The Ford government's first 2019 provincial budget was unveiled yesterday afternoon, including Ontario's alcohol changes and regulation amendments. The announcement of Ontario's new financial agenda has caused quite a stir, to say the least. Specifically, the observation made by CBC Provincial Affairs Reporter Mike Crawley which scrutinized the budget's disproportionate use of the words "alcohol" and "beer". The news has evoked outrage from Ontarians who criticize the province for having misplaced priorities.
Contrastingly, Crawley noted that the words "teacher" and "teachers" only appeared 25 times throughout Ford's budget plans.
In yesterday's budget announcement, the province revealed its plans to modify alcohol regulations, changing the way booze is sold and consumed throughout Ontario. The new budget's official documents explain, "Ontario's Government for the People respects adult consumers by trusting them to make responsible choices that work for them."
The documents describe the government's plans to "deliver improved choice for consumers and more opportunities for businesses". Some of these changes include allowing Ontario cities to create their own rules about drinking in public spaces, legalizing tailgating at sporting events, extending the last call of alcohol sales beyond 2:00 AM and more.
When it comes to education, though, Ontario is taking a very different approach to program funding.
A memo from Ontario's Ministry of Education revealed the province's plans to cut 3 percent of Ontario's current teacher workforce - about 3,475 full-time positions - by the 2022-2023 school year. As a result, class sizes are expected to grow in exchange for total savings of $851-million. Additionally, the ministry announced that up to 1,000 Toronto high school teaching positions are now classified as "surplus".
Needless to say, many Ontarians aren't on board with the new proposals:
This is how people on Twitter are reacting to the Ford government's first budget:
And my personal favourite response:
Drink up, Ontario. It's going to be a long three years until the next provincial election.