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June 29, 2018: Doug Ford is sworn in as premier of Ontario during a ceremony at Queen's Park in Toronto.

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Last June, Doug Ford was officially sworn in as premier of Ontario after the Progressive Conservatives, riding a wave of populist anger at Kathleen Wynne’s government, wiped out the Liberals in the provincial election.

He promised radical changes to government spending, climate-change policy, hydro rates, education and more. Within a few short months, he did just that. But the rapid-fire changes have created friction between the province and cities, the federal government and courts who have debated whether some of Mr. Ford’s policies are constitutional. And it’s still unclear how Mr. Ford will pay for some of the things he’s set out to do.

Check back here for an up-to-date primer on the transformation in Ontario and what it means for you.

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Table of contents


Who’s who

Doug Ford had a few incarnations before becoming premier: Son of a Tory MPP, brother and right-hand man to controversial mayor Rob Ford, then a party leadership contender to replace Patrick Brown after he was ousted over sexual-assault allegations. Since the change in government, Ontarians have seen a lot of familiar faces in cabinet, including Tory veterans who ran against Mr. Ford for the party leadership, such as Christine Elliott, Caroline Mulroney and former interim leader Vic Fedeli.

But less than seven months after taking office, the Premier reshuffled that cabinet a wave of scandals at Queen’s Park. His economic development and trade minister, Jim Wilson, was accused of sexual assault and forced to resign, though the government initially said Mr. Wilson was stepping aside to seek addiction treatment. One of Mr. Ford’s aides, Andrew Kimber, also quit for allegedly sending sexually inappropriate text messages. Mr. Ford’s correction minister was also demoted after revelations that he and his law firm were embroiled in several lawsuits.

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The friends-of-Ford factor

When the Ford brothers were in municipal government, they surrounded themselves at City Hall with family friends and connections – men Rob Ford’s chief of staff, Mark Towhey, famously came to call the “night shift” – who advised them on matters big and small. The network of Ford hangers-on came under scrutiny again when one of Doug Ford’s close allies, Superintendent Ron Taverner, was initially chosen to be the new head of the Ontario Provincial Police, igniting controversy over how the job was advertised and how close a relationship Ontario’s top police chief can have with a premier.

Supt. Taverner, 72, is a mid-level Toronto police commander who oversaw the Fords’ home turf, Etobicoke, and they became political allies and personal friends in a common pursuit of tough-on-crime policies. Ordinarily a policeman at his level would not be able to apply for the OPP post, but the qualifications were changed two days after the job was posted, making him eligible. He also met Mr. Ford several times before the appointment and dined with the member of the hiring panel who would interview applicants at both rounds of the job competition. Amid controversy and a probe from the province’s Integrity Commissioner, Supt. Taverner eventually gave up his bid to be head of the OPP, and a new appointee, Thomas Carrique of York Regional Police, was announced on March 11.

The OPP’s interim commissioner, Brad Blair, took legal action in December to force the provincial ombudsman to look into the Taverner appointment. In February, after Mr. Ford suggested Mr. Blair was breaking the Police Service Act by voicing his concerns, Mr. Blair’s lawyers threatened to sue him for defamation. And on March 4, Mr. Blair was fired: The Community Safety Minister said it was because he shared internal OPP documents in public court filings, but he said it was a reprisal for his legal action and he would fight the dismissal in court.

Ministers to watch: Sylvia Jones (Community Safety and Correctional Services)

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Editorial: Ron Taverner did the right thing by stepping aside


Carbon pricing and environment

Under the Wynne government, Ontario – Canada’s second-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, after Alberta – joined with Quebec and California in a cap-and-trade market to bring emissions down. Mr. Ford scrapped cap and trade, replacing it in November with a plan called the Ontario Carbon Trust. That plan will pay $400-million over four years to big emitters to find ways to reduce their emissions, aiming to meet the targets of the 2015 Paris climate-change agreement by 2030.

Mr. Ford has called cap and trade a “government cash grab” and claims its elimination would save families money and lower gas prices. That’s not what the province’s Financial Accountability Officer predicts will happen: The watchdog estimates the end of cap and trade will cost the province $3-billion in lost revenue over four years. It has also put Mr. Ford on a collision course with the federal government, whose carbon framework requires each province to have either a tax or a cap-and-trade system that meets national standards, or else Ottawa will impose its own carbon price. Mr. Ford opposes Ottawa’s right to do that, backing a legal challenge by the Saskatchewan government of Premier Scott Moe, but the two have little support from their counterparts in other provinces. Mr. Ford’s government also said it will move forward with a constitutional challenge to federal plans to improve the carbon tax.

Mr. Ford is also scrapping the Green Energy Act, a 2009 law to support renewable power, and scuttling several incentive programs that were designed to help Ontarians reduce their carbon footprints. Here are some of the changes that could affect you:

  • Scrapping the 19-year-old Drive Clean program for testing vehicle emissions, replacing it with a a system focusing on heavy-duty vehicles only.
  • Cancelling hundreds of renewable energy projects, complicating plans by municipalities, farmers and First Nations to develop small-scale electricity generation. Taxpayers could be on the hook for millions of dollars as owners invoke compensation clauses to recover money they’ve already spent.
  • Cancelling the GreenON rebate program, which helped homeowners install energy-efficient heat pumps, insulation or other features.

