GUELPH – Mike Schreiner, released the following statement in response to the government’s flawed licence plate refund program.
“Not only did this shameless vote-buying exercise cost the province $2.4 billion dollars, we now learn that a few people made out way better than the majority of people.
The Premier said it was meant to put money back in people’s pockets – the trouble is a lot more money went into the pockets of the wealthy at a time when average folks are struggling to pay the bills.
We now see that one car owner received $38,000, while a total of $32 million was divided up among just 21,000 people for an average of $1,200 each – the equivalent of owning five cars.
I was part of the only party to vote against this election gimmick. That $2.24 billion should have been spent on the things Ontarians really need – keeping our hospital ERs open, better mental health services and an education system that puts students first.”