Throne speech sets optimistic tone for economic recovery from pandemic

Doug Ford government’s seven-page speech from the throne lays out no new ideas but promises the economic recovery will be “fueled by economic growth, not painful tax hikes or spending cuts.”

The speech, delivered by Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, is otherwise a recap of government initiatives during the pandemic.

Designed to be a reset for the government eight months ahead of the new provincial election, the speech lays out an optimistic look ahead for the next few months of the pandemic

“If additional public health measures are needed they will be localized and targeted,” the speech declared. “At the advice of the chief medical officer of health, they will seek to minimize disruptions to businesses and families.”

“The ultimate goal … is to prevent future lockdowns.”

The speech promises to continue to build up hospital capacity but lays out no new specifics.

“There’s no question over the past 18 months the people of Ontario have been tested like never before,” Dowdeswell said.

“Through it all, during what felt like our darkest days, we’ve also seen the best of what our province has to offer – strength, determination, compassion, generosity, grit … This is the Ontario spirit that will drive us as we work together to build a brighter, more prosperous future.”

The legislature had been set to return on Sept. 13, but early last month Ford prorogued it until after the federal election, which was held Sept. 20.

The prorogation is the government’s first since it came to power more than three years ago, and begins a new legislative session.

With files from The Canadian Press

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