Premier Doug Ford on Friday said he has renewed the government’s commitment to respect taxpayers, encourage job creation and put people first a year after taking office, claiming that 85 per cent of the commitments the ruling Progressive Conservatives made were completed.
“Every day since June 7, our government has been working non-stop to deliver real change and keep our promises to the people of Ontario — and the results are clear,” said the premier, who came to power a year ago following a close leadership contest and after the PC Party snagged a majority.
“Since we took office, more than 190,000 jobs have been created and we have a reasonable and responsible plan to balance our budget, while protecting core services like healthcare and education,” Ford added, saying that “we know our work is far from done”.
The announcement comes as Queen’s Park closes for an unusually long summer break that will last until after the federal election this fall on Oct. 23 — a move the Ford government said was to allow members of provincial parliament to engage with their constituents, to mixed reactions.
When asked by a reporter what he is most proud of after one year in office, the premier said “what I really think is best has to be our budget, making sure that we balance in a responsible, reasonable but thoughtful manner”.
Local MPP and Green Party Leader Mike Schriener did not send out any official press release but shared a National Observer article on his Twitter that details everything that the Ontario government cut in during the PC’s first year as the ruling party.
“As you read through these cuts, remember that the Fall Economic Statement gave the wealthiest a tax cut [and] the [government] kept the un-Fair Hydro Plan spending billions to subsidize electricity prices in a way that benefits the wealthy the most,” he commented in his tweet.
The Ford government’s so-called political post-election honeymoon period is over, according to the latest major poll by Mainstreet Research that found, among decided voters, the PCs were falling behind the Liberals and New Democrats.
For Guelph, Friday marks a year since a historic election that saw the provincial Greens win a seat in Ontario for the first time, a win that could impact the local riding in the upcoming federal election.
Also locally was the Resist Ford Cuts rally that saw dozens of protestors head to Puslinch Community Centre in an event organized by the Ontario Federation of Labour.