Time machine throne speech transports province to the '90s: Opposition

Time machine throne speech transports province to the '90s: Opposition

Time machine throne speech transports province to the '90s: Opposition

EDUCATION REFORM: The province said it would replace "failed ideological experiments in the classroom" with "tried-and-true methods" when it comes to math and sex ed.

The program was to be funded with revenue from the cap-and-trade system, which is being abolished.

The government also laid out its plan to expand the sale of beer and wine to convenience stores, grocery stores and big-box stores, and to roll back restrictions on police officers, calling the measures a show of respect for consumers and law enforcement, respectively.

"We will strike the Liberal cap-and-trade tax law from the books and repeal any legislation that would enable a future government to impose a cap-and-trade carbon tax", he said. The government will address those issues at a later date, he said.

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Premier Ford has already said that his government will run a deficit in its first, second and possibly third year before returning to black, but he recommitted to a commission of inquiry and a line-by-line audit to go over government spending and bookkeeping.

Ontario's education minister says the sex-ed curriculum taught to children in the coming school year will be an older version, not the controversial updated program brought in by the previous government.

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

"The people of Ontario can't afford to wait and they won't have to wait", Smith said Tuesday.

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Fraser also slammed the Tory pledge to repeal the sex ed curriculum and said claims that parents weren't consulted during its development are wrong.

Cap and trade proceeds were to be used to pay for things like energy retrofits, but the program also added 4.3 cents to every litre of gasoline and about 5 cents to every litre of diesel fuel.

"It makes me, as a parent, more vigilant", she said.

McMaster University political science professor Peter Graefe said unlike some previous Progressive Conservative throne speeches under the Mike Harris government, this speech had little in the way of detail on major items. 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.

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