Ford repealing sex-ed curriculum to please social conservatives: Horwath

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Progressive Conservative House Leader Todd Smith says the government will act quickly on all three items because of they are time-sensitive and can not wait until the fall, when the house normally returns.

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.

"Doug Ford cares more about the favours that he owes to social conservatives than he does about keeping our young people safe", said the NDP leader, arguing that Ford was aiming to please those who helped him win the party leadership earlier this year. The project received notice to proceed during the election period and work has been ongoing at the site. It also vowed to end "unfair, unaffordable green energy contracts" it said were imposed on rural communities. It said the move is discriminatory against LGBT people, "who are harmed by the stigmatization and degradation caused by the removal of education content" regarding LGBT issues.

"By going backward, we are doing students a disservice, leaving them without the tools and knowledge to manage their relationships and personal well-being". "We're prepared to act".

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.

"Absolutely not, I'm here today, I'm taking questions", he said.

Ontario's Catholic educators are not celebrating Doug Ford's repeal of the province's modernized Health and Physical Education curriculum. "I think it's deeply disappointing and I think it actually contradicts what Conservatives campaigned on", Schreiner told GuelphToday by phone after the speech.

Earlier this week, the Tory government said teachers will use the 1998 version of the sexual-education curriculum in classrooms this fall as consultations are carried out for a new curriculum. "That's consistent with an approach that's closed, that isn't open to the public, isn't open to the people".

The PCs will introduce legislation to bring a halt to the four-month-old York University strike by teaching assistants and graduate assistants.

In a news release on Thursday, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association said it would challenge the Tory government's promise.