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Report & Analysis | Ontario Provincial Budget 2019

Published on
April 11, 2019

Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli tabled the Progressive Conservative government’s first Budget today, unveiling their first annual fiscal plan since being elected in June 2018. As the government holds a comfortable majority of seats in the Legislature, this was the first of four budgets the Ford Government will table.  

There is a widely held view that the first, and possibly the second budgets of any majority government are the toughest and least politically popular; that the third is somewhat neutral and sets the table for the fourth one, which is the pre-election budget and often full of goodies for voters. We will let you reach your own conclusion, based on the contents and our analysis below.

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Joseph Ragusa
Principal
A founding partner of Sussex, Joseph has been a Principal at the firm since its inception in 1998. With over 30 years of experience in government, consulting, and politics, Joseph has particular strength in policy development and government process, with an acute talent for assessing political dynamics. Joseph employs his experience, his relationships with stakeholders and government officials, and his reputation in pursuit of his clients’ government relations objectives. Joseph leads the Sussex provincial government relations practice.
Brian Zeiler-Kligman
Senior Associate, Provincial Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
A member of the Ontario Bar, Brian has spent his career at the intersection of government, politics, business and the law. Brian works to ensure the public, private and non-profit sectors understand each other’s respective priorities and to create effective public policy that can be supported by all actors.
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Chris Benedetti
Principal
Chris Benedetti is a Principal with Sussex Strategy Group, and Head of its Energy and Environment Practice. With experience in both federal and provincial governments, Mr. Benedetti provides an in-depth insight and expertise into various policy development and political processes, and brings to Sussex an extensive background in strategic communications and public affairs.
Naomi Shuman
Policy and Research Lead
Naomi holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto and a Master of Biomedicine, Bioscience and Society from the London School of Economics. Her research and analysis products have been used to inform government strategy and the decision-making process.
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