Mayor says provincial funding cut will mean a loss of services in Toronto.
“It’s going to have to come down to program cuts. It’s the province’s fault.”
—Toronto mayor Rob Ford, in response to a letter from provincial finance minister Charles Sousa announcing that Queen’s Park would be cutting nearly $150 million in funding to Toronto. In that letter, Sousa told Ford that since the province was uploading services over the same period, this would not adversely affect Toronto; however, in a press conference today Ford rejected that analysis, maintaining that the province “has a spending problem, not a revenue problem,” and that the cut was unwarranted. He also reiterated his commitment to cutting the municipal land transfer tax (a significant revenue source for the City) by 10 per cent during the next budget cycle, saying “that’s what taxpayers elected me to do,” and that the provincial cut would need to be balanced out with a loss of services (though he did not specify which). Ford and Sousa are scheduled to meet and discuss the funding cut on Monday.