortunate to live in a province and nation that cherishes freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. “Our 200,000-strong Sikh community reflects the values that we cherish in Ontario—tolerance, equality, and diversity.   “Since before Confederation, Sikh Canadians have been making significant contributions to our culture and development, and inspire all of us with their historical triumphs over adversity and prejudice. “Ontarians of Sikh descent have fought courageously in times of war.  They have helped foster reconciliation in times of peace.  They represent a remarkable success story, and reflect the truth that opportunity exists for people of all walks of life in Ontario. “We must always stand up against injustice, and use our collective voice to speak out against the violation of international human rights. “Together, all of us can work to ensure that the values we champion—freedom, democracy, and respect for the dignity of all people—are what unite Ontarians of all backgrounds.”

Overcrowding at Brampton Hospital Unacceptable: Ontario PCs

October 31, 2017October 31, 2017
In the wake of scathing media reports showing 4,352 patients have been admitted to the hallways at Brampton Civic Hospital, the Ontario PCs stood up for Peel Region patients by raising the issue during Question Period. “This government’s mismanagement of the Ontario healthcare system has resulted in a hospital overcrowding crisis,” said Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek who highlighted the Liberals’ 14 year record of mismanagement and cuts. “This government is responsible for Ontario’s hospitals suffering through four years of budget freezes. This government has continued to cut funding, pushing our hospitals to a breaking point.” “Patients at the Brampton Civic Hospital must deal with excessive noise and a lack of privacy, which reduces their quality of care and increases recovery times.” Yurek asked the Wynne Liberal Minister of Health to take action to deal with this issue immediately. “With flu season around though corner, we are going to start seeing more stories like Brampton Civic,” he added. “What work is being done to address the alternative level of care issue in order to end hallway medicine?”

Great Canadian Gaming hired high-powered Liberal insiders to lobby Wynne, Sousa

October 31, 2017
Well connected, senior Liberal insiders were hired to lobby Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa, according to records from Ontario's Integrity Commissioner. The revelations come just one day after Sousa doubled down on his denial of having any involvement in the controversial casino deal. "This controversial casino deal doesn't pass the smell test. With a serious review into money laundering in BC, the public is left scratching its head at why this company was selected to run the Toronto casino," says Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown. "Unfortunately, it surprises absolutely no one that the answer is as usual, because of Liberal insiders pulling the strings. Indeed the Office of the Integrity Commissioner's own records reveal that senior Liberals connected to Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty were out shilling for Great Canadian Gaming." On Monday, Sousa said the process in which Great Canadian was selected was independent. The OLG reports directly to Sousa as Minister of Finance and provincial Liberals created the criteria for selected the casino. He also lauded the deal in August when it was announced, declaring himself "very excited." "The Liberals simply needed to admit that there are problems in BC and that they will do their utmost to get to the bottom of it. Instead, they've denied any involvement. But senior Liberal insiders working on behalf of the casino operator tells a completely different story. Once again, they're putting the insiders ahead of the people."

Energy Minister out of touch with reality for Northern businesses

October 31, 2017
Northern PC MPPs Vic Fedeli (Nipissing) and Ross Romano (Sault Ste. Marie) blasted the Energy Minister in Question Period today for a recent suggestion that businesses in Northern Ontario have it rosy when it comes to electricity prices. Fedeli quoted the Association of Major Power Consumers of Ontario’s most recent analysis, which states “Ontario has the highest industrial rates in Canada and one of the highest industrial rates in North America.” “The Minister can ask North Bay’s Arclin about how their operation had the highest energy costs of all their North American branches,” Fedeli started. “Actually, Speaker, he can’t, because their entire city-block-long factory is now closed. They left Ontario because of skyrocketing hydro.” Romano quoted Frank Dottori of White River Forest Products, who told Pre-Budget consultations last year  “most jurisdictions use energy costs to promote economic development, not to kill jobs, which is what we’re doing in Ontario.” “Why does this Minister pretend that Northern Ontario rates are competitive?  Why do you continue to pretend that wasting $4 billion is a plan, when we all know the truth – that your Liberal hydro disaster is costing us jobs in Northern Ontario?”

Ontario PCs call for immediate halt to casino deal amid money laundering investigation

October 30, 2017October 30, 2017
The Ontario PCs are calling on Kathleen Wynne to halt the casino deal with Great Canadian Gaming, pending the results of a sweeping police probe into money laundering at its BC casino. “There is a storm cloud hanging over this bad deal. Internal government documents have revealed suspicions of terrorist financing, while organized crime allegedly laundered hundreds of millions of dollars in hockey bags full of cash through the BC casino,” charged PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli. “And what has the Kathleen Wynne government done? They’ve given the casino operator a lucrative new deal in Toronto.” “We’re calling for this deal to be halted immediately, pending the results of the investigation.” When the Liberals announced the deal in August, Finance Minister Charles Sousa said he was “very excited” in a statement. Yet when asked recently about the RCMP investigation by Newstalk 1010, Sousa denied being aware of it. The issue has been widely reported, including only days before Sousa denied knowledge of it (see here,  herehere and here). Sousa also said that the process in which OLG selects contractors is “independent.” In reality, the OLG reports directly to Minister of Finance, which has final approval on OLG policy. “This casino deal is the result of the Liberal government’s decision to destroy the horse racing industry, a plan that now will see Dalton McGuinty take the stand in a trial. From top to bottom, it’s hard to count how many ways this deal is suspect. Kathleen Wynne must do the right thing and stop it immediately. “The public can decide if they believe that the finance minister didn’t know about the investigation, despite widespread media coverage. But if he truly is clueless, Kathleen Wynne must step in by halting this deal.”

Only northerners to debate and vote on northern policy at PC Convention: Brown

October 27, 2017October 27, 2017
With the Ontario PC policy convention one month away, Leader Patrick Brown is announcing that only Northern Ontario members can debate and vote on a number of regional specific policy resolutions. “Ontario is a diverse province, but there is no region more unique than the North. That’s why I strongly believe that northerners should have the final say on some of the major issues specific to the region,” said Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown. There are 139 resolutions to be voted upon by party members, with 10 dedicated to Northern issues. This is the only region or group with special voting privileges in the policy convention. “From boosting broadband access to improving local infrastructure, the north has challenges that are unique to the rest of Ontario. I’ve always said that this great region and it’s people have incredible potential. I hope that this will be one step forward towards realizing it.” Brown made the announcement while visiting Sudbury with PC Candidate Troy Crowder. “Every time Patrick Brown visits Sudbury, I’m reminded how much he cares about this community. Together we’re building a team that will bring the North back to the table in decision making in Ontario,” said Crowder. “The fact he’s visited the region 29 times since being elected leader speaks to his commitment.”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the release of the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan

