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Ontario
In office
Premier
Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
1,269 days in office
Ontario's 42nd Parliament
07 Jun 2018 - Present

The 2018 Ontario general election was held on June 7, 2018 to elect the 124 members of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario.

The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, led by Doug Ford, won a majority government with 76 of the 124 seats in the legislature. The incumbent Liberal government was effectively swept out of Parliament, securing only 7 seats in the legislature and consequently having to surrender official party status.

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Promise History

1.03.27 - “Return to a balanced budget on a responsible timeframe”

Broken
04-Jun-2019
Justification

During the 2018 election campaign, Doug Ford stated that, if elected, the Progressive Conservatives would balance the provincial budget in the third or fourth year of their first term. Ontario’s current budget deficit, however, has more than doubled since the 2018/2019 fiscal year. While this deficit is largely due to the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it had already been projected in 2019 (i.e. before the onset of the pandemic) that Ontario would not return to a balanced budget by 2022—that is, the end of the Ford government’s mandate. For this reason, the promise is considered broken.

“Ontario’s deficit is projected to be $11.7 billion in 2018-19. […] We have a plan that will: […] put Ontario on a path to balance the budget in a responsible way by 2023-24.”

Ontario’s finances

Published: Jun 2019
Broken
12-Jul-2018
Justification

During the 2018 election campaign, Doug Ford stated that, if elected, the Progressive Conservatives would balance the provincial budget in the third or fourth year of their first term. Ontario’s current budget deficit, however, has more than doubled since the 2018/2019 fiscal year. While this deficit is largely due to the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it had already been projected in 2019 (i.e. before the onset of the pandemic) that Ontario would not return to a balanced budget by 2022—that is, the end of the Ford government’s mandate. For this reason, the promise is considered broken.

“During the campaign, [Premier Doug] Ford repeatedly told reporters that the province’s nearly $12-billion deficit would be flattened in his government’s first term. For example on May 23 he said: “we aren’t going to balance the first year, maybe not the second year but we will balance maybe the third or fourth year, our goal is to balance the budget.”

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