Ford fakes deficit concerns to justify brutal spending cuts - 2019-05-09
He insists he has no choice, that the Ontario's mounting deficits force him to cut the province's budgets for health care, education, child care, libraries, legal aid, student loans, flood control, tree planting and anything else that moves, grows or matters in our lives. (A similar claim of necessity was made by the debt-plagued New Zealand government in the 1990s when it ordered the shooting of a newborn hippo at the zoo, explaining it couldn't afford to expand the pen.)
Nevertheless, preventing debt from spiralling out of control sounds like a plausible explanation for Ford's spending cuts -- until one notices his tax cuts. That's when it becomes clear the premier is, well, lying.
Let's not forget that a deficit is simply the shortfall in the province's budget -- and it can be the result of too much spending or too little revenue.