Andrea Horwath: Doug Ford Repealing Sex-Ed Curriculum To Please Social Conservatives

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"You can count on your government to respect the men and women of Ontario's Police Services by freeing them from onerous restrictions that treat those in uniform as suspects of suspicion and scorn", the speech says.

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, today delivered the Speech from the Throne at Queen's Park in Toronto.

The Ford government cancelled cap and trade as part of its commitment to cut gas prices by $0.10 a litre.

"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".

On healthcare, the throne speech said the Ford government would add 15,000 new long-term care beds over five years and invest $3.8 billion investment in mental health and addictions, including supportive housing.

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

The PCs will introduce legislation to bring a halt to the four-month-old York University strike by teaching assistants and graduate assistants. "And we are cancelling unnecessary renewable energy projects to help lower your electricity bills", he said.

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Andrea Horwath called on Ford to keep the 2015 iteration of the curriculum brought in by the previous Liberal government, saying the 1998 version it was being temporarily replaced with was woefully out of date.

As already announced, the speech says the Tories are scrapping the cap-and-trade program, and plan to fight any attempt by the federal government to implement a carbon pricing plan in Ontario. "To take us backwards, to take us into a race to the bottom and pull us into the last century, that's what this throne speech says to me".

Ontario's new Progressive Conservative government played up key campaign promises Thursday in its first throne speech, which also included more recent policy pledges but no new announcements.

Ontario's two largest teachers' unions said they oppose the decision, noting that parents and educators were consulted extensively before the curriculum was updated.

"These oppressive taxes make life unaffordable for families and put thousands of Ontario jobs at risk", the Ford government says.

"It was very specific on the small things and vague on the big things", he said.

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