October 26, 2017October 26, 2017
“The Wynne Liberals are untrustworthy, especially when it comes to Ontarians’ electricity bills. Every single time they’ve played games with the electricity sector it has left families working harder, paying more, and getting less. “Despite Liberal spin, it’s clear: rates will continue to skyrocket to the highest they’ve ever been after the next election. “This reflects what we’ve seen in a secret, leaked cabinet document, and the recent Auditor General report that exposed the Liberals’ $4 billion hydro cover-up. “The Wynne Liberals will do or say anything to get re-elected. They have altered plans and spun mistruths repeatedly, including in their last LTEP. “The 2017 LTEP does not show the real costs of their 'unfair' hydro scheme. It is nothing but a Wynne Liberal re-election campaign document that does nothing to calm the nerves of families worried about their future. “The Wynne Liberals don’t care about making life more affordable for Ontario families. They are only interested in clinging onto power and lining the pockets of their insider friends. “Life is harder under the Wynne Liberals, and their cynical re-election gimmicks in the energy system are only going to make it worse. We can’t trust them on the hydro file ever again.”  

Wynne Liberals are untrustworthy in the electricity system

October 26, 2017
Fact-checking the 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals are untrustworthy, especially when it comes to our electricity bills. Every single thing they’ve ever touched in the energy sector has left hardworking Ontario families paying more and getting less. Let’s take a look at some of the mistruths the Wynne Liberals spun in the last LTEP: The 2013 LTEP said:  “Ontarians are benefitting from a clean, reliable and affordable energy system.” Reality:  Ontario has the most unreliable electricity grid in the country, and it’s only getting worse. In 2016, Ontario reported 162 power outages, an increase of 88.4 per cent from 2014. By comparison, British Columbia and Quebec combined had 103 power outages. Source: Eaton’s 2016 Blackout Tracker Under the Wynne Liberals we have seen our hydro rates skyrocket to the highest in Canada, and for years this government refused to acknowledge it was a crisis. The 2013 LTEP said:  “By the end of 2014, Ontario will be coal free.” Reality:  Kathleen Wynne’s Hydro One fire sale has put Ontario back into the coal business. In July, 2017, Hydro One announced the purchase of Avista, a Washington based utility company, for nearly $7 billion. Avista owns one of the largest coal-fired plants west of the Mississippi. Hydro One’s decision to purchase Avista has been criticized by environmental groups like the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, and the Sierra Club. The 2013 LTEP said:  “Hydro One has improved the efficiency of its operations…” Reality:  As a result of Kathleen Wynne’s Hydro One fire sale, Ontarians have no way of actually knowing how efficient Hydro One has become because everything has been cloaked in secrecy. But, we do know the Liberals awarded the current CEO of Hydro One with $4.5 million in compensation – a nearly 400 per cent raise from what the CEO made in 2013. The 2013 LTEP said:  “The province, in collaboration with the Korean Consortium, revised provisions of the Green Energy Investment Agreement (GEIA). The revised GEIA reduces contract costs by $3.7 billion…” Reality:  We have now learned that the Liberal government could have saved an additional $1.5 billion on the Samsung deal by exercising an exit clause. Instead the Liberals renegotiated the deal leaving ratepayers on the hook for power Ontario doesn’t need. The 2013 LTEP said:  “Wind projects are an important part of Ontario’s energy mix, creating thousands of jobs across Ontario…” Reality:  We are now seeing that the Liberals’ promised green energy jobs were nothing but an empty promise. Earlier this year, the town of Tillsonburg was devastated by the closure of the Siemens wind turbine plant and the loss of 300 jobs. The 2013 LTEP said:  “Smart meters and consumer demand response programs are allowing ratepayers to control and understand their electricity consumption better…” Reality:  In her 2014 annual report, the Auditor General revealed that Ontarians have seen little benefit from the $1.9 billion smart meter program. She also found that ratepayers were on the hook for double the amount the Liberal government had originally predicted. The Auditor General’s scathing report cut so deep into the government’s narrative that it led then Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli to suggest the Auditor General didn’t understand the electricity system. The 2013 LTEP said:  “Increased public participation and community engagement in the development of energy plans and policy is vital…The government and its energy agencies will reach out to local communities early and often.” Reality:  The Wynne Liberals continue to cut municipalities out of the decision making process when it comes to the development of wind farms and solar plants. The government has voted down Ontario PC legislative proposals to make municipal approval mandatory. As a result of the Liberal Government’s failure to consult, nearly 100 communities have declared themselves “unwilling” hosts. The 2013 LTEP said:  “Oil and natural gas play an essential role in the daily lives of Ontarians, supplying three-quarters of the province’s primary energy use.” Reality:  A leaked copy of the Climate Change Action Plan revealed the Liberal Government’s secret plan to eliminate natural gas as a source for home heating. These comments were later echoed by the Minister of Environment in the Legislature. This leak and the surrounding backlash forced the government to embarrassingly retract.

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the Sudbury Political Corruption Trial

October 24, 2017October 24, 2017
“This whole episode is but one part of a consistent pattern of political corruption. We’re worried about what they’ve been able to keep hidden and are fearful of what scandal will come next.”

Lou Rinaldi, Liberals deny PC bid for Northern voice on municipal board

October 24, 2017
Kathleen Wynne has slighted Northerners yet again by refusing to give them an important voice in municipal decision making. A Liberal-dominated Legislative Committee – led by MPP Lou Rinaldi, who recently came under fire for his “No Man’s Land” comment  – voted down an amendment yesterday that would have guaranteed Northern representation on a board that deals with OMB appeals. “Why does your government continuously shut Northern Ontario out?”  Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli asked the Premier today in Question Period. “Why did Lou Rinaldi and the Liberal-dominated committee deny the North an opportunity to have their voices heard? “ Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller told the Committee that the biggest complaint heard around Northern Ontario is about Toronto-based decision making, and Northerners are frustrated by decisions that just don’t work in the North. “Northern Ontario is tired of being ignored by this Liberal government,” said Miller. “The OMB doesn’t just impact the GTA. It doesn’t just impact the suburbs and big cities.  It impacts every single community – large and small – in Ontario,” Miller added. “Why did the Liberal committee vote down this sensible and inclusive amendment? Why does this government think that insiders at Queen’s Park are better able to deal with Northern housing issues than people from Northern Ontario?”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on Premier Wynne’s libel notice from last week

October 23, 2017October 23, 2017
“The premier is clearly trying to deflect from multiple political corruption trials. Premier Kathleen Wynne is untrustworthy, and the people of Ontario see through this cynical attempt to distract from the Liberal Party’s record of scandal. “We will continue to do our job of holding the Liberal Party to account. Baseless attempts to silence the Official Opposition will be ignored, full-stop.” Lisus_v.2_1.PNGLisus_v.2_2.PNG

