For The People

A plan for Ontario

The problems facing Ontario share one thing in common: Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government just doesn't care about you anymore. Her government is untrustworthy. She will say and do anything just to stay in power.

You work harder than ever before and pay more than ever before. Yet Kathleen Wynne and her government continue to waste your hard-earned money and spend your tax dollars on schemes that only benefit Liberal insiders and political elites. There is no respect for taxpayers.

The NDP promise change, but they are not being honest about what their change looks like. The NDP want to double down on Kathleen Wynne's tax-and-spend policies. Under the NDP your gas will be more expensive, your taxes will go up, and your hydro bills will continue to increase. This is because, behind closed doors, the NDP are more about appeasing special interest groups than actually delivering real relief to the people.

I believe you deserve better. You know me. You know what I stand for. You know that I am here for the people. I entered politics to help the little guy. To make life easier for you and your family. Not only so you can make ends meet, but also so you can get ahead and prosper.

We're going to replace Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals with a practical, affordable and responsible government that trusts and respects you.

Ontario is ready for a government that works for the people.

…Not Liberal insiders.

…Not NDP radical special interests.

…But for the people

It's that simple.

No matter what, you can count on me to give you straight talk. I've spent my entire career telling it like it is. I'm going to be up front and honest about what I'm going to do. And I'm going to do what I say I'm going to do.

This also means that I won't make reckless promises. When I make a promise — I keep it. Period.

And here are my promises to you: Five clear, honest commitments you can count on from a government that will focus on the fundamentals and get Ontario back on track.

With your help we can open Ontario for business again; create good jobs; lower your day-to-day costs; bring prosperity back to our province; and restore accountability, respect and trust to Queen's Park.

Doug

Help is on the way.

A Doug Ford Ontario PC government will clean up the mess in government and restore respect for taxpayers.

His government will put the people ahead of insiders and elites by focusing on five clear priorities.

We will:

hydro

For too long, well-connected insiders have been getting rich off your hydro bills. The Green Energy Act alone represents Ontario's largest-ever wealth transfer from the poor and middle class to the rich.

Once upon a time, Ontario used to be a leader in hydro, with stable prices that helped attract and create jobs.  We can lead again, but change is needed now. 

An Ontario PC Government will clean up the Liberal hydro mess, fire the millionaire hydro executives getting rich off of your bills and act to ensure our electricity system works for the people, once again. This means no carbon tax or cap-and-trade schemes.  And it also means that, after years of skyrocketing electricity rates, your hydro bills will finally start coming down.

We will:

What this will cost:

Hydro One Dividend - $300-$400 million per year.

Moving Conservation Programs to Tax Base - $433 million per year.

rebuilding Ontario

Ontario families deserve major infrastructure investments in both our biggest cities and our smallest towns.

We can also do more to help other parts of Ontario get moving.  Whether it is by investing in expanded broadband, increasing local infrastructure funding, or exploring highway expansion across the province. Ontario businesses, families and workers can all count on an Ontario that will move faster than ever before.

We will:

What this will cost:

Two-Way GO/Regional Transit Projects – Will maintain current funding as detailed in Ontario’s previous transportation and infrastructure budget.

Upload Toronto Subway System - Costing to be amortized over life of subway projects once operational, plus $160 million per year for existing assets.

Highway Improvement Plan - $20 million for studies/401 improvements, $5 million per year for Highways 3 and 17 amortized over 50 years once completed.

Natural Gas and Broadband/Cellular Expansion – Up to $100 million in savings by enabling private sector to expand natural gas, with savings re-invested in broadband/cellular projects.

Risk Management Program Increase - $50 million per year, starting in year three.

restoring responsibility, accountability and trust:

Ontario doesn't have a revenue problem.  It has a spending problem. Efficiencies exist all across the government, whether it is how different agencies and ministries purchase goods or how they deliver services. 

The Liberal budget deficit is accompanied by a trust deficit. People see that the system just isn't working for them anymore.  

By opening up the books to an outside audit and expanding the resources available to Ontario's Auditor General we will rebuild responsibility, accountability and trust so Ontario can get back on track.

We will:

 

What this will cost:

Value-for-Money Audit and Commission of Inquiry - $1 million total.

respect for taxpayers

Under Kathleen Wynne you are paying more and getting less. And under the NDP you can count on paying more.

