Tories slash $17M from services for victims of violence - 2019-05-14
Ontario's Progressive Conservative government has cut the budget for financial supports to help victims of violence by more than $17 million. Independent MPP Randy Hillier revealed the extent of changes in the legislature on Tuesday when he questioned Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod.
"The ... year-over-year estimates show a reduction of $17 million for women's shelters and supports for victims of violence, from $172 to $155 million," said the Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MPP.
Hillier, who served with MacLeod as a Tory MPP until Premier Doug Ford kicked him out of the Progressive Conservative caucus, chided his former colleague.
"In opposition, we both were very critical of government for leaving agencies and organizations in the dark on their funding, yet we still have today these shelters operating in uncertainty," he told the minister.