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Doug Ford outlines drastic reforms for Ontario in throne speech

Doug Ford outlines drastic reforms for Ontario in throne speech

This summer session will build on the achievements the Government for the People has already made, such as freeing taxpayers from the cap-and-trade carbon tax scheme, fixing OHIP+ and reining in government spending.

While critics of the sex-ed curriculum have applauded Premier Doug Ford for following through on his election campaign promise, many others have said the province's short-term solution - forcing schools to teach the previous curriculum which is now 20 years-old - ignores more recent developments like gay marriage and the Internet.

"I was happy to see them mentioned in the throne speech and that is one area I am hoping I can work across party lines to improve public services for Guelph and for Ontario", said Schreiner.

He said it is concerning to him that the previous government's cap-and-trade program is being cancelled with no replacement, which may end up costing Ontario in the end as it abruptly ends its commitments.

"Given the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program and the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Programs are funded through cap-and-trade proceeds, these programs are cancelled".

The speech says the government will also respect parents, teachers and students by dumping "failed ideological experiments in the classroom with tried and true methods that work".

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"We are ending the deadlocked strike at York University so students can get back to school".

"In a time of global turmoil and change, maintaining and strengthening the bond between the people and their public representatives must always be top of mind for us all".

Charles McVety, the president of the Canadian Christian College, was in attendance for the first throne speech of the Ford government on Thursday afternoon.

"Individuals and businesses that want to make investments to lower their electricity bill by saving energy - they have taken money out of their pockets", said Schreiner.

On healthcare, the throne speech said the Ford government would add 15,000 new long-term care beds over five years and invest $3.8 billion investment in mental health and addictions, including supportive housing.

"Politically, I think what he's doing is smart", he said. He wants to keep it that way. He said the move would bring down electricity rates but struggled to explain how when asked repeatedly by reporters.