Actions to Date:
Has introduced a bill to cut the number of city councillors from 47 to 25.
Cancelled the elections for Regional Chairs in Peel, York, Niagara and Muskoka (but not other regions).
- Note – both of these changes are being made without consulting voters and in the middle of the elections – 200 council candidates have already registered, spent thousands of dollars and their volunteers have spent thousands of dollars on elections that Ford has unilaterally cancelled.
- Replaced the 2015 sex ed curriculum with the 1998 version, which does not teach students many things they need to know to keep them safe - consent, the internet and sexting.
- Cancelled the collaboration to update Ontario’s curriculum to respect and acknowledge the history of Indigenous people on this land.
- Cut $100 million in funding for repairs to schools.
On Business and the Environment:
- A chill has been sent through the business community in Ontario by unilaterally cancelling the White Pines Wind Project – and passing legislation that retroactively prevents companies that have signed contracts with the Ontario Government from suing for damages when the government unilaterally cancels those contracts. In the National Post John Ivison writes: “Wind turbine decision says Doug Ford’s Ontario is closed for business” and “ governments can make bone-headed, ideological decisions that close businesses, kill jobs and drive away investment — which is exactly what Ford is doing.”
- Cancelled the GreenOn program that provided rebates for homeowners making energy efficient changes –leaving contractors across the province who had paid for staff training for the progam and made other investments in the lurch as contracts are being cancelled by homeowners.
- Cancelled the electric car rebate. For most buyers, this will take effect in September, but Tesla buyers were singled out for immediate cancellation, leaving many with contracts they’d signed with Tesla with a rebate promised by the government cancelled.
- Introduced a bill to cancel the Cap and Trade system through which Ontario, in partnership with California and Quebec encouraged businesses to invest in energy conservation and green energy initiatives.
- Quite tellingly, the term “climate change” has been removed from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
On Indigenous Affairs:
- Removed the term “reconciliation” from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and combined it with the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines.
- Cancelled the summer curriculum writing sessions "designed to fulfill Truth & Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action surrounding education on Residential Schools”, which were co-developed with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit partners.
- Paused the implementation of the Ontario Special Investigations Unit Act.
- He’s postponed implementation of the new anti-scalping law allowing scalpers to buy up tickets with and inflate prices. ,
- Fired Ontario’s Chief Scientist.
- Passed a bill that labels refugees as “illegal border crossers”