How the Ford government's budget update sticks with austerity - 2019-11-07
The fiscal tally of all that listening is found in the pages of Phillips's fall economic statement. The document accounts for the government's recent backtracks, updating the budget from the $163.4 billion spending plan tabled in April by Vic Fedeli, whom Ford dumped as finance minister two months later.
The fall economic statement is part of the Ford government's attempts to portray itself as new and improved, striking a new tone, turning over a new leaf. The budget update tries to do this by highlighting the spending cuts on which the government reversed course and recasting them as spending increases.
Technically, it's true the PCs are increasing program spending by $1.3 billion from the April budget. In reality, this is simply putting some spending cuts that didn't happen back on the government's books.