Why do Conservatives put cuts before consultation, asks Schreiner

Mike Schreiner released the following statement after the government back-tracked on $28 million in cuts to the Children’s Aid Society:

“Rather than taking the first year to listen and make informed decisions, the Ford government came in guns blazing, eager to slash and burn social spending without an ounce of consultation.

Instead of working to build Ontario up, they made plans for wholesale cuts that were fiscally and morally irresponsible. 

And particularly disturbing was their willingness to target vulnerable children, whether it was  shrinking autism funding or firing the independent Child Advocate.

They want to listen now, but why did it take them a year and a half to understand the importance of asking those affected by cuts?

While I am relieved that Children’s Aid Societies won’t be left scrambling with a $28 million shortfall, this seems more like a decision driven by Ford’s plummeting popularity than by the interests of children.”