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Canada Doug Ford will recall Legislature to end York strike, cut gas prices

20:06  13 june  2018
20:06  13 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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Premier-designate Doug Ford will recall the Ontario Legislature next month for a brief summer session to end the York University strike and begin fulfilling campaign promises like lowering gasoline prices, sources told the Star.

“We’re going to move forward relatively quickly. I’ll be back to you on that in the next few days,” Ford told reporters Wednesday at Queen’s Park.

The Progressive Conservative leader, whose party dethroned Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals last Thursday, will officially take over on June 29.

That’s when the new premier and his cabinet will be sworn in.

“We want to make sure we get this transition done and talk to the rest of our team, talk to our caucus members, but we want to move relatively quickly on a lot of items that are urgent,” said Ford.

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Doug Ford is pumping up his promise to cut gasoline taxes by giving motorists a break of 10 cents a litre if elected premier June 7. She predicted gas companies would raise prices to make up for Ford ’s axed tax.

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Sources said a top priority is ending the four-month strike by 3,000 York University contract faculty and teaching assistants who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Prior the election, Wynne’s Liberals — with backing from the Tories — tried to get unanimous consent in the House to introduce back-to-work legislation, but Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats refused.

Premier-designate Doug Ford met with industry representatives in Toronto on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing NAFTA negotiations and Ontario's business competitiveness.© Tijana Martin Premier-designate Doug Ford met with industry representatives in Toronto on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing NAFTA negotiations and Ontario's business competitiveness.

Along with ending that strike, which could take several days of debate, Ford wants to begin implementing his planned 10 cents per litre reduction in gas prices by cutting the provincial excise tax and scrapping Ontario’s cap-and-trade program with Quebec and California.

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Newly elected Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford said the toughest challenge he is expected to program, or if he will introduce back-to-work legislation to end a months-long strike at York University in Meanwhile, Ford would not say if he will lower the legislature ’s threshold for official party status

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While withdrawing from the climate change pact could take 18 months, Tories believe the taxes can be cut before Ontario exits the greenhouse gas reduction program.

The premier-designate also wants to move forward with changes at Hydro One, including parting ways with the transmission utility’s highly paid CEO Mayo Schmidt, who he derided during the campaign as “the $6-million man.”

Even an expedited legislative session will require a speech from the throne outlining the new government’s agenda.

As well, it will require the election of a Speaker to referee the proceedings in the Legislature.

Tory MPPs Ted Arnott and Rick Nicholls are frontrunners to be the new speaker, who is elected by MPPs using a secret ballot.

Ford, who made his comments after meeting with auto and steel industry officials to discuss NAFTA negotiations, has indicated he wants to hit the ground running.

Insiders say his new cabinet will be smaller than that of Wynne, who had 28 members overseeing 30 departments.

The Conservatives, who have promised to find spending “efficiencies” of four per cent, are expected to streamline the various provincial ministries.

But Ford has repeatedly emphasized that “not one job” will be cut as he curbs expenditures.

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Source: http://ca.pressfrom.com/news/canada/-78960-doug-ford-will-recall-legislature-to-end-york-strike-cut-gas-prices/

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