Doug Ford speaking behind a podium at the Vaughn Mayor's gala on June 7, 2023.

Ford’s file switch of wealth to the rich

Through the time the Mike Harris Conservatives had been in energy from 1995 to 2003, a file quantity of public wealth was transferred to the rich. Simply what’s public wealth? Public wealth is our training system, our healthcare system, our water system and was as soon as our hydro-electric system. It’s our provincial parks, forests, lakes, rivers and the inexperienced is usually the collective complete of all our tax {dollars} within the provincial treasury. There’s way more to public wealth if you add in issues like long run care, neighborhood facilities, hockey and curling arenas. The sum complete of our public wealth is sort of large and the rich need it.  

Harris privatized Hwy 407 for a paltry sum. In a far worse deal Harris privatized the Bruce nuclear plant, the place once more the income had been privatized however the debt and dangers remained public.  

Harris lower taxes massively for the rich and their companies. To be able to pay for these tax cuts, Harris slashed healthcare spending to the purpose the place Ontario misplaced greater than 10,000 nurses. Training was slashed by the training funding method which to this present day continues to be shortchanging the training system inflicting a disaster there. 

Harris modified all the Hydro System from a non-profit at-cost system to a for revenue company system packaging it as much as be bought. Unbelievably after going fishing with Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay, Harris put in an Enron designed electrical energy market which additionally continues to be plaguing us to this present day. The listing is for much longer and features a lengthy listing of a elimination of legal guidelines and rules that had been designed to guard the general public, together with the elimination of a regulation requiring a binding public referendum anytime a public asset was to be bought.

It looks as if day by day and each week; Ford is hell bent on breaking Harris’s file switch of wealth to the rich. Long run care was privatized the place 1000’s died throughout the pandemic, many from neglect. Given the horrific file of personal long-term care, Ford gave these homeowners 30-year licenses and is permitting the constructing of extra non-public long run care properties. 

On prime of shortfalls attributable to the funding method, Ford is reducing training funding extra. It actually seems to be like he’s making a disaster once more in order that training could be privatized by constitution colleges or on-line training companies. 

Ford’s authorities since first elected has lower and underfunded healthcare creating that disaster and is presenting privatization as the answer. In spite of everything, the non-public sector is simply a lot extra environment friendly and caring proper? 

Everybody is aware of concerning the well-publicized seize and switch of the greenbelt lands to personal builders Ford’s shut mates. This explicit switch of wealth is commonly facilitated by Ford’s use of Ministerial Zoning Orders. This dictatorial use of MZO’s usually sweeps apart native municipal democratically made selections giving lands to wealthy builders.

On prime of all that Ford is spending $8.2 billion each 12 months on tax cuts. In keeping with the Monetary Accountability Workplace (FAO) since being elected Ford is spending each 12 months $6.9 billion a 12 months subsidizing excessive hydro charges which can be attributable to the deregulated Enron designed electrical energy market. The FAO reported in 2022 that Ford goes to spend $118 billion subsiding these artificially inflated charges into the long run. That’s a complete of greater than $15 billion a 12 months of public wealth being given to the rich and defending their money-making machine within the electrical energy market. 

In keeping with the FAO, which Ford now’s in denial saying their figures are mistaken, he’s holding again $22 billion within the provincial treasury whereas on the identical time interesting Invoice 124 which denies nurses, healthcare employees, ambulance drivers’ paramedics and all different public sector employees a elevate. That is once more inflicting nurses and healthcare employees to depart in droves.

Ford’s safety of each the training funding method and hydro deregulation laws of Mike Harris is only a continuation of the switch of wealth to the rich. 

Premier Ford the Guinness E-book of World Information will seemingly be calling you quickly to confirm your new data. 

For all of you who didn’t vote final time, issues to consider.

Author: ZeroToHero

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