Ontario throne speech highlights pledges made by Doug Ford campaign

Area MPP leading Tory rollback of Ontario sex-ed curriculum

Premier Doug Ford promised to repeal and replace the controversial sex-ed curriculum when he ran for the Progressive Conservative leadership and repeated the pledge during the spring election.

The Ontario Electric Vehicle Incentive Program gave new auto buyers in that province the biggest financial incentives to buy electric in the country, and among the largest in the world.

In Thursday's nine-page speech from the throne - written by Ford's office but read by Lt. -Gov. "We are restoring accountability, so you can feel confident your government works for you - not the insiders and elites".

The speech also promises to restore faith in public institutions and highlights a Tory pledge to complete a line-by-line audit of all government spending to identify waste.

The new board will be responsible for appointing a new CEO.

"We can not afford to dither or delay. To overcome these challenges, we must challenge the status quo, reject the old compromises and embrace change", the throne speech said. "The era of accounting tricks and sleight of hand must end".

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However, it made no mention of one issue the government had said would be one of its priorities for the rare summer sitting of the legislature: ending an ongoing strike at York University.

The new sex-ed curriculum sparked controversy, particularly among social conservatives, when the Liberal government introduced it.

It further says the government will provide stable health-care funding, including a $3.8 billion investment in mental health, addictions and supportive housing. They will also increase "supports" for families with autistic children, although few details were provided.

The latest casualty of the decision to cancel cap and trade is the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program. It will protect jobs by continuing to work with the federal government to stand up to tariffs and ensure Ontario's best interests are reflected in the NAFTA negotiations.

Ford ended nearly 15 years of Liberal government in the June 7 election.

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