As the province continues to battle COVID-19, Ontario’s 2021 Budget focuses on protecting health and jobs today - because we can’t have a healthy economy without healthy people.
When it comes to health care, Minister Bethlenfalvy is also looking to the future. He’ll make the case that while the provinces are investing more and more, the federal government is no longer paying their fair share. This poses a real threat and urgent action is required.
Join Canadian Club Toronto and Minister Bethlenfalvy on March 25 to learn more about this pressing issue and to discuss the government’s comprehensive action plan that will protect the people of Ontario through COVID-19 and beyond. The Minister will be joined in conversation by Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief of Toronto Sun.
This event is free of charge thanks to our sponsors. You will receive the access link on the morning of the event.
President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Finance, and Minister Responsible for Digital and Data Transformation
Peter Bethlenfalvy is President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Finance, and Minister Responsible for Digital and Data Transformation. He was elected as MPP for Pickering—Uxbridge in 2018.
Minister Bethlenfalvy is responsible for ensuring Ontario’s long-term fiscal sustainability and providing the fiscal firepower needed to protect the health and wellbeing of Ontarians in the face of COVID-19.
Through his role as President of the Treasury Board, he is responsible for the province’s expenditure management efforts, the government’s internal audit work, and is the official employer of the province’s public servants. Minister Bethlenfalvy led the creation of Ontario’s Office of the Comptroller General – the first of its kind in any Canadian province – and is Chair of the Future State Modernization Committee.
As Minister of Finance, he is responsible for the management of the province’s finances and building the environment for long-term economic prosperity. In the face of COVID-19, Minister Bethlenfalvy is focused on providing the supports Ontario families, workers, and businesses need through the pandemic. As the province charts its long-term recovery, he is working to ensure our health care system, communities and economy are positioned to emerge stronger than ever before.
As Minister Responsible for Digital and Data Transformation, he leads the government’s modernization initiatives, which are being brought to life through Ontario Onwards: Ontario’s COVID-19 Action Plan. Among these initiatives is the government’s Digital Identity initiative that aims to create a safe, secure, and convenient way to authenticate your identity online. These programs aim to transform how citizens interact with their government by making services more convenient and accessible.
Editor in Chief, Toronto Sun
Adrienne Batra was born and raised in Saskatchewan.
She has an undergraduate degree in political science and a Masters in Public Administration.
Ms. Batra worked at the Saskatchewan Legislature as a researcher with the opposition caucus office.
She then moved on to be the Manitoba Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada's largest taxpayer advocacy group.
In 2010, Ms. Batra was the Director of Communications for the Rob Ford for Mayor campaign, and moved on to serve in the Office of the Mayor as Ford's Press Secretary.
Upon leaving City Hall, she became the Comment Editor and columnist for the Toronto Sun and political commentator on Newstalk 1010.
Ms. Batra hosted her own TV show on Sun News Network, focussed on political, social and economic issues.
In June of 2015, Ms. Batra was appointed as the Editor in Chief of the Toronto Sun and 24Hours Toronto.
She has appeared on Fox Business News, CNN and BBC and is a frequent contributor on Global News and CTV News Channel, CBC, CP24 and AM640.
Ms. Batra also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant, and was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction award. In 2013 she was awarded with a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and serves on the Board of Governors for the National Newspaper Awards and the Canadian Journalism Foundation and served on the Board of the Canadian Club Toronto.