Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott hits back at criticism, insists public health funding secure - 2019-04-26
Provincial cuts to public-health units across Ontario will not endanger front-line services, Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott said Friday, as her officials provided details on plans that had whipped up concern about everything from vaccination checks to food-safety inspections.
The PC government of Ontario Premier Doug Ford has been scrambling to contain the weeklong furor that erupted after Toronto board of health chairman Joe Cressy and Mayor John Tory warned that Toronto Public Health believed it was facing rising massive cuts of $80-million to $100-million a year – and $1-billion over a decade. But until Friday, the province had declined to provide its own detailed figures, which it insisted were nowhere near that large.
"There has been an unfortunate difference of opinion that we are looking to rectify right now, and we look forward to working co-operatively with the city of Toronto," Ms. Elliott said in a phone interview with The Globe and Mail on Friday.