Share November 5, 2020 4:59 p.m. Updated at 5:10 p.m. Share Did the Ford government listen to minorities in the province?
Émilie Pelletier Local Journalism Initiative – The Law The pandemic has exacerbated the problems of minority groups around the world, and Ontario has not been spared. In its annual budget, unveiled Thursday, does the Ford government show that it has listened to them? The Law has spotted and scrutinized the “new investments” which target these communities.
First, the francophones. The word “francophone” is mentioned 24 times in the 260-page budget document from the Ontario Minister of Finance.
This is 21 times more than in the first budget tabled by the Ford government in 2018. But are Francophones more represented there this time around?
Yes, says Minister of Francophone Affairs Caroline Mulroney. “I created a Francophone ministerial committee, and we worked for several weeks at the start of the pandemic to make recommendations to our government,” she recalls, stressing that Francophones were at the center of her work “in as a member of the Ontario Economic Recovery Committee ”.
In fact, the Progressive Conservative government will have allocated $ 7.1 million to Francophone Affairs in 2020-2021, that is, $ 1.1 million more than what the previous Liberal government offered, and $ 2.1 million more than its own funding granted in 2019-2020.
Minister Mulroney told Law that her government has set up a $ 2 million relief fund for francophone not-for-profit organizations in the province, but this amount is nowhere indicated in the Minister's budget. Finances.
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