Taras Natyshak MPP, Essex

Government of Ontario

NDP’s Natyshak tables bill to stop partisan government ads on the public dime

Published on April 17, 2019

TORONTO — NDP MPP Taras Natyshak will table a bill Wednesday that will stop the government from using public money on partisan advertising. Natyshak said it should be easy for the Conservatives to vote for the bill, since they wrote it.

The bill was originally tabled by the Conservatives in 2017, when they were Ontario’s Official Opposition.

“In 2015, the Wynne Liberals gutted the rules surrounding government advertising, removing the auditor general’s power to veto ads that use public money to promote the government of the day. Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government wanted to waste your dollars to promote themselves, and they definitely did,” said Natyshak.

“Today, I’m going to table a private member’s bill which, if passed, would put a stop to taxpayer-funded partisan advertising, and restore the auditor general’s veto power. I assume the Conservatives will support this bill. Because they already did.”

In 2017, then-deputy leader of the Conservatives, MPP Sylvia Jones, wrote and introduced private member’s bill 112 – the bill Natyshak will renumber and table Wednesday under his own name.

“Today, I am re-tabling Ms. Jones’s 2017 bill,” said Natyshak. “I invite my Conservative colleagues to ensure that money that comes from hardworking Ontarians doesn’t get diverted to pay for whatever self-serving commercials or gas-pump stickers the government of the day has cooked up to help itself.

“Of course, voting against this bill would be the height of hypocrisy. That’s the kind of ugly, two-faced double-dealing that no one wants to see.”

A second reading debate and vote on the bill is expected to take place May 9.