Doug Ford and his cupboard are taking their oaths of workplace at Queen’s Park Friday morning, ushering in the province’s first Progressive Conservative government in practically 15 years.
A bagpiper led Ford and the 21 member-strong cupboard into the Ontario legislature shortly earlier than 11 a.m. Ford is now Ontario’s 26th premier, following his occasion’s majority win in June.
The formal ceremony was presided over by Lt.-Gov Elizabeth Dowdeswell.
Dowdeswell referred to as the day “an necessary event in the life and historical past of this province.”
“Serving the general public is a noble endeavour,” she mentioned. “There’ll undoubtedly be moments of pleasure and satisfaction, but additionally instances of problem.”
She urged the incoming government to “be sustained by the optimism that’s inherent in your oaths and in the traditions of our parliamentary democracy, as effectively as by the assist and encouragement of household and pals, who proudly be part of you right here as we speak.”
Greater than 1,000 friends had been invited to the outside portion of the occasion, which started simply after 12 p.m. and was additionally open to the general public.
Underneath sunny skies, Ford reaffirmed his oath of workplace and mentioned he’s “really humbled by the belief” Ontarians have put in him.
“You believed as a province we will do higher,” he mentioned. “You gave us a transparent mandate and also you gave us the instruments to ship on a plan. A plan that places you first.”
It’s the first transition of energy between events in Ontario in practically 15 years, for the reason that PC government of Ernie Eves made manner for the Liberal government of Dalton McGuinty on Oct. 23, 2003. Kathleen Wynne formally resigned on Friday morning.
In her remarks, Dowdeswell thanked Wynne for her 5 years of service as Ontario’s premier, a tribute that was met with heat applause.
Sturdy PC majority
Ford takes workplace with a robust majority, having gained 76 seats in the June 7 election. He has already introduced that the primary act of his government after the swearing-in might be to cancel Ontario’s cap and commerce program to scale back carbon emissions.
That announcement triggered the top of a program to supply Ontario householders with rebates on merchandise to enhance vitality effectivity, such as sensible thermostats and new home windows.
Different marketing campaign guarantees Ford and his cupboard may transfer on shortly embrace launching an unbiased audit of provincial funds left behind by the outgoing Liberal government, reviewing Ontario’s intercourse training curriculum and ousting the board of administrators of Hydro One.
The Ford transition workforce has already ordered an indefinite hiring freeze amongst provincial government ministries.
Ford has not introduced a date for the resumption of the Legislature.
When it does sit, the NDP will kind the official opposition below Chief Andrea Horwath, with 40 seats. The Liberals maintain simply seven seats, too few for official occasion standing in the Legislature. Inexperienced Occasion Chief Mike Schreiner gained his occasion’s first ever seat in Ontario, in Guelph.