The 4 per cent so­lu­tion

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

“The On­tario gov­ern­ment is of­fer­ing to help school boards in the rid­ing of Stor­mont-Dun­das-South Glen­garry (SDSG) pro­tect core pub­lic ser­vices for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions by find­ing sav­ings of four cents on ev­ery dol­lar spent.”

So says Con­ser­va­tive MPP Jim McDonell who notes that the province is “pro­vid­ing $7.35 mil­lion for large ur­ban mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and dis­trict school boards in­ter­ested in con­duct­ing a line-by-line re­view to iden­tify po­ten­tial sav­ings while main­tain­ing vi­tal front­line ser­vices through the Au­dit and Ac­count­abil­ity Fund.”

“We share lo­cal school boards’ goal of pro­tect­ing what mat­ters most to the peo­ple of Stor­mont-Dun­das-South Glen­garry,” says Mr. McDonell. “With the in­tro­duc­tion of the Au­dit and Ac­count­abil­ity Fund, we can help them find four cents on the dol­lar in sav­ings to make sure we can pro­vide sus­tain­able pub­lic ser­vices for our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.”

Over 90 per cent of provin­cial spend­ing goes to­wards fund­ing school boards, hos­pi­tals, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and other out­side or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“By pro­vid­ing re­sources through the Au­dit and Ac­count­abil­ity Fund, the gov­ern­ment is of­fer­ing to help em­power pub­lic or­ga­ni­za­tions to work to­wards the shared goal of re­turn­ing the province to fis­cal bal­ance while mak­ing sure vi­tal pro­grams and ser­vices are main­tained,” the gov­ern­ment says.

“In the 2019 On­tario Bud­get, Pro­tect­ing What Mat­ters Most, the gov­ern­ment put for­ward a plan that sets On­tario on the right path to achieve sav­ings of four cents on the dol­lar. The gov­ern­ment’s plan also saw an in­crease in fund­ing for health care and post­sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, sup­port­ing mu­nic­i­pal trans­for­ma­tion ef­forts, while mov­ing for­ward on re­duc­ing the province’s debt bur­den.”

“Our gov­ern­ment was elected to fix 15 years of Lib­eral mis­man­age­ment, put the province on a path to bal­ance, and pro­tect ser­vices like health care and ed­u­ca­tion,” says Pre­mier Doug Ford. “But the pre­vi­ous Lib­eral gov­ern­ment was us­ing the credit card to pay the mort­gage and with in­ter­est pay­ments cost­ing our province $36 mil­lion a day, we can’t do it alone. We cam­paigned on find­ing four cents for ev­ery provin­cial dol­lar spent and we are ask­ing our part­ners to do the same.”

“Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and dis­trict school boards now have the tools they need to find real sav­ings and pro­tect what mat­ters most to the peo­ple of On­tario,” said Pre­mier Ford. “Our gov­ern­ment is ready and will­ing to roll up our sleeves and work with any­one who shares our pri­or­ity of re­turn­ing On­tario to fis­cal health.”

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