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'No surprises' in coming Ontario budget, Ford tells rural leaders

Last Updated Jan 20, 2020 at 11:04 am EDT

Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks to the media outside of his office in the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on Thursday November 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Premier Doug Ford says there will be “no surprises” for Ontario municipalities in his government’s spring budget.

Ford made the comments today during a speech at a conference of rural municipal leaders in Toronto.

The Progressive Conservative government has started consultations to develop its second spending package, which will be unveiled later this year.

Ford’s first budget angered civic leaders when it quietly made funding cuts to public health and child care.

The government backtracked on the funding cuts, postponing them until this year and offering transitional funding to municipalities as they dealt with the changes.

Ford says he has asked his cabinet to reach out to municipalities to ensure they are aware of measures coming in the budget.

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