Doug Ford getting pushback from own PC caucus over budget issues, communications missteps - 2019-06-14
As Ontario Premier Doug Ford enters his second year in office, his government is facing pushback privately from his caucus, while publicly one of his top ministers acknowledges there have been communications missteps.
Mr. Ford's caucus has voiced concerns behind closed doors about what is widely perceived as a rollout failure in the weeks following the Progressive Conservative government's inaugural spring budget, multiple sources from inside and outside the government have told The Globe and Mail. The sources were granted anonymity by The Globe in order to speak freely about private deliberations.
Economic Development Minister and House Leader Todd Smith, speaking on behalf of the Premier's office, said the government is proud to have passed 20 pieces of legislation during its first year, while tackling the deficit without raising taxes. But he said in some cases it has moved "too fast."