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Ford's campaign promises laid out in Throne speech

13 July 2018

Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario.

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. The Lieutenant-Governor will deliver the Speech from the Throne on Thursday.

The speech, written by the premier's office and read by Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell at the Ontario legislature, sets out a road map for the new Progressive Conservative government's term.

The strike at York University has been underway since March and during the election the Tories said they would use back-to-work legislation to end the labour dispute.

"It's pretty clear that this government is bent and determined to drag this province down, to take us backwards, to take us into a race to the bottom and pull us into the last century", Horwath said.

The speech continued: "and opposing other carbon tax schemes in all of their forms".

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The government has already put the new sex-ed curriculum on ice and will ditch the "failed experimental discovery math" program children are taught in Ontario schools.

The throne speech did, however, promise to keep open the Pickering nuclear generating station and continue to work with Ottawa during the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. "I was told I wasn't welcome".

A release from the government says applications will be accepted from dealerships, auto owners and prospective auto owners so long as the vehicle has been delivered, registered and plated by July 11.

"So for me the most backward part of this plan is removing the part of consent".

"I want Ontario to be open for business to create jobs that are being created in 2018 and moving forward", he said.

The Ontario government says it will move to repeal cap and trade, end the York University strike and cancel a controversial wind project when the legislature resumes this week.

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"It's distressing not to hear a plan for the environment and climate change", he said.

The speech promised the government will reduce taxes for parents, small businesses and the working poor, and pledged to bring down electricity bills.

Schreiner said the new government is not living up to that promise by announcing it is cancelling the GreenON rebates for home improvements and the cancellation of rebates for people purchasing electric and hybrid vehicles. "And we are cancelling unnecessary renewable energy projects to help lower your electricity bills".

Moore and his wife have been vocal critics of the new sex ed curriculum since it was introduced in 2015.

The throne speech further said the government will provide stable health-care funding, including a $3.8 billion investment in mental health, addictions and supportive housing. "These challenges, if left unchecked, threaten livelihoods and imperil public services", it said. "And we will always put the best interests of the people first".

"It is just a real honour and a privilege to be able to serve Guelph", he said.

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Ford's campaign promises laid out in Throne speech