Our commitment to lower taxes is also a commitment to fairer taxes.  There is no excuse for continuing to tax low-income Ontario workers who are making minimum wage.  We're going to make Ontario's tax system fairer for low-income households by making sure that minimum wage workers pay no income tax.

We will:

 

What this will cost:

12% Reduction to Hydro Bills – Detailed further in hydro section.

Ending Cap and Trade - $1.9 billion per year to be offset by eliminating corresponding slush fund.

20% Middle Class Income Tax Cut - $2.26 billion per year, starting in year three.

Challenge Federal Government on Carbon Taxation - $30 million over mandate.

Lower Gas Taxes by 10 Cents a Litre - $1.19 billion per year.

No Income Tax for Minimum Wage Workers - $558 million per year.

75% Refundable Tax Credit for Childcare - $389 million per year.

jobs

Government doesn’t create sustainable jobs on its own.  What Government can do, however, is create the conditions that make it easier to start a business, grow a business or invest in Ontario — and to build an economy that allows more Ontario workers to find a job right here at home.

Instead of corporate welfare, we're going to make our business taxes competitive. Instead of complex regulations that reward the insiders with the best lobbyists, we're going to cut red tape to reward the entrepreneurs with the best ideas.

We will:

 

What this will cost:

Ending Corporate Welfare – Savings of $270 million per year.

Continue Existing Regional Economic Development Funds - Will maintain current funding as detailed in Ontario’s previous economic development budget.

Reducing Business Taxes - $1.3 billion per year starting in year two.

Reducing Small Business Taxes - $60 million per year starting in year two.

health

A health care system that doesn’t work for patients, seniors and families is a health care system that just isn’t working at all.  It is unacceptable that, for all the money we invest in health care, people are still left languishing on waitlists or are stuck, frustrated and suffering on stretchers in hospital hallways because there is nowhere to go. 

It’s time to listen to front-line medical professionals, including nurses and doctors, to ensure that long-term stable funding is available to do the capacity planning that our health care system deserves.

We will:

 

What this will cost:

Increasing Mental Health Funding - Cost shared with federal government, approximately $190 million per year for 10 years.

Free Dental Care for Low-Income Seniors - $98 million per year.

Building New Long-Term Care Beds - Capital costs amortized over duration of asset, total per year cost is $62,000 per bed once operational.

education

At one time, Ontario schools focused on teaching the skills that matter:  reading, writing and math.  This approach helped to prepare our kids for the challenges of work and life.

Today, however, more and more of our schools have been turned into social laboratories and our kids into test subjects for whatever special interests and so-called experts that have captured Kathleen Wynne's ear.

By ignoring parents and focusing on narrow agendas or force-feeding our kids experimental curricula like 'Discovery Math' the Liberals are leaving our children woefully unprepared to compete with other students from across Canada and around the world.  And instead of helping our kids pass their tests, the NDP want to cancel the tests altogether.

It's time to get back to basics, respect parents, and work with our teachers to ensure our kids have the skills they need to succeed.

We will:

 

What this will cost:

Increasing Autism Funding - total $100 million over mandate.

north

The Liberals and NDP like to talk about the North but are quick to forget about the incredible potential in our Northern communities. A PC Government will, finally, open up the incredible resources of our North, starting by cutting through the special interest and bureaucratic delays blocking us from developing the Ring of Fire.

We will:

 

What this will cost:

Revenue Resource Sharing - Approximately $30 million per year, starting in year two.

Reduce Aviation Fuel Taxes for the North - $11 million per year.

Bring Back Passenger Rail to the North – Combined $45 million for refurbishment and operating costs.

environment

Whether your top priority is clean air and water, conservation, fighting climate change, or simply doing more to prevent litter — we all have a role to play in protecting our environment.

By embracing innovation and focusing on initiatives that deliver results, we will ensure we pass on a cleaner environment to future generations.  

We will:

 

What this will cost:

Creating a Cleaner Ontario – Combined cost of all initiatives is $500 million over mandate.

justice

Every Ontario family deserves to live in safety, with peace of mind that they will be protected from gun and gang violence.  We will ensure that our laws are up to the task of fighting 21st century issues, while respecting victims and law-abiding families.   We will also ensure our brave women and men in law enforcement have the resources they need to keep us safe.

We will:

 

What this will cost:

Restore Funding to Anti-Gang and Anti-Gun Units - $3 million per year.

Additional Resources for Fighting Organized Crime and Respecting the Vulnerable – $35 million over mandate.

Hire Additional Officers - $30 million per year, starting in year two.