Five things to know about the Ontario government's throne speech


Smith says government legislation to scrap the cap-and-trade system will tabled and will also prevent a future government from imposing a carbon price in Ontario.

The leader of Ontario's Opposition said Friday that Doug Ford's decision to repeal Ontario's modernized sex-ed curriculum and replace it with a 20-year-old version was a move to please social conservatives and one that would hurt the province's children. "Individuals who want to lower the costs of operating their cars by going electric, which is much cheaper than gasoline - they have taken money out of those people's pockets".

"These oppressive taxes make life unaffordable for families and put thousands of Ontario jobs at risk", the Ford government says. "These challenges, if left unchecked, threaten livelihoods and imperil public services", it said.

"In a time of global turmoil and change, maintaining and strengthening the bond between the people and their public representatives must always be top of mind for us all".

It further said the government will provide stable health-care funding, including a $3.8 billion investment in mental health, addictions and supportive housing.

He said it is concerning to him that the previous government's cap-and-trade program is being cancelled with no replacement, which may end up costing Ontario in the end as it abruptly ends its commitments.

Ford nonetheless stressed those priorities in a statement Thursday, saying his government would get to work quickly so "people can see real change fast".

"Given the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program and the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Programs are funded through cap-and-trade proceeds, these programs are cancelled". "We'll end up with something that really helps children". Elizabeth Dowdeswell said Thursday, reading from the throne speech prepared by Premier Doug Ford's PC government.

"Your new government believes that no dollar is better spent than the dollar that is left in the pockets of the taxpayer", the speech says, signalling a sharp turn from the previous Liberal "activist centre" government.

University of Toronto political science professor Nelson Wiseman said Ford, who led the party to a sweeping majority, is capitalizing on his momentum.

"Absolutely not, I'm here today, I'm taking questions", he said. "He feels the wind in his sails".

The prospect of beer in corner stores was made by Ford as one of his campaign promises.

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