Ford government auto insurance changes good news for Ontario drivers

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Ford government auto insurance changes good news for Ontario drivers

"We are restoring sustainability to government finances in order to protect what matters most", said Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli.

The province will also introduce legislation that, if passed, would allow municipalities to set rules about where alcohol can be consumed in public areas, like parks.

The Ford government says Ontario is on track to having a provincial surplus by the year 2023-2024.

With that in mind, the Ford government has taken a responsible approach with a plan to bring deficit spending to an eventual end, Poilievre said.

It was announced in Ontario Budget 2019 that there will be changes to the current rules around "Happy Hour" advertising.

And related to public drinking, sports fans will be able to drink alcohol during tailgating parties at eligible sporting events. This is why the government plans to expand the sale of beer and wine to corner stores, big box stores and more grocery stores. As well, the province plans to push the federal government to allow betting on single-game sporting events, a practice that is now illegal. They are also promising to create 30,000 child-care spaces over five years. Families could receive up to $6,000 for eligible child care expenses per child under seven, up to $3,750 per child between the ages of seven and 16, and up to $8,250 per child with a severe disability.

Both Gravelle and Monteith-Farrell expressed disappointment in the $1-billion cut to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, as well as making up to 60 per cent of funding for colleges and universities contingent upon performance outcomes.

While the PC's plans for auto insurance are in their early stages, if implemented as planned, this series of moderate common sense changes to the confusing and high priced world of auto insurance should result in savings for Ontario drivers.

The 2019 Ontario Budget introduces no new taxes and, along with measures announced to date, will allow the government to provide a projected $26 billion in much-needed relief to individuals, families and businesses over six years, and eliminate the deficit.

The colour scheme was the only part of the plate change that wasn't leaked ahead of the $163.4 billion budget, unveiled on Thursday afternoon. The PC government intends to spend just under $600,000 for a redesign of the province's branding, that includes the official government logo and slogan, licence plates and drivers' licences. Every year, his government has produced bigger deficits than it promised, and this year's is almost $20 billion. However, a freeze on further spending has been slated for 2020-2021 fiscal year.

After years of massive spending increases under the Liberals, the best that can be said is that under Ford's PCs, the spending is going up by less, but still going up. "The government is undermining learning conditions for all students with larger class sizes and insufficient funding for students with special needs, mental health issues and high-risk behaviours". "What we didn't expect was level of irresponsibility and outright cruelty that we are seeing in this budget".

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath slammed the cuts to social programs as evidence the budget "won't help families".

The Ford government said it is continuing its efforts to eliminate what it projects as a deficit of $11.7 billion.

"When you make these kind of changes you have to recognize that they will have (social) impacts and plan for those impacts", Horwath said.

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