Ministers to watch: Rod Phillips (Environment), John Yakabuski (Natural Resources and Forestry)

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Hydro

Ontario’s high electricity rates were a divisive issue in the 2018 election, with the PCs and NDP promising big changes at Hydro One, which the Wynne Liberals partly privatized. During the campaign, Mr. Ford threatened to fire Hydro One’s CEO, Mayo Schmidt, and the whole board, and once in office, he threatened to tear up employment contracts at the utility. Mr. Schmidt announced his immediate retirement on July 11, and the entire board resigned. By The Globe and Mail’s estimates, Mr. Schmidt’s exit gave him about $8-million in compensation for stock awards, plus $1-million in bonuses and pension payments and a $400,000 payment announced by Hydro One. The utility also had to pay the 14 previous board members $4.9-million for their stock holdings.

The PC government also rejected Hydro One’s proposal to set a $2.775-million-a-year salary for a new CEO, instead capping it at $1.5-million. Mr. Ford also says he will bring hydro rates down with accounting changes and the return of Hydro One dividends to taxpayers, each of which would cost about $400-million.

Ministers to watch: Greg Rickford (Energy, Northern Development and Mines)

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Health care

Putting an end to “hallway medicine” in overcrowded hospitals has been a common slogan for the new PC government and its health minister, Christine Elliott. On Feb. 26, the province confirmed previously leaked plans to merge 20 agencies – 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and six specialized agencies running everything from cancer care to organ donation – into one super-group called Ontario Health. The six specialized agencies to be phased out are:

  • Cancer Care Ontario
  • Health Quality Ontario
  • eHealth Ontario
  • Trillium Gift of Life Network
  • Health Shared Services Ontario
  • HealthForce Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency

The plan also creates “Ontario Health Teams” to integrate various types of care by family doctors, hospitals and community and mental-health services, but there was no clear timeline announced for when the health teams would rolled out.

Ministers to watch: Christine Elliott (Health)

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Autism and disability care

Mr. Ford’s frosty relationship with autistic Ontarians started years before he came to Queen’s Park: In 2014, he provoked angry responses for saying a group home for developmentally disabled youth had “ruined” a west-end Toronto neighbourhood. Now, his government makes crucial decisions about how disability services are funded across the province. In February, the government announced a new plan to give families of up to $140,000 for treatment of autistic children and teens between the ages of 2 and 18, with a goal of clearing a backlog of 23,000 children waiting for care. The changes mean more autistic children will end up in the regular school system on a full-time basis. While the province plans to give teachers more training to support those students, parents and educators worry it won’t be enough to help those with complex needs.

Building consensus around the new plan has been hard. It includes a funding cap that some advocacy groups say falls short of what’s needed. Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod was accused by one group, the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis, of telling them to expect “four long years” if they didn’t get on board with the new plan. Another PC MPP, Randy Hillier, was suspended for brushing off protesters’ concerns with a “yada yada yada” in Question Period, though he said that remark was directed at an NDP MPP. His expulsion from caucus was made permanent in March.

Ministers to watch: Lisa MacLeod (Children, Community and Social Services)

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The social safety net

Aiming to remake Ontario’s social-assistance system, the PCs reduced planned increases in rates for two of the largest programs in Ontario’s social safety net, Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Supprt Program, which have a combined budget of $8.7-billion. Ms. Wynne’s Liberals had approved annual increases of 3 per cent over the next three years. Nearly a million people use the two systems. The government also announced it would cancel Ontario’s basic income pilot project, which was meant to provide money to 4,000 low-income people in Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Lindsay for three years.

In the province’s first fiscal update on Nov. 14, the Ontario government promised a new tax cut for low-income workers making less than $30,000 a year, a variation of Mr. Ford’s promise to end income taxes to every worker making minimum wage. Called the Low-Income Individuals and Families Tax credit, or LIFT, the initiative would provide some 1.1 million workers up to $850 in personal income tax relief and $1,700 for couples, the government said, ensuring a single person who works full-time at minimum wage pays no personal income tax.

One line in the budget also said the government would eliminate rent control on new units to increase house supply across the province, but says rent control will remain in place for current tenants. This would be a reversal of sorts from an initiative the previous Liberal government put in place, which imposed rent control on all buildings constructed after 1991.

Ministers to watch: Lisa MacLeod (Children, Community and Social Services)

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Education

Mr. Ford ran for office promising to roll back Wynne-era overhauls of Ontario’s school curriculum. One was math: Wynne-era guidelines emphasized “discovery” methods of creative problem-solving, but Mr. Ford wants more basic methods to be taught. But the most contentious issue by far is sex education. The 2015 curriculum, which added topics like consent, digital safety and same-sex relationships, has divided educators who say it’s a necessary modernization from social conservatives who say it’s age-inappropriate.

