When Mr. Ford went to Washington, he left the facts back home - 2020-02-12
"Economics is very simple," he told Greenwood. "You cut red tape, you cut regulations, you lower business taxes and taxes for the people, and new revenue will come up to the coffers, as we say. And with that you can reinvest it into other areas, into health care, into education. Our economy right now is absolutely on fire."
What the Premier didn't tell his foreign hosts is that those "other areas" are not reaping the reward of his "simple" economic proposal; they are hurting as a result of it. Teachers are protesting major cuts to education, and the provincial government and the unions are at an impasse. Kids are missing school and their parents are not putting the blame squarely on teachers, as Education Minister Stephen Lecce might have hoped. According to a new internal poll commissioned by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, a little more than half of residents polled in PC ridings strongly disagree with the government's championing of larger class sizes.
As for that other "other area" (health care) — it's hard to believe Ontarians are comforted by the notion that trickle-down economics will fill the holes carved out by cuts made to their health care system, when the world is frantically trying to stall coronavirus.