A local NDP MPP accuses the Ford government of taking things from bad to worse in their first 100 days in office.
Thunder Bay-Atikokan’s Judith Monteith-Farrell adds she’s disappointed by what she calls the Conservatives’ lack of focus on the issues that matter.
“The cancellation of the Basic Income Program, their lack of any kind of discussion of a plan on the environment is especially disturbing.”
Finance Minister Vic Fedeli says they’re working on replacing the Basic Income Pilot, claiming it was for the best to scrap it.
“This income pilot, if put in across Ontario, would be 17-billion new dollars, that would mean we would have to add another 7% to the HST.”
The Finance Minister calls the PC’s track record so far a resounding success.
He is also defending his changes to the sex ed curriculum, arguing decisions are made with Ontarians in mind, and they do have a new lesson plan coming.
“We’ve got one of the largest consultation processes underway right now… We’re talking about, yes, sex ed, but also financial literacy, math.”
However, Monteith-Farrell says her party is disappointed with the PCs’ actions, alleging they aren’t keeping their election promises.
“If I had a dollar for every time I heard ‘a promise made, a promise kept’, in the house, I’d be a millionaire.”
She would give the government a “D” for its performance.
“There’s a lack of specifics from this government, a lot of sound bits, a lot of slogans, but I’d like to see more action.”
Fedeli feels they’re making strides towards his goal of balancing the budget.
“There’s no deadline, we just know it’s critical to our kids and grand kids and their kids too that we have a balanced budget, so there’ money there for the services they need.”
Fedeli adds scrapping energy contracts, the 2015 sex-ed curriculum and Basic Income Pilot were what’s best for Ontario, and the lesson plan and Income program will be replaced.