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Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

"The fact is that Ontario is at a critical juncture. To overcome these challenges, we must challenge the status quo, reject the old compromises and embrace change", the throne speech said. "These challenges, if left unchecked, threaten livelihoods and imperil public services", it said.

"We can not afford to dither or delay".

The speech also promises to restore faith in public institutions and highlights a Tory pledge to complete a line-by-line audit of all government spending to identify waste.

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. Mr. Ford's cabinet was sworn in less than two weeks ago, but the Premier has convened a rare summer sitting of the legislature to deal with time-sensitive issues, including passing a law to end the strike at York University.

Ford nonetheless stressed those priorities in a statement Thursday, saying his government had received a "clear mandate" from voters.

While pledging to work with Ottawa during the renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement, the new government said that any carbon taxation required by the federal government would be considered a form of "oppressive taxes".

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"All we've heard so far is a lot of costs that the government is going to incur when it comes to cancelling projects based on whoever it is that happens to have their ear", she said.

Both the sex-ed and math curriculums now in Ontario schools were described as "failed ideological experiments in the classroom" by former Premier Kathleen Wynne's government.

The prospect of beer in corner stores was made by Ford as one of his campaign promises. He said the move would bring down electricity rates but struggled to explain how when asked repeatedly by reporters.

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 announcement quickly follows word that $100 million earmarked for school repairs and upgrades is being cut.

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