Another Wynne Liberal fiscal claim discredited

October 19, 2017October 19, 2017
This morning, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office revealed that the government’s debt reduction claims are $6.5 billion off the mark, said Ontario PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli. The FAO says that’s equal to eliminating funding for 40% of Ontario’s hospitals. “This government has allowed Ontario's debt level to rise to its highest level ever, at the fastest rate than ever before. They have grossly mismanaged Ontario tax dollars, and today the independent Financial Accountability Officer confirmed it's only going to get worse,” said Fedeli. “Yet the government continues to insist they’re on track, even though they have the same data the Financial Accountability Office used. The FAO clearly stated that ‘without an adjustment to Ontario’s fiscal policy,’ we will see increasing budget deficits and higher levels of debt.” The FAO report also stated that not meeting the government’s debt targets means there will be “less fiscal room for spending on government priorities, such as health and education.” It also said Ontario will be less able to respond to unforeseen events, such as the next recession, and that continuing on this course will unfairly shift the fiscal burden from baby boomers to younger Ontarians. “This week, two independent officers of the Legislature have disputed this Liberal government’s numbers,” added Fedeli. “How can Ontario families ever trust anything this government says again?”

Ontario PCs demand accountability, call for an investigation into the Wynne Liberals’ “Unfair” Hydro Plan

October 19, 2017
In the wake of an explosive report from the Auditor General on the Wynne Liberals’ “Unfair” Hydro Plan which showed the government tried to keep its true costs buried by "making up" accounting rules, the Ontario PCs demanded accountability and called for an investigation. Since the report was released, it has been revealed that the Ministry of Energy stonewalled attempts from the Auditor General to access documents, and spent $500,000 on lawyers to stall the release of key documents pertaining to the Liberals’ hydro scheme. Secondly, it’s been revealed that media have seen Freedom of Information requests rejected on the basis that none of the requested documents exist, while statements from Wynne Liberal Ministers in the House would contradict this. The Ontario PCs are:
  1. Calling on the Information and Privacy Commissioner to investigate apparent misconduct in order to determine why the Wynne Liberals have delayed or refused to hand over hydro documents.
  2. Calling on the Independent Electricity System Operators to appear before a Standing Committee to explain how the Wynne Liberals ordered a questionable change to the accounting methods to bury the true costs of their hydro scheme.
  3. Calling on the Secretary of the Cabinet to ensure that all correspondence pertaining to this matter are preserved, and to ensure that no ministers or staff have deleted emails or files, and finally to prevent a cover-up.
Full statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown: “There is a clear pattern of Liberal political corruption under Kathleen Wynne. After 14 years, they’ve lost the ability to distinguish between the public interest and the Liberal Party of Ontario interest. To them, they are one and the same. “From the gas plant billions, to selling access to ministers, to awarding subsidies to their donors, no rule, no convention, no sense of propriety stands in their way. They dispense with them all whenever it suits them. “This week, Ontario’s Auditor General uncovered an appalling attempt to hide the true $4 billion cost of Kathleen Wynne’s hydro rebate scheme, a price which will be paid by ratepayers. “She concluded senior government officials knowingly ignored the government’s own policy for preparing financial statements to create an unnecessary, complex, financing structure designed to keep the true financial impact of its rate reduction scheme off the province’s books. “More damningly, the Auditor General said the Canadian Public Sector Accountability Standards are the standard for all federal and provincial governments of Canada and that the Liberal Government “has brushed aside these standards”.  The unavoidable and very strong suggestion is that something highly improperhas transpired. “In the real world of ordinary people, when you break rules, there are consequences. “If a publicly owned company attempted to deceive shareholders in the same way, the perpetrators would face prosecution. “What’s further, in her report, the Auditor General confirmed she had still not received all of the documents she had requested dating back to May 31, 2017. “Those responsible should be held accountable. “I am, therefore, calling on the Information and Privacy Commissioner, to investigate apparent misconduct. “The Ontario PC caucus will also call for the IESO to appear before the Standing Committee on Justice Policy. “And finally, I have instructed my Chief of Staff to write to the Secretary to the Cabinet to ensure that all correspondence pertaining to this matter is preserved, a necessary precaution in view of past Liberal behaviour in similar circumstances. “We do not have to accept political corruption as a matter of course in Ontario. “It’s time someone took a stand, drew a line in the sand, and said, ‘enough!’ “Kathleen Wynne, the Liberal Party of Ontario, and their insider friends have to know: the days when they can break the rules to their own benefit are coming to an end.”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown Celebrating Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas

October 19, 2017
“Today, our friends and neighbours of Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist descent all across Ontario celebrate Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas—the Festival of Lights and the Day of Liberation.

“This joyous celebration hails the victory of light over darkness and hope over despair—symbolized in beautiful firework displays and the lighting of diyas on rooftops and in homes across Ontario and around the globe.  This jubilant time of year is marked by gift-giving, special prayers, and festive meals which bring family and friends closer together.

“In the Sikh tradition, Bandi Chhor Divas celebrates the victory of light over darkness in the remarkable story of Guru Hargobind Ji and his release from unjust imprisonment.

“From Sri Lanka and Singapore, to India, the Caribbean and beyond, the nations and ethnic communities celebrating Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas are nearly as diverse as Ontario itself—a diversity that is a hallmark of our special province.

“Ontario’s vibrant South Asian community continues to be an vital part of our province’s social and cultural fabric.  Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas provide us all with the opportunity to learn more about South Asian culture and customs, and to reflect on the many ways this dynamic community helps make Ontario a better place to live.

“Happy Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas!"

BREAKING: Liberal horse racing plan would result in “23,000 job losses and 27,000 dead horses”

October 18, 2017October 18, 2017
Explosive new documents in the civil lawsuit against the Liberal Government reveals that the Liberals planned for the “collapse” of the industry and “23,000 job losses and 27,000 dead horses.” The documents were filed in court as former Premier Dalton McGuinty, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan and senior Liberal officials are set to testify in a 2018 trial. John Wilkinson, the former Liberal cabinet minister and point-person for the file also said the plan would be effective in “wedging Tim [Hudak] and Andrea [Horwath]” in by-elections. “This industry was crucial to so many people in Ontario. Now it’s been destroyed by the Liberals. But the fact they did it for political purposes, and again with the implication of thousands of horses killed and thousands of jobs lost is devastating,” said Brown. The 2012 decision which has devastated the industry has resurfaced as the government failed to block efforts forcing McGuinty to testify in the trial. Reports indicate that breeders were forced to sell off horses to livestock exchanges. Internal emails also reveal that the Liberal Government “parachuted” messaging on their slots and riding industry into the supposedly independent Drummond Report. “It’s tragic plain and simple. This government pursued a devastating agenda for purely political gain. They are only  in it for themselves and Liberal insiders.” HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COURT DOCUMENTS:
  • “We met with mckinsey, hired by finance. They confirmed under their wildly optimistic best case scenario (ie no collapse of the industry), we are look at 13,000 job losses and 16,000 euthanized horses between sep 4 and dec 31. Collapse (which we think is what will actually happen) is 23,000 job losses and 27,000 dead horses. The lawsuits coming our way will add up to $500 million and you will be lucky to settle for $250 million.” – John Wilkinson, former Liberal Cabinet Minister
  • “….and give us an advantage in the byelections by wedging both tim and andrea.”  - John Wilkinson, former Liberal Cabinet Minister
  • “The only thing that keeps me going is the thought that I might still be here when the entire Slots at Racetracks program is either slashed brutally, or purse pooling and yearly ‘grants’ based on yearly applications gets rid of the  notion that horsemen have of slot money being ‘their’ money.” – Policy Advisor, Gaming Policy Branch, Ministry of Finance

