March 30, 2017 ·
By Bill Rea
Ontario’s Liberal government is using public funds to promote itself, says Sylvia Jones, and she wants it to stop.
In a press conference at Queen’s Park yesterday (Wednesday), Dufferin-Caledon’s MPP called on the government to support her private member’s bill that would put an end to its taxpayer-funded partisan advertisements.
“Life’s already too unaffordable under the Liberals,” she said. “Having taxpayers foot the bill for self-congratulatory and misleading ads is unacceptable.”
Ms. Jones pointed out that in 2015 the Liberals amended the Government Advertising Act of 2004 to remove the Auditor General’s oversight of government advertisements. Since then, she said, taxpayers have paid for millions of dollars of advertisements that do little more than sell Liberal spin.
The most recent example she cited concerned a series of ads promoting their new plans to reduce hydro rates.
“These ads represent nearly $1 million going towards Premier Kathleen Wynne’s re-election campaign,” Ms. Jones said. “This is taxpayer money that should be going towards desperately needed hydro relief for families, businesses and hospitals.”
“This legislation will restore the Auditor General’s ability to review and approve government-funded advertising,” Ms. Jones remarked. “I urge Premier Wynne and her Liberal Caucus to do the right thing, respect taxpayer dollars, and support this legislation.”
She later said the bill is slated to come up for debate in the legislature today (Thursday), but…
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