Ontario budget hits the vulnerable, ignores the North: critics - 2019-04-17
QUEEN'S PARK – Booze figures large in the first Ford Conservative budget, but critics are slagging the fiscal blueprint for a lacklustre tackling of the deficit that places most of the burden on the poor and vulnerable. Conservatives, on the other hand, while expressing a slight dismay at the length of time it will take to bring the books back to black, are pleased at the right-hand turn.
"This is a budget that is geared to hurt the most vulnerable," said official opposition member Algoma-Manitoulin NDP MPP Mike Mantha. "This budget is about booze and rebranding. A budget is supposed to reflect the values and priorities of the government. This budget is very cruel to Ontarians and there is nothing in it for Northern Ontario." He noted that the budget mentions "booze over 40 times, but not one mention of poverty."
Mr. Mantha pointed to cuts that will disproportionately hit the North, where many communities are economically challenged.