May 22, 2019
By Zoomer Podcast Network
Toronto Sun Editorial: We agree with Toronto Mayor John Tory and other municipal leaders that it was unfair for Ford to announce retroactive cuts to provincial funding, given that municipalities can’t run deficits and their 2019 budgets are already set.
Tory said he’s willing to work with Ford to find the needed savings starting in 2020 which seems a reasonable compromise, if the city is sincere.
Toronto’s mayor calls a move by Premier Doug Ford to offer in-depth financial audits of the finances of Ontario municipalities a 7 million dollar public relations exercise by the government of Ontario.
John Tory has released a statement which says, “It does no good getting money for a line-by-line audit that’s already being done without consideration from the province of the fact that these retroactive, mid-year cuts will seriously hurt residents and families”
The mayor says he is “committed to finding more and great efficiencies” — but is urging the Ford government to halt the current cuts estimated at 178 million dollars.
Ford told a gathering in Ajax that there are all kinds of efficiencies which can be implemented.
Libby speaks to MPP Stephen Lecce, the Premier’s Parliamentary Assistant, City of Toronto Budget Chief Gary Crawford and Deputy Mayor and Councillor Stephen Holyday, City Councillor and Budget Committee Member Mike Layton.