May 07, 2019

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Premier Doug Ford has not taken kindly to comments made yesterday by Toronto’s Mayor at a Scarborough Business Association luncheon. John Tory who a gathering that so-called “damaging” cuts to provincial transfers for public health, child care, and transit threaten to hurt Toronto’s most vulnerable residents as well as the economies of the city, Ontario and even Canada. The Mayor also criticized a potentially expensive Doug Ford campaign promise on alcohol availability in corner stores. Tory’s speech followed pleas from public health experts from both Peterborough and the Kingston area who visited Toronto City Hall in solidarity. In response Premier Ford fired back in a news release which reads in part that Mayor Tory should find time to sit down with his Auditor General and find some value for taxpayer’s dollars instead of irresponsibly wading into provincial issues he is neither involved in nor understands.
Ford also took a shot at Toronto’s city budget and said this is the same city budget that spends millions of dollars to water dead tree stumps and hundreds of thousands of dollars on car fleets that collect dust a reference to a recent city audit.
Corbett Communications has released a survey which shows when it comes to Ford’s government’s mandatory gas pump stickers which warn of the impact of federal carbon pricing measures, a new online poll suggests 52 % are opposed while 25% support the idea, with 22%undecided. The survey also reveals that 48% of Ontarians don’t like the new blue license plates with the slogan “A Place to Grow”, while 20% favour the change and 31% are undecided. The poll also suggests there is more opposition than support for larger class sizes and forcing students to take online high school courses. But, when it comes to the Premier’s plan to allow beer and wine to be sold in corner stores, more residents support the move than oppose it. But that support drops substantially if the move comes with a cost of up to $1 billion dollars in financial penalties for breaking the government’s 10- year agreement with the Beer Store. But, what do Ontario residents think of Ford’s policy cuts? Libby speaks with Mayor John Tory and then it’s over to the Deputy Mayor for the west area of the City Councillor Stephen Holyday for Etobicoke Centre.

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