Time machine throne speech transports province to the '90s: Opposition

Doug Ford has decided his first order of business will be to get rid of the carbon tax

Time machine throne speech transports province to the '90s: Opposition

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

Ontario's recently cancelled Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program will see rebates handed out only to eligible vehicles ordered by July 11 and sold before September 10, the province's new government explained early July.

"Together we can create unprecedented jobs and prosperity and sent a message to the world that Ontario is open for business".

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. The throne speech warned that any carbon taxation by the federal government would be considered "oppressive taxes" and met with great resistance.

"In a time of economic uncertainty, a punishing carbon tax is the last thing Ontario families and businesses can afford", it said.

"I think it's pretty clear that this government is bent and determined to drag this province down", she said.

Liberal Leader John Fraser said the government failed to tell Ontarians the true cost of ending the cap-and-trade program, noting it has already meant $100 million less for school retrofits and repairs.

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"If you are going to change direction it needs to be done in a responsible way to mitigate financial risks for Ontarians", said Schreiner.

The speech promised the government will reduce taxes for parents, small businesses and the working poor, and pledged to bring down electricity bills. "It is very much top of mind for your new government", it said.

McMaster University political science professor Peter Graefe said unlike some previous Progressive Conservative throne speeches under the Mike Harris government, this speech had little in the way of detail on major items.

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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.

"I was happy to see them mentioned in the throne speech and that is one area I am hoping I can work across party lines to improve public services for Guelph and for Ontario", said Schreiner.

Multiple calls for an interview to the office of Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott over the last week have not been returned.

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