Moving Forward the Ontario Way

    Speech From The Throne Highlights Plan For Progress,
    Commitment To Stand Up for Ontario

    QUEEN'S PARK, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said his
government will move the province forward the Ontario way - by working,
building and dreaming together with hard-working Ontarians.
    "Ontarians have spoken, and their message is clear - they want us to
build on everything we've achieved over the last four years to move our
province forward, together," said Premier McGuinty. "We will deliver - by
building opportunity for all and by making progress in our schools, our
economy, our health care and our environment."
    The Honourable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, opened the
first session of the 39th parliament of Ontario today with a Speech from the

    The speech highlights how the McGuinty government will build on the
progress it has made with Ontarians to keep moving the province forward:

    A Better Educated, More Highly Skilled Ontario: An Early Learning Advisor
has been appointed to help implement full-day learning for four- and
five-year-old children. The government will also continue to improve the
funding formula for schools, investing an additional $3.1 billion annually in
education by 2011 and requiring that the formula be reviewed by 2010.

    Opportunity For All: A new cabinet committee will be created to focus on
reducing poverty in Ontario. The government will introduce legislation that
would provide children's dental benefits to low-income parents. It will also
boost the minimum wage to $10.25 by 2010, increase child care spaces and fully
implement the new Ontario Child Benefit to $1,100 per child.

    A More Prosperous Ontario: The government will partner with the private
sector to help create jobs by expanding the Next Generation Job Fund. It will
support innovation and the good, high-paying jobs of the future through the
new $165-million Ontario Venture Capital Fund.

    A Healthier Ontario: The government will continue reducing wait times by
shortening waits for emergency room visits, children's surgery and general
surgery. The government will hire 9,000 more nurses and work to ensure that
500,000 more Ontarians have access to a family doctor.

    A Greener Ontario: The government will double renewable energy production
and conservation to replace coal generation. It will also invest in more rapid
transit through MoveOntario 2020, a historic expansion of public transit.

    A Stronger Relationship with Ontario's First Nations: Through the new
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, the government will work with First Nations to
act on the Ipperwash Inquiry Report's recommendations. It will also continue
to work with the federal government to accelerate the settlement of land

    The Speech from the Throne also outlined the McGuinty government's
commitment to stand up for fairness for Ontario when it comes to Employment
Insurance, and support for manufacturers, forestry workers and farmers.
    "Our government is inspired by the people of Ontario and we are honoured
to be able to serve them over the next four years," said Premier McGuinty.
"We're going to keep moving Ontario forward by working and building and
dreaming together - because that's the Ontario way."

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