Queen's Park - April 25, 2018 - Today, the Auditor General released a pre-election
report on the government's budget numbers. The report found that Ontario's deficit
is actually $11.7 billion, 75 per cent larger than the Liberals would have you believe.
"Once again we're reminded that this Liberal government will say and do anything
in an effort to cling to power," said Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek. "This
government is cooking the books in an effort to keep the people of Ontario in the
In her report, the Auditor General's stated; "We concluded that the Pre-election
Report is not a reasonable presentation of Ontario's finances … resulting in understated
deficits." The auditor projects that deficit to be 85% higher at $12.2 billion,
and 92% higher in 2020-21 — $12.5 billion rather than $6.5 billion as announced
in the budget.
"The Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford has committed to a full audit of the government's
books to restore responsibility, accountability, and trust in government," said
Yurek. "It will give us the opportunity to finally see just how much damage this
government has done to the province's finances."