Ford government outlines short-term priorities for rare summer session

Area MPP leading Tory rollback of Ontario sex-ed curriculum

Guelph's newly-elected member of provincial parliament says he is concerned the wording and tone in Thursday's speech from the throne relating to clean tech and the green economy will be a turnoff for businesses looking to invest in Ontario and in Guelph. The Lieutenant-Governor will deliver the Speech from the Throne on Thursday. "We are restoring accountability, so you can feel confident your government works for you - not the insiders and elites".

At the cabinet's swearing-in ceremony last month, Ford and Finance Minister Vic Fedeli both promised a line-by-line audit of the previous government's spending.

The Tories are projecting a "responsible, modest and pragmatic" return to a balanced budget.

"The people of Ontario can't afford to wait and they won't have to wait", Smith said Tuesday. We face mounting challenges at home and overseas. "The era of accounting tricks and sleight of hand must end".

While critics of the sex-ed curriculum have applauded Premier Doug Ford's follow 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.

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Sexual health advocates will rally Friday to protest the Ontario PC government's decision to repeal the current sex-ed curriculum.

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. They will also increase "supports" for families with autistic children, although few details were provided.

However, it makes 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. We are striking the cap-and-trade carbon tax from the books.

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. During the election, Ford promised to cut the middle class tax rate from 9.15 per cent to 7.32 per cent, but the plan would not be implemented until 2020-2021.

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