Ford government breaks campaign pledge, will balance budget in five years - 2019-04-11
TORONTO — In its first budget since taking office, the Ford government is reversing course on key election promises to balance the books within the first term and cutting corporate taxes.
The budget, unveiled Thursday afternoon, promises to return Ontario to the black in five years — closer to what the former Liberal government promised in its last budget than what Premier Doug Ford pledged during last spring's election campaign.
Ford rode to power promising to bring an end to what he called the Liberal's culture of "waste and mismanagement." The pledge included a promise to get Ontario out of the red before the end of Ford's first mandate. Now a year into government, the Tories say it will take two years longer to end Ontario's reliance on debt — that's just one year shy of the Liberal promise to balance the books by 2024-25.