What People Are Saying About Doug Ford’s Budget Announcement

Beer and alcohol mentioned more than education

What caught the immediate attention of the internet during the Ontario provincial budget announcement Thursday was the number of mentions and references to alcohol instead of more pressing topics, like say education. As CBC’s Ontario Provincial Affairs Reporter Mike Crawley pointed out, “the word “alcohol” or “beer” appears 46 times in the Doug Ford government’s first budget. The words “teacher” or “teachers” appears 25 times.”

The Booze Budget

Roll up those sleeves and pull up a bar stool as Ontario could become Canada’s new party province. The words alcohol and beer came out nearly 50 times during the budget announcement. It’s good news for those currently out discreetly drinking tall boys at the park. You can now leave that koozie at home. But not every green space would become your new neighbourhood local. In the legislation, the province would allow municipalities to designate parks for the consumption of alcohol.

The Tories again talked about expanding beer and wine sales to neighbourhood corner stores. There was of course the tailgating news that broke earlier in the week. And it didn’t stop there. You will soon be able to crack them open earlier in the day with alcohol sales beginning at 9am at licensed restaurants and eateries.

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Finance boss Vic Fedeli presented the budget at Queen’s Park, highlighting some spending on a few programs and services, with cuts to other areas.

“Nobody should underestimate the mess we inherited.”

Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli

Fedeli says the PC government inherited a significant deficit, at $14 billion by the Ford government’s estimation, claiming cuts in this budget have lowered it to a projected $11.7 billion. The overall budget has a bottom line of $163.4 billion.

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