FORD SENDS HARSH LETTER TO TORY, ACCUSES MAYOR OF MISLEADING NUMBERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH DISPUTE

May 01, 2019

By Jane Brown

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The war of words continues between members of the Doug Ford PCs at Queen’s Park and politicians at Toronto City Hall.

Premier Ford in a strongly worded letter to Mayor John Tory, disputes the claim that Toronto Public Health will lose $1-billion in funding over the next decade due to budget cuts.

Ford says in the first year there will only be “an adjustment” of $33-million dollars, meaning the city would be required to re-allocate 0.24 percent of their budget in order to cover the shortfall.

In the letter, Ford also states that Mayor Tory “continues to use misleading numbers that falsely raise the threat of Toronto cutting back on certain health programs and services.”

The mayor told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, he understands that all of the numbers being thrown around are confusing for people.

“No matter which calculation you accept…they’re cutting back by tens of millions of dollars on public health expenditures and they’re doing it for all cities across southern Ontario. Every city or town is having a very substantial cutback and in the case of Toronto, the cutbacks are bigger. They deliberately made the cutbacks millions more in Toronto than in any other city, and I certainly don’t understand the reasoning behind that,” Tory explained to Fight Back. Click here to listen to the full conversation.

Under the proposed cuts to Public Health Units, the provincial Progressive Conservatives would go from providing 75 percent of funding to Toronto Public Health to 50 percent.

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