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RSS FeedsFord uses throne speech to signal dramatic changes that loom for Ontario
(The Star Travel)


12 july 2018 20:57:56

Ford uses throne speech to signal dramatic changes that loom for Ontario
(The Star Travel)

Warning “change will not be easy,” Premier Doug Ford’s new Progressive Conservative government is signalling it will move quickly with dramatic reforms.In Thursday’s speech from the throne — read in the legislature on by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and titled “A Government for the People” — the new administration will convene a commission of inquiry into the previous Liberal government’s spending practices.The Tories will also free police from “onerous restrictions that treat those in uniform as subjects of suspicion and scorn,” end “unaffordable green energy contracts,” and expand beer and wines sales to convenience and big-box stores.While the speech did not specifically mention the $6 billion in spending cuts that Ford promised during the spring election campaign, it heralded a new era of restraint.“We cannot afford to dither or delay. To overcome these challenges, we must challenge the status quo, reject the old compromises and embrace change,” the nine-page throne speech said.“The road ahead will not be easy, but the path is clear.”On education, the Ford government will replace the 2015 “sex education curriculum with an age-appropriate one that is based on real consultation with parents.”In a sop to the social conservatives who helped him become Tory leader in March, the new premier’s administration will use the 1998 sex education syllabus, which predates Google, same-sex marriage, and social media, until a new lesson plan is developed.Students will no longer be taught the “failed experimental ‘discovery math’ curricula” in favour of a focus on fundamentals.Although the income tax cuts Ford promised during the June 7 election will not take effect for at least two years, the throne speech promised “meaningful, necessary tax relief to parents, small businesses, and the working poor.”“You ...
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