TORONTO – Today Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood commented on the Financial Acccountability Office (FAO) Expenditure Monitor 2019-20: Q4:
The FAO Expenditure Monitor 2019-20: Q4 report released today shows that the provincial government spent $3.5 billion less than it planned to, including nearly $500 million in the health sector.
“In the midst of a global pandemic and economic crisis, the Ford government is keeping its chequebook closed. While Ontario was fighting to prepare for the COVID-19 crisis, the government found $49 million in savings on the back of public health programs, and came in $65 million under budget for hospitals, long-term care homes and community programs,” Hunter stated.
The FAO also showed that the Ford government cut $147 million from post-secondary education and training.
“The Ford government also cut millions from Employment Ontario in advance of our economic recovery, and cut millions more from post-secondary institutions that are facing immense challenges to keep students enrolled in programs from home,” Hunter said.
“The $138 million decrease to primary and secondary education capital funding has set schools back from re-opening safely in September,” continued Hunter.
“Scraping $3.5 billion in savings during a pandemic and recovery period is unconscionable. Families are desperate for investments in education that will allow their children to return safely to school, and small businesses across the province are closing their doors for good. This government is failing to support them,” Hunter concluded.