Ontario’s Education Minister said in mid-July that the 1998 sex-ed curriculum would come back into effect by the fall, but later she appeared to backtrack, saying consent, cyber safety and gender identity would still be taught. What the province ended up with was an interim curriculum that left many teachers confused about what they can and can’t teach. Mr. Ford threatened consequences against teachers who continued to use the 2015 curriculum, and even publicized a hotline to report teachers who did so. The teachers’ unions challenged the new curriculum in court, and while judges rejected their case in February, they also left teachers room to use their own judgment on sex-ed matters.

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At the postsecondary level, Mr. Ford is undoing grants for low-income students that Ms. Wynne had billed as “free tuition” in 2016. The PCs are also reversing changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program and plan to make ancillary student fees – such as those collected by student unions, clubs or campus newspapers – optional. The changes, combined with Mr. Ford’s threat to cut funding to schools that don’t adopt “free speech” policies to protect the right of controversial speakers, have alarmed critics who fear it would hinder political advocacy on campus.

Ministers to watch: Lisa Thompson (Education), Merrilee Fullerton (Training, Colleges and Universities)

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French-language services

The Ford government faced a strong backlash from Franco-Ontarians in November, when it eliminated the French-language service commissioner’s job and cancelled plans for a new francophone university in Toronto. Advertised as cost-cutting, the measures drew criticism from Quebeckers, the Prime Minister and groups representing Ontario’s 600,000 francophone residents. The government backtracked by reviving the service commissioner’s job and moving it to the provincial ombudsman’s office, and restoring francophone affairs to a cabinet-level portfolio. Those changes didn’t mollify all the province’s critics, including the lone Progressive Conservative Franco-Ontarian at Queen’s Park, Amanda Simard, who quit the PC caucus in protest on Nov. 29.

Ministers to watch: Caroline Mulroney (responsible for francophone affairs)

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Konrad Yakabuski: Doug Ford owes Franco-Ontarians a better answer


Asylum seekers

For many asylum seekers crossing the U.S. border into Quebec and Manitoba, Toronto – which in 2017 affirmed its status as a sanctuary city – has become a crowded refuge. The rising number of mostly Nigerian asylum seekers has strained the resources of the city’s shelters, and Toronto’s Mayor John Tory asked for more funding from Ottawa and Queen’s Park. Instead, last July, Mr. Ford withdrew provincial support for asylum-seeker resettlement, saying the federal government had created a problem they must fix themselves. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau questioned whether Mr. Ford was well-informed about Canada’s refugee situation and its obligations to asylum seekers under international law, and later told Mr. Tory that the federal government will support Toronto’s efforts to provide for refugees. “Canadians, we’re there for each other,” Mr. Trudeau said. Two weeks later, Mr. Trudeau created a new cabinet post to address migrant and asylum-seeker crossings, and chose Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief, as Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction.

Here is a fact check on asylum seekers in Canada.

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Ministers to watch: Lisa MacLeod (Children, Community and Social Services)

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Crime and gun violence

Toronto is among the safest large cities in North America, though a rising number of deadly shootings last summer have shaken public confidence in that. Toronto’s mayor and police chief blame gang activity for the rise in violence, and the city is pressing the province to tighten bail conditions for people convicted of previous gun crimes. During the campaign, Mr. Ford also suggested bringing back the controversial Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS), a now-disbanded police task force that deployed rapid-response teams to neighbourhoods that had seen violent crimes, but also disproportionately targeted black and Indigenous men for street checks – better known as carding – and was accused of racial profiling.

After a deadly mass shooting on the Danforth strip, Toronto City Council pressed Ottawa to ban the sale of handguns in the city, and asked Ontario to ban the sale of ammunition. But Mr. Ford opposes a handgun ban. Instead, he pledged $25-million in funding over four years for police and the court system, and ruled out new funding for community programs aimed at reducing violence.

Ministers to watch: Sylvia Jones (Community Safety and Corectional Services)

More reading on guns and crime

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As gun violence spikes, Toronto faces a reckoning on the root causes of tragedy


Spending and the bottom line

Mr. Ford ran for office vowing $6-billion in spending efficiencies, but also said he wouldn’t cut public-service jobs. He never explained in detail how he would pay for that, and it’s unclear what effect his promised cost-cutting measures so far (freezing salaries for senior public-sector executives, a freeze on most government hiring except police and correctional workers, a halt to discretionary spending on everything from travel to newspaper subscriptions) have had on the province’s bottom line.

In the province’s first fiscal update on Nov. 14, Ontario’s Finance Minister Vic Fedeli revealed the deficit now stands at $14.5-billion, a reduction of $500-million since the Progressive Conservatives took office. Mr. Fedeli said the province saved an additional $3.2-billion in program expenses (reducing spending, including cancelling planned tax increases and the previous Liberal government’s cap-and-trade program). But rather than making Ontario “open for business” as the Ford government promises, the cuts may discourage investment: Last December, Moody’s Investor Service downgraded its rating for the province to its lowest level in 16 years, warning that the cuts would worsen Ontario’s deficit and debt problems.

Ministers to watch: Vic Fedeli (Finance), Peter Bethlