Hello beer in corner stores; bye discovery math: Throne speech

Pablo Tucker
July 14, 2018

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says Doug Ford is repealing Ontario's modernized sex-education curriculum to please social conservative supporters, a move that she says will hurt the province's children.

The Tories repeated their promise to order a line-by-line audit of all government spending as part of their efforts to find billions in efficiencies.

Little was said about what the new government plans to do to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in the province other than stating, once again, the end of Ontario's cap-and-trade agreement with Quebec and California.

EXPANDING BEER AND WINE SALES: The Tories said they would trust adults to make responsible choices and allow consumers to buy beer and wine in convenience stores, grocery stores and big-box stores.

The government will focus on putting everyday workers and families first. During the election, Ford promised to cut the middle class tax rate from 9.15 per cent to 7.32 per cent, but the plan would not be implemented until 2020-2021. The throne speech warned that any carbon taxation by the federal government would be considered "oppressive taxes" and met with great resistance.

The PCs will introduce legislation to bring a halt to the four-month-old York University strike by teaching assistants and graduate assistants.

Earlier this week, Ford's new Progressive Conservative government said teachers will use the 1998 version of the sex-ed curriculum this fall as consultations are carried out for a new document.

"He's really brought common sense to this", McVety said.

"The people of Ontario can't afford to wait", Smith said. The Government for the People will also send a message to the world that Ontario is open for business, and it will back up that message by lowering taxes and reducing regulatory burdens.

Liberal Leader John Fraser said the government failed to tell Ontarians the true cost of ending the cap-and-trade program, noting it has already meant $100 million less for school retrofits and repairs.

"Some numbers - 4,000 parents, 2,400 educators, 700 students, 170 organizations including CAMH over ten years went into writing this curriculum, so anyone saying there wasn't enough consultation is telling you nonsense", she said.

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