Ontario PCs call for Wynne Liberal Energy Minister to resign over explosive Auditor General report

October 18, 2017

PCs table a motion in parliamentary committee to comprehensively examine costly hydro scheme

In the wake of an explosive report from the Auditor General showing that Ontario families will pay an extra $4 billion for Kathleen Wynne's expensive hydro scheme, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown called on Ontario’s Energy Minister to resign. “The Auditor General’s report was a scathing indictment of Liberal political corruption and their contempt for the people of Ontario,” said Brown during Question Period. The AG said the scheme was “needlessly complex,” and that the government is trying to keep the true cost of her scheme buried by  “improperly” accounting billions of dollars. “This is an egregious abuse of power and someone must be held responsible,” added Brown. “I have no doubt all of cabinet was complicit – and the direction came from the premier and her senior staff. But the minister of energy is the main spokesperson for this charade.” “In the end, the Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault must be accountable. Will the premier accept the resignation of him today?” Brown asked. Today, Ontario PC MPP Lisa MacLeod tabled a motion at the Public Accounts committee to comprehensively study the Auditor General’s report, and call for Ministers and senior political staff to testify about these questionable revelations.  The motion will be debated Wednesday, October 25. Motion tabled in Committee: MPP Lisa MacLeod: I move, that the Standing Committee on Public Accounts postpone consideration of all matters currently before the Committee until the completion of its review on the report on “The Fair Hydro Plan: Concerns About Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Value For Money” from the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario.

Statement from Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader, on the Auditor General’s report on the “Unfair” Hydro Plan

October 17, 2017October 17, 2017
“Today, the Auditor General released a damning report on the Wynne Liberals’ ‘Unfair’ hydro scheme. “As a result of their shady accounting methods, and cooking the books for politically-motivated reasons, Ontarians are on the hook for $4 billion more than necessary.

“This ‘Unfair’ Hydro Plan was a re-election ploy. After years of energy mismanagement, this plan was too little, too late. We have seen hydro rates skyrocket to the highest across Canada, and if the Wynne Liberals are re-elected rates will only continue to soar.

“This report comes on the heels of a secret leaked Wynne Liberal cabinet document that showed hydro rates will rise to the highest levels we’ve ever seen, and the Financial Accountability Officer’s report which shows future generations could be on the hook for up to $93 billion.

“This hydro scheme is a sham drafted to benefit the Wynne Liberals, not the people of Ontario. It proves yet again that the Liberals are only in it for themselves.

“Everything the Liberals have touched in the electricity sector has made life harder and more unaffordable, including:
  • Overpaying $9.2 billion for green energy contracts which were awarded to energy companies who donated $1.3 million in donations to the Ontario Liberal Party.
  • Creating a secret millionaires club at Hydro One, including paying the CEO $4.5 million
  • Hiding the egregious cost of the global adjustment on hydro bills
  • Shelling out $7 billion to purchase an American coal-burning utility , instead of cutting hydro rates
  • Wasting nearly a billion of surplus electricity last year alone.
  • Using $5.5 million of taxpayer funds to run political self-congratulatory ads promoting the hydro plan, instead of cutting hydro rates
“Premier Kathleen Wynne is untrustworthy – especially when it comes to your hydro bills. Life is already harder under the Wynne Liberals – Ontario families are paying more, and getting less. Cynical Wynne Liberal re-election schemes are only going to make it worse.”

Today’s Auditor General Report: What to Expect

October 17, 2017
“Later today Ontario’s Auditor General will be releasing her report into Kathleen Wynne’s ‘Unfair’ Hydro Plan.

“We know it’s going to be a damning report because we know Kathleen Wynne and her Liberals can’t be trusted. They’ve had fourteen years to fix Ontario’s hydro crisis, and they only claim to have a fix now because of an election.

“They haven’t done the hard work to get electricity prices down in Ontario. We know this because of a leaked Liberal Cabinet document that shows we’ll see hydro rates rise to the highest they’ve ever been after the next election. We know this because the province’s financial watchdog shows the Wynne Liberals putting future generations on the hook for up to $93 billion.

“Now, Ontario families and ratepayers should prepare themselves for more bad news. We’ll soon be hearing from the Auditor General exactly how much the Liberals’ Unfair Hydro Plan is going to really cost us.

“Kathleen Wynne is untrustworthy – especially when it comes to your hydro bills. While Liberal insiders and friends get rich, you work harder, pay more, and get less. We can’t trust the Wynne Liberals when it comes to our electricity system ever again.”

Kathleen Wynne must bring both sides to table in college strike

October 16, 2017October 16, 2017

500,000 students in Ontario affected by strike

Ontario PC Leader Patrick  Brown is calling on Kathleen Wynne to show leadership and bring both sides to the bargaining table in the college strike that is affecting 500,000 Ontario students. “Students’ want to learn. And faculty want to teach. But as of midnight last night, Ontario colleges are on strike. 12,000 faculty and 500,000 students are impacted across the province,” charged Brown in Question Period. “Will the Premier get both sides back to the bargaining table today?” Students from 24 colleges across Ontario are locked out of class today, affecting mid-term exam season. The PCs hope that the strike will end before serious harm is done to the students’ semester. “I hope for the good of the students and faculty, the union and the Council representing College management get back to the table and wrap this up swiftly.  Students deserve it.”

