September 15, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MPP Hunter Responds to FAO’s First Quarter Expenditure Monitor
TORONTO – Today, Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough- Guildwood and Finance Critic for the Ontario Liberal Party, responded to the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario’s Expenditure Monitor 2021-22: Q1.
“Today’s Expenditure Monitor shows, as we have seen for the past year and a half, that Doug Ford has no urgency in ending this pandemic. The FAO report confirms that the Premier is not only spending less than planned on health care but is also refusing to spend funds he has been given to fight this pandemic. Doug Ford has the ability to take the action that Ontarians need, but he has yet to do so,” Hunter stated.
The FAO’s report emphasizes that the Government did not spend the $2.7 billion COVID-19 Response transfer payment. It also shows that the Province spent $1 billion less than planned on health care, and that $500 million was not spent on children and social services; $469 million of which was for Financial and Employment Supports, including Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program.
“People with disabilities have seen very little support from the Ford Government throughout this pandemic, and it is completely unacceptable that they are trying to save money off the backs of our province’s most vulnerable during a health crisis,” Hunter added.
“The Premier’s mismanagement and inability in taking the pandemic seriously is costing lives and prolonging our recovery. Doug Ford has been given ample resources to fight COVID-19 but refuses to use them. The time is past due for this government to act,” Hunter concluded.
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