Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government has delivered a throne speech promising to cut taxes, provide health care funding and slash government waste.
Repealing the new sex-ed curriculum, reducing gas prices and lower hydro bills are just some of the pledges the Conservatives made during their throne speech Thursday.
Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell shook hands with Premier Ford, then went inside the legislature to deliver the speech.
Titled “A Government for the People,” it echoed many of the promises made by Premier Doug Ford during the election campaign.
It highlighted key pledges to conduct a line by line audit of all government spending to eliminate waste, pull out of the cap-and-trade system and fight what his government calls “oppressive” taxes.
“It is a government that has been given a clear mandate from Ontarians,” said Dowdeswell.
“Your government will take action to reduce gas prices, lower your hydro bills and provide meaningful necessary tax relief to parents, small businesses and the working poor.”
The Tories promising to restore faith in public institutions and replace the current sex education curriculum.
On healthcare the government has promised 15,000 new long term care beds and a $3.8 billion investment in mental health, addictions and supportive housing.
Afterwards, Opposition leader Andrea Horwath was quick to pick apart what she heard.
“I think its pretty clear that this government is bent and determined to drag this province down to take us backwards to take us to a race to the bottom and pull us into the last century.”
She said all the new government has done so far is make cuts.
There was no mention in the speech of ending the strike at York University but Ford did mention that it was a priority in a news release.
The Conservatives are also vowing to expand the sale and wine and beer in grocery and convenience stores and say they will work with the federal government to stand up to tariffs.