PCs call for inquiry into government’s failed handling of health and environmental concerns in Sarnia

October 16, 2017

For a decade, Liberals ignored calls for definitive health study of local industry's impact on community

Today, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown, with local members of his caucus, called for an inquiry into the Liberal Government's handling of health concerns in Sarnia's Chemical Valley and the surrounding area. Local governments and industry have long backed calls for a study of the health impacts, to no avail. "I'm alarmed by reports revealing stunning indifference from the Liberal government. When you have very serious concerns raised in reports going back a decade and the official government response is that they 'are open to looking at it' there is something terribly wrong," said Brown. "They've told the public that they've been 'looking at it' for nine years." In 2008, local MPP Bob Bailey wrote to then health minister George Smitherman echoing calls from local government to fund a study on the industry's health impacts in the community. Today, the government simply says that they remain "open" to the idea. "The Liberals have turned their backs on the workers and members of this community," said Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey. "For years, we have asked for them to study what was happening in our community. They ignored us, plain and simple." Brown is now calling for an inquiry into the Liberal government's handling of the issue. "We need answers for this community. The Liberals have ignored them for far too long. Enough is enough." BACKGROUND:
  • In 2008, MPP Bob Bailey (Sarnia-Lambton) wrote to then Health Minister George Smitherman calling for a study into the health impacts - a call they ignored.
  • In 2010, MPP Bailey repeated his calls for a study in Question Period. Health Minister Deb Matthews said they were "taking it very seriously." Still no study was launched.

Statement from Ontario PC MPP Lisa MacLeod: “Kathleen Wynne and her insider friends are at it again”

October 12, 2017October 12, 2017
​"​Kathleen Wynne and her insider friends are at it again. ​This time it’s a Liberal-connected,​ US-style Super PAC trying to re-open a debate about abortion and distort Patrick Brown’s record. ​"​We always knew that taking down a scandal plagued party would get ugly. ​While Kathleen Wynne and her friends talk about abortion, we'll be talking about creating good jobs, relief for beleaguered middle-class families, and closing the door on waste and corruption. ​"​As we learned recently​, Kathleen Wynne isn’t motivated by what’s best for women or anyone else. She’s motivated by what’s best for her. ​Kathleen Wynne and her friends will say anything to stay in power. ​"​It’s time for real change that puts families first, the people, not the insiders.”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the upcoming announcement from Ontario’s Attorney General

October 4, 2017October 4, 2017
“Kathleen Wynne has an agenda. That agenda is to re-open debates about divisive social issues. No one wants this. I don’t want it. The only person who wants to talk about this issue is Kathleen Wynne. She’s not motivated by what’s good for Ontario. She’s motivated, as always, by what’s good for her. “Let me be very clear: I am pro-choice. That includes protecting women exercising their rights from intimidation or harassment. “If Kathleen Wynne wants to re-open this debate, she’s welcome to. While she’s doing that, I’ll be talking about creating good jobs, relief for beleaguered middle-class families, and closing the door on waste and corruption. It isn’t time in Ontario to debate divisive social issues. It’s time for real change that puts families first, the people, not the insiders.”

Liberal 14 Year Election Anniversary: Scandals Highlight Reel Package

October 2, 2017October 2, 2017

The Liberals won power 14 years ago today – this is their record

On the 14th anniversary of this Liberal Government’s first election victory in 2003, the Ontario PCs have assembled a highlight reel of some of the worst Liberal scandals of their reign. In Question Period, the PCs raised different Liberal scandals with every single question. “The Liberals’ record raises key questions: do Ontarians want the same reckless and politically corrupt government who's only in it for themselves and their well-connected friends?" asked PC Leader Patrick Brown. “After 14 years of waste, scandal and mismanagement, how can we trust Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals ever again?” Here are some of the highlights of the Liberal record over the last 14 years: “Kathleen Wynne’s decisions, driven by what’s best for her and her insider friends, are making it harder for you and your family to get by, wasting your money, and threatening the things we value most like healthcare, education, and services for those in need,” said Brown.

Epic Misfire from NDP MPPs disappointing: PC Leader Brown

October 1, 2017October 1, 2017

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown expressed disappointment today at the epic misfire from the provincial NDP directed at Nipissing MPP and life-long northerner Vic Fedeli.

“While the PCs raised alarm bells this week about Liberal attacks of the North over their egregious "No Man's Land" comments, the NDP sat silent. It’s only now, as the NDP realize they have lost momentum in the North, that they speak out,” said Patrick Brown. In a speech that he has delivered countless times in the legislature (see herehereherehereherehere) Fedeli talks about the beauty of northern Ontario wetlands - and swamps are a form of wetlands (see the official government explanation here at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/wetland-conservation). This is part of the geography of the North, and additionally most of the rock in the North is part of the Canadian Shield. The Ontario PCs have become a strong voice for the North, as evidence by our recent by-election victory in Sault Ste. Marie. “I have never met a more proud northerner in my life than Vic Fedeli. I cannot speak to Vic for more than five minutes without him championing a cause in the region or sharing his pride at the accomplishment of a local charity. This is the same man who served as mayor of North Bay for seven years while donating 100 per cent of his salary to local charities.” The attack comes the same day that the Fedeli family donated $150,000 to the Nipissing Serenity Hospice. This brings the total of donations made by Fedeli and his wife Patty to $1.5 million. He has also:
  • Donated $250,000 to Nipissing University to fund the Vittorio Fedeli Business Centre in honour of his grandfather.
  • Donated $100,000 to Canadore College’s School of Aviation.
  • Donated $150,000 to the North Bay General Hospital.
  • As Mayor of North Bay he worked for free, and donated his salary to a different charity every single year.
  • Built a business in North Bay that was named one of the 50 best places to work in Canada.
“I wish the NDP would focus their efforts on condemning Liberal indifference to Northern Ontario, and less on saving their own seats as Liberal enablers. This is the same party that supported the disgraceful Green Energy Act that has pushed Northern Ontarians into energy poverty. If the NDP didn't realize the North is situated on the Canadian Shield before, I invite them to join me on my 28th visit since becoming Leader to see this beautiful geographic landscape,” concluded Brown. 

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown Commemorating Yom Kippur

October 1, 2017
“Today at sundown, our Jewish friends and neighbours in Ontario and around the world commemorate Yom Kippur—The Day of Atonement. “This observance is one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar, marking the end of the Jewish High Holidays which began ten days ago with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. “Yom Kippur calls individuals to a place of repentance in search of forgiveness, and is also a time of fasting, prayer, synagogue fellowship, and rest. “Ontario’s Jewish community continues to be an invaluable part of our province’s social and cultural fabric. The Jewish High Holiday season, particularly Yom Kippur, is a perfect time for all of us to learn more about this community’s culture and customs, and to reflect on the power of forgiveness and charity to unite Ontarians of all backgrounds. “Gemar chatima tova.”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

October 1, 2017
“Hispanic immigration to Ontario has been steadily adding to our cultural landscape since the early 1970s and before.  From Central and South America, to Europe and beyond, Ontario’s Hispanic community continues to be a significant part of our province’s multicultural fabric. “Today, more than 200,000 Ontarians proudly proclaim their Hispanic heritage, and continue to play an important role in Ontario’s social, economic, and cultural growth and development. “The month of October provides us all with the opportunity to learn more about Hispanic culture, and the many ways this community helps make Ontario a better place to live. “Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!”

