Ford made good on a key campaign promise Wednesday, announcing the immediate retirement of the CEO of Hydro One and the resignation of the utility's entire board of directors.
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, today delivered the Speech from the Throne at Queen's Park in Toronto.
Ontario's Government for the People is opening Parliament to take action to protect students and lower electricity bills.
The Tories repeated their promise to order a line-by-line audit of all government spending as part of their efforts to find billions in efficiencies.
The speech says the government will also respect parents, teachers and students by dumping "failed ideological experiments in the classroom with tried and true methods that work".
The PCs will introduce legislation to bring a halt to the four-month-old York University strike by teaching assistants and graduate assistants. The throne speech warned that any carbon taxation by the federal government would be considered "oppressive taxes" and met with great resistance.
Long-touted measures that were promised to be at the top of the agenda, including the firing of Hydro One's chief executive and the scrapping of the sex-education curriculum, were missing from the list of legislative priorities. He said the move would bring down electricity rates but struggled to explain how when asked repeatedly by reporters.
The announcement quickly follows word that $100 million earmarked for school repairs and upgrades is being cut. "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".
The money was to be paid out from revenues of the cap-and-trade system, which Ford began dismantling nearly immediately after taking office, as he had promised to do.
"It's distressing not to hear a plan for the environment and climate change", he said.
"It's one thing to scrap or repeal something but you need to replace it", Fraser said.
Thompson says she'll announce soon a schedule of parent consultations across the province, on how to implement the revised curriculum. "On the big question of how they were going to pay for everything without cutting jobs or services and balancing the budget, there's nothing".