Doug Ford cuts environment watchdog, scales back rent control - 2018-11-15
Fedeli framed these moves as bolstering the auditor general and ombudsman roles. "You're going to see everything strengthened and expanded," he explained. "The premier has promised, he continues to say we want efficiencies not cuts."
While Fedeli said the government had no plans to cut its own employees, the government is planning to scrap three legislative oversight positions, and fold them into other areas such as the auditor general and ombudsman offices by next year. This includes the environment commissioner, children's advocate, and the French-language commissioner.
"The deficit is real, our debt is real, the challenge ahead of us is real," said Fedeli, adding that, "we will balance the budget," without providing specifics as to when that would happen.