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown condemns Markham based anti-Chinese video game company

September 28, 2017September 28, 2017
Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown is condemning Markham-based Big-O-Tree Games, the makers of an anti-Chinese video game called “Dirty Chinese Restaurant.”

“The Chinese-Canadian community is an integral part of our social fabric in Ontario. Derogatory and tasteless slurs like this against any community group are just plain wrong, and I fully condemn this attack on our hardworking Ontario business owners,” said Brown. 

The game makers recently came under fire from a New York Congresswoman. The company boasts about its controversial new game on its website.

“All Ontarians should stand up and condemn this offensive video game. This simply is not what Ontario is about, and it’s why Ontario has an Anti-Racism Directorate,” added PC Anti-Racism spokesperson, MPP Lisa MacLeod.

Amid heat wave, cries for help silenced by hum of Liberal AC units

September 27, 2017September 27, 2017

Brown repeats calls for a provincial maximum temperature policy in schools

With a heat wave sweeping Ontario and leaving classrooms sweltering, the Liberal response has been cold as ice. In Question Period today, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown repeated calls for a maximum temperature for schools to be instituted – a suggestion the Liberals rejected yesterday. “This isn’t just a Toronto problem; the extreme heat is impacting students across Ontario. Why won’t the premier show leadership and mandate a maximum temperature for schools,” charged Brown in Question Period. “The Liberals have said this is a decision for local schools boards. But that doesn’t sound like leadership to me.” Brown also took issue with the premier’s out of touch comment yesterday where she brushed aside the heat wave by pointing out that she had to move to a different, air conditioned office for a meeting. “I want to start by apologizing - as yesterday I assumed the premier had air conditioning in all of her offices. And I want to again offer my apologies for the huge inconvenience it must have been for the premier to move her meeting to another room. Unfortunately, when it’s 30 degrees out and schools are sweltering - children and teachers don’t have the opportunity to just move to another room. “It looks like the Liberals can’t hear cries for help over the hum of their government office air conditioning.”

OUT OF TOUCH GAFFE: Wynne tells Ontario students without air conditioning to go to “another room”

September 27, 2017
QUEEN’S PARK – Today dismissing why thousands of Ontario students are forced to sit in class through sweltering heat because of a lack of air conditioning, Premier Kathleen Wynne shared her own tumultuous experience with the recent heat wave. During Question Period today, Premier Kathleen Wynne revealed that she has faced her own hardship after being forced to move one of her meetings to another room because of a lack of air conditioning. Unfortunately Ontario students don’t have the same luxury to just move next door.

Hansard exchange:

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown: Back to the Premier: The Premier quotes these great renovations and the Liberal caucus claps.

Here are the stats: There are 584 schools in the Toronto District School Board; only 125 of those schools have air conditioning—584 schools; 125 with air conditioning. Others have partial air conditioning or none at all.

Krista Wylie from the parent group Fix Our Schools said this: “If [the Premier], who I bet is sitting in an air-conditioned office right now, prioritizes our children as the future, then her government will prioritize our kids and start to look at our schools as the important infrastructure they really are.”

In the meantime, how can the Premier expect students to learn while they’re sitting trying to learn in unbearable classrooms?

Again, rather than attacking others, rather than saying everything is fine, I ask the Premier if she will mandate maximum temperatures for Ontario schools in the event of extreme heat, yes or no?

Premier Kathleen Wynne: I had to move a meeting yesterday from my office to another room because, actually, I don’t have air conditioning in all the rooms in my office…

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown calls for maximum school temperatures amid heat wave

September 27, 2017

Only 125 of 584 TDSB schools have air conditioning

With a brutal heat wave sweeping Ontario, PC Leader Patrick Brown called for a maximum temperature policy in schools to be implemented. “Humidex levels have been approaching the 40s this week. Our schools don’t have the proper infrastructure or air conditioning. Students are saying it is so hot in classrooms, they are having trouble breathing,” charged Brown in Question Period. “This is unacceptable. That’s why we are calling for the premier to mandate a maximum temperature for Ontario schools in the event of extreme heat.” Since being elected Leader, Brown has consistently raised the issue of dilapidated infrastructure in Ontario schools. Within the Toronto District School Board there are 584 schools, yet only 125 have air conditioning. “Heat warnings have swept the region. Yet classrooms don’t have air conditioning, and windows don’t open. How has Kathleen Wynne allowed for this crumbling infrastructure in Ontario schools? How does she expect students to learn in sweltering classrooms?”

Ontario PCs invite Wynne Liberal MPP Lou Rinaldi to Northern Ontario to showcase the region’s potential

September 27, 2017
QUEEN’S PARK - Today, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and Ontario PC Northern MPPs Vic Fedeli (Nipissing) and Ross Romano (Sault Ste. Marie) wrote to MPP Lou Rinaldi and invited him to visit beautiful, opportunity-filled Northern Ontario. Lou Rinaldi has been coming under fire at Queen’s Park for referring to Northern Ontario as “No Man’s Land.” He has since refused to apologize, and has challenged PC MPPs to “take it outside” for bringing it up during Question Period. “While I’m disappointed that MPP Rinaldi has neglected to apologize for his hurtful comments referring to Northern Ontario as ‘No Man’s Land,’ it’s time we turn this negative story into a positive,” wrote Brown in his letter to Premier Wynne and MPP Rinaldi. “That’s why, on behalf of Northern Ontario PC MPPs, I’m taking this opportunity to personally invite MPP Rinaldi to come visit Northern Ontario and see everything it has to offer. I suspect that after witnessing Northern hospitality firsthand, your views on the region will change for the better.” “The North, especially my riding of Nipissing, has so much to offer,” added Fedeli in a separate letter. “Nipissing truly has a limitless potential in many fields, from tourism to resource development and well beyond.” “That’s why, on behalf of my constituents and with the permission of the Premier, I’m taking this opportunity to personally invite MPP Rinaldi to come visit Nipissing to paddle the Lavase River with me.” “We are a city filled with wonderful tourist attractions that serve to promote our history as one of the oldest cities in the country,” added Romano who detailed some of Sault Ste. Marie’s history in his invitation. “As you can see, my home of Sault Ste. Marie has so much to offer to the rest of Ontario and the world. That is why, on behalf of my constituents and with the permission of the Premier, I would like to take this opportunity to invite MPP Rinaldi to join me in my constituency,” Romano concluded. “I suspect that after this experience, MPP Rinaldi will have a greater appreciation of this region than before.” Letter from PC Leader Patrick Brown Letter from MPP Vic Fedeli Letter from MPP Ross Romano

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of Esther Pauls in Hamilton Mountain

September 27, 2017
“I congratulate Esther on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Hamilton Mountain. “Esther is a well-known community leader. She and her husband opened the first Runner’s Den, where they have helped many runners achieve more than they ever thought possible. Through the Runner’s Den, Esther hosts the Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon to raise funds for CityKidz & Joy and Hope of Haiti. She has also won a number of awards recognizing her for her outstanding community service.  “In marathons, Esther is known as a tough competitor, and the families of Hamilton Mountain can count on her to be a fighter for their community at Queen's Park. “After 14 years in power, life is harder with the Liberals. Ontario families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for a change. Only the Ontario PC Party will make sure hardworking Ontario families pay less and get ahead.  “In Hamilton and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Esther as we share our message of change for the better.”

