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Ottawa, Aug 17 (Canadian-Media): According to the news release issued yesterday, Ontario's Government for the People kept its promise to Ontarians in taking decisive action on urgent issues during its summer session, media reports said.
"In the last election we ran on our Plan for the People. And since being sworn into office on June 29 we have hit the ground running as a government for the people," said Todd Smith, Government House Leader and Minister of Government and Consumer Services. "Since July, we have delivered key initiatives that will help lower gas prices and reduce your hydro bills, restore accountability and trust in government, and send a message to the world that Ontario is open for business."
Since the swearing-in of Premier Doug Ford and his Cabinet, Ontario's Government for the People has announced a number of actions and policies in key priority areas, including:
Passing the Urgent Priorities Act, including ending the York University Strike, bring transparency and accountability to Hydro One, and cancel an industrial wind turbine project in Prince Edward County that had been improperly approved during the general election.
Passing the Better Local Government Act to reduce the size and cost of Toronto's city council, saving local taxpayers $25 million dollars that can be invested in other priorities; and prevent gridlock in Peel, York, Muskoka and Niagara by removing yet another layer of elected politicians.
Introducing the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act that, if passed, will save the average Ontario family $260 and bring gas prices down by 4.3 cents per litre.
Overseeing the renewal of Hydro One including the departure of the previous CEO and Board of Directors and creation of a new Board, backed up by accountability and transparency measures.
Introducing a plan for Ontario following the legalization of cannabis that will focus on protecting youth, eliminating the illegal market, and embracing a well-regulated private market.
Challenging federal government's plan to impose a carbon tax on Ontario families, workers and businesses and joining Saskatchewan's similar challenge of the federal government's job-killing carbon tax.
Forging a pan-Canadian consensus on the issue of costs associated with illegal border crossings
Creating an Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry under the leadership of former British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell and to get Ontario's finances back on track.
Advocating for Ontario jobs, Ontario workers and Ontario businesses threatened by the current trade dispute with the U.S.
Taking action to reform Ontario's Social Assistance system to help people get back to work and get their lives back on track.
Cancelling all pre-construction Green Energy Projects to bring hydro bills down by 12 per cent; Announcing the reform of OHIP+ ; $25 million investment to fight against gang and gun violence ; Announcing the return of buck-a-beer to Ontario.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)