TORONTO – At an announcement earlier today, Doug Ford confirmed that a Conservative government would cut $18 billion from transit across the province - he just might not know it.
In re-announcing Patrick Brown’s $5 billion pledge for transit, anchored to 2017 Budget numbers, Ford is announcing the largest cut to transit spending in Ontario’s history.
2017 Budget: $56 billion + Ford’s re-announced People’s Guarantee $5 billion = $61 billion
2018 Budget: $79 billion
$79 billion - $61 billion = $18 billion cut to transit
In the debate, Ford referenced that his $5 billion would go to projects including the Downtown Relief Line. The Downtown Relief Line is funded in the 2018 budget. Therefore Ford’s $5 billion must be based on the 2017 Budget and cannot be incremental to the 2018 Budget.
Ford’s impromptu transit announcement last night follows a pattern in the rookie Conservative leader’s recent announcements, where just last week he cut $1.2 billion from mental health services over the next 4 years. This would be the largest cut to mental health in Canadian history.
Chart 3.2 from page 73 of the 2017/18 Ontario Budget
Chart 2.10 from the 2018/19 Ontario Budget
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