Wynne Liberals sign 390 more expensive green energy contracts

September 25, 2017September 25, 2017
The Wynne Liberals continue to sign expensive green energy contracts for power Ontario doesn’t need. Just seven months after Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault admitted mistakes were made with Ontario’s green energy program, the Wynne Liberals have surprisingly announced 390 new FIT contracts for 150 megawatts of power.  “The Wynne Liberals continue to sign even more energy contracts, leaving ratepayers on the hook for power we don’t need,” said Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown. “This is the reason that rates have skyrocketed under the Wynne Liberals, and this is the reason that rates will continue to skyrocket under the Wynne Liberals.”  The Energy Minister admitted in his February speech that Ontario’s renewable energy procurements “led to a number of sub-optimal outcomes.” It’s why the Ontario PCs have long-called the Green Energy Act the “Bad Contracts Act.” “The definition of insanity is committing the same mistakes over and over again,” added Brown who pointed to the Auditor General’s 2015 report which revealed that Ontario ratepayers overpaid $9.2 billion for green energy. The Ontario PCs have criticized the Ontario Liberals for awarding massive green energy contracts to companies that donated $1.3 million to the Ontario Liberal Party. “If elected, an Ontario PC Government would put an immediate freeze on the signing of future energy contracts,” concluded Brown. “Ontario families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for energy policies that help families pay less and get ahead, not policies that benefit Liberal insiders.”

Wynne Liberals refuse to condemn Liberal MPP’s “Northern Slur”

September 25, 2017

Rinaldi called to order by the Speaker after asking PC MPP to “take it outside”

The backlash over Liberal MPP Lou Rinaldi referring to Northern Ontario as “No Man’s Land” grew on Monday, with the Wynne Liberals flat-out refusing to heed calls by the PCs to apologize on his behalf. During the fiery exchange in Question Period, Rinaldi was called to order by Speaker Dave Levac, after he asked the PCs to “take it outside.” “These views confirm what the Liberal Government thinks of us in the North. They took away our only passenger train, the North is hit harder with skyrocketing hydro rates, 80 per cent of our lumber mills shut down on your watch, we fell from the number one mining jurisdiction to 16th, and the Ring of Fire remains untouched for 10 years," said MPP Vic Fedeli in Question Period today. 

The questions come after North Bay Mayor Al McDonald took Rinaldi to task and called the comments a “kick in the teeth” for the region. The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association also weighed in, expressing disappointment

“I do not represent ‘no man’s land’ – I represent the people of Sault Ste. Marie and as a proud Northerner I find these comments highly offensive and I know that the people of Northern Ontario share my outrage,” added Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano.  

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of David Piccini in Northumberland-Peterborough South

September 23, 2017September 23, 2017
“I congratulate David on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Northumberland-Peterborough South. “David understands the importance of public service, and has gained unique experience as an analyst at Agriculture Canada as well as working for the Minister of International Trade. He currently works as an advisor to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, where he has developed a deep understanding of the challenges the Liberal government’s reckless cuts to health care have had on Ontario families and seniors.  “Having grown up in Port Hope, David has strong roots in the community and I know he will be a strong representative for the residents of Northumberland-Peterborough South. “After 14 years in power, life is harder with the Liberals. Ontario families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for a change. Only the Ontario PC Party will make sure hardworking Ontario families pay less and get ahead.  “In Northumberland-Peterborough South and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with David as we share our message of change for the better.”

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the Wynne Liberals’ cap-and-trade announcement

September 22, 2017September 22, 2017
“Ontarians will pour nearly $2 billion a year into this new slush fund that will go towards Liberal pet projects and re-election announcements. On top of that, the Wynne Liberal scheme does nothing to protect the environment – all it does is ships hundreds of millions of dollars into the California economy. We shouldn’t be subsidizing the wealthy in Beverly Hills, especially while families here at home are working harder, paying more, and getting less.  “The Ontario PCs have been very clear we would dismantle the Wynne Liberals’ cap-and-trade cash grab and replace it with a model that reduces emissions in Ontario, cuts taxes, and protects our economy.” 

Heard at Queen’s Park: Out of touch Wynne Liberal MPP refers to Northern Ontario as “No Man’s Land”

September 22, 2017

Since facing backlash at Queen’s Park, Rinaldi admitted making the statement but says he was attacking Vic Fedeli’s comments. It’s a puzzling excuse given that Norm Miller, not Vic Fedeli, was speaking at the time.

Transcript of PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff speaking in the legislature:

“As I was listening to this debate, I heard the member for Northumberland–Quinte West heckling the member here. When the member was speaking about the fact that our leader has visited the north 27 times and the fact that our caucus is making an effort to reach out to those in the north and to build a stronger connection with those in the north, the member for Northumberland–Quinte West yelled out that the north is a no man’s land, and that’s why we [the PCs] go there. I don’t know, I found that very insulting, quite frankly. I don’t think the north is a no man’s land. I think we’ve heard that the north is a very important part of our province that contributes to the socio-economic culture of our province in significant ways. We should treasure the north. We should celebrate the north, and we should be doing everything we can to build the north up. Quite frankly, I was disappointed to hear that sentiment from the government benches.” 

Video of Sam Oosterhoff responding to the heckle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZTxJf3hlPI&feature=youtu.be

Video of the heckle (roughly 18 seconds): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLa0T7esZQg&feature=youtu.be

New report predicts job losses for youth and low-skilled workers under reckless minimum wage plan

September 20, 2017September 20, 2017
Today yet another third-party independent group provided a concerning analysis about the Wynne Liberals’ reckless minimum wage plan. A new report from the Fraser Institute is warning that “young people and low-skilled workers will suffer job losses across Ontario” as a result of the Wynne Liberals’ rapid hike to the minimum wage. The impacts of the wage hike will be most pre-dominant in regions where the average wages are lower than Toronto’s, including southwestern and northern Ontario. “The Ontario PCs support the need for a $15 minimum wage, but the way the Wynne Liberals are going about this is completely reckless. They refuse to listen to independent experts and are pushing ahead to suit their own political timelines,” said Ontario PC Labour Critic John Yakabuski. Earlier this month the Financial Accountability Officer released a report concluding the Wynne Liberals’ reckless hike to a $15 minimum wage will result in the loss of at least 50,000 jobs – most of which will be youth, and new Canadians. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s own analysis found that 185,000 Ontario jobs will be put at risk as a result of the changes to the minimum wage. “When it comes to increasing the minimum wage, the Wynne Liberals are giving Ontario businesses two options: lay off staff or raise prices. Some businesses will have no choice but to do both.” “Life is already harder under the Wynne Liberals. Ontario families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. The Wynne Liberals’ reckless hike to the minimum wage will leave hardworking Ontarians looking for work and paying more for everyday items like groceries and gas,” concluded Yakabuski.

