In 2016-17, the deficit was $0.991 billion but $6.276 billion was added to the net debt.
Insurance companies are the principal beneficiaries of Ontario’s new publicly-funded pharmacare program.
Electricity prices in Toronto rose by 71 per cent between 2008 and 2016.
The government-owned chain is the only Ontario retailer to sell spirits.
Tobacco taxes and LCBO revenues have grown robustly.
Ontario has offered government workers a 7.5 per cent pay raise.
Labour market performance has been extremely weak since the last recession.
Governments across Canada are betting big (carbon tax) money on clean tech.
Northern Ontario municipalities have increasingly been raising their residential municipal taxes and sewer/water charges.