“One issue that concerns Ontarians greatly is that of the exponential rise in the cost of policing. The province and municipalities spend a total of $3.8 billion annually year on policing, and over the last decade costs have been rising by 5-7 percent a year driven by rising labour costs, increasing demands on police services and other pressures. Every municipality across the province is struggling to figure out how it can continue to fund adequate and effective policing services without sacrificing or negatively affecting other important programs.

Do you agree that this is an urgent issue and, if so, what concrete actions would you take as Premier to address it?”

Dr. Alok Mukerjee
Ontario Association of Police Service Boards