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of Sarah Mallo in Beaches-East York

September 19, 2017September 19, 2017
“I congratulate Sarah on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Beaches-East York. “Sarah is a great addition to our modern, inclusive and pragmatic Ontario PC team. Currently studying to practice law in Canada, Sarah is passionate and a strong believer in giving back to the community. I have no doubt she would be an excellent representative for the residents of Beaches-East York.   “After 14 years in power, life is harder with the Liberals. Ontario families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for a change. Only the Ontario PC Party will put hardworking families first, and make sure they pay less and get ahead.  “In Beaches-East York and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Sarah as we share our message of change for the better.”

Statement from Ontario PC Transportation Critic Michael Harris on the Wynne Liberals’ road safety cannabis announcement

September 19, 2017
"In order to properly crack down on drug impaired driving, t‎he Liberals need to provide police with the needed resources to keep our streets safe. Today's announcement does nothing to accomplish that.  The Wynne Liberals have either underestimated, or are willfully blind to how significant the needs of our police forces will be.  “Last week during federal committee hearings, police officers pointed to the challenges they will face enforcing these laws. Ontario Provincial Police Deputy Police Commissioner Rick Barnum has estimated that police will need six to eight months from the time the provincial legislation is in place before police will be ready to enforce the new laws. He also said that the OPP only has 83 officers who are trained to recognize drug-impaired driving, and estimates that they will need up to 500 in order to properly enforce the law.  “The Ontario PCs will continue to listen and consult with law enforcement, public health, and community groups on this issue. We can’t afford to not get this one right. “I also remain concerned that the Wynne Liberals are rushing forward with these announcements as a cynical tactic to distract from their political corruption trials. Road safety should not come at the expense of politics, and the Wynne Liberals certainly can’t be trusted to get this important public safety issue right. Take a look at the gas plants, the Green Energy Act, or eHealth – they have a record of mismanagement and looking out for their own partisan interests.” 

Did taxpayers pay for Wynne’s Sudbury trip? Liberals won’t say

September 16, 2017September 16, 2017

Wynne swore oath on bible saying that: “I am the Leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario.”

In Question Period today, the Liberal Government refused to answer a question on whether or not Premier Kathleen Wynne and her entourage’s trip to Sudbury was paid for by taxpayers. During her testimony, the Premier was very clear that her appearance in court was as Leader of the Liberal Party, not as Premier of Ontario.

“The Premier was adamant that she was testifying in the Sudbury bribery trial as the ‘Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.’ In fact, she swore an oath on the bible and opened her testimony saying, ‘I am the Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party,’” charged PC Deputy Leader Steve Clark in Question Period. “So I ask Mr. Speaker, who paid for the Premier and her entourage’s flights and accommodations in Sudbury? Who paid - the Liberal Party or the Ontario taxpayers?”

FACT CHECK: The Wynne Liberals on Ontario’s economic growth

September 16, 2017
The Wynne Liberals need to learn that facts still matter in Ontario. They continue to use inaccurate spin to distract from the fact their economic mismanagement has driven Ontario, once Canada’s economic engine, into have-not status. While the Wynne Liberals may be comfortable with Ontario being at the bottom of the pack, the Ontario PCs are not. Finance Minister Charles Sousa in Question Period: “We are number one in North America when it comes to economic growth.” Finance Minister Charles Sousa in Question Period: “We are leading Canada in economic growth. We are leading the G7 in economic growth.” Labour Minister Kevin Flynn in the Toronto Sun: “And this is happening at a time when Ontario can boast the fastest growing economy in the G7.” Fact: In the first quarter of 2017, Ontario had slower economic growth than both the United States and Canadian national average. In total, 27 individual American states had stronger first quarter economic growth than Ontario.

Jurisdiction

2017 Q1 Real GDP Growth (%)

Texas

3.9

Canada

3.7

West Virginia

3.0

New Mexico

2.8

Washington

2.7

Maryland

2.1

Wisconsin

2.1

Idaho

2.1

Virginia

2.0

Alabama

1.9

Oklahoma

1.9

Utah

1.9

Indiana

1.8

Kentucky

1.8

Alaska

1.8

Georgia

1.7

South Carolina

1.7

North Dakota

1.6

Michigan

1.5

Tennessee

1.5

Ohio

1.4

Florida

1.4

Arkansas

1.3

Mississippi

1.3

USA

1.2

Pennsylvania

1.2

Massachusetts

1.1

Vermont

1.1

Oregon

1.1

Ontario

1.0

Louisiana

1.0

Nevada

1.0

Illinois

0.9

Missouri

0.9

Arizona

0.9

Wyoming

0.9

New Hampshire

0.8

Rhode Island

0.7

North Carolina

0.7

Connecticut

0.6

District of Columbia

0.6

New Jersey

0.6

Colorado

0.4

Delaware

0.3

New York

0.3

California

0.1

Maine

0.0

Minnesota

-0.3

Montana

-0.5

Kansas

-0.7

Hawaii

-0.9

Iowa

-3.2

South Dakota

-3.8

Nebraska

-4.0

  SOURCES: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis Ontario Economic Accounts Statistics Canada

Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of Dave Smith

September 16, 2017
“I congratulate Dave on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Peterborough-Kawartha. “Dave is a long-time conservative volunteer and community activist. As the father of three children in university and a manager at an education software company, Dave understands the importance of preparing students for the jobs of today and tomorrow. “He is actively involved in the community as a member of the Kinsmen Club of Peterborough, and previously served on the City’s Community Investment and Grants advisory committee. Dave is also a driving force in the Peterborough hockey community, and was chosen as Sports Personality of the Year by the City of Peterborough in 2014. “Dave loves Peterborough, and I know he will be a tireless fighter to make life more affordable for Peterborough-Kawartha families. “After 14 years in power, life is harder with the Liberals. Ontario families are working harder, paying more, and getting less. It’s time for a change. Only the Ontario PC Party will put hardworking families first, and make sure they pay less and get ahead. “In Peterborough-Kawartha and across the province, the Ontario PC Party will continue to work hard for a better future. I look forward to working with Dave as we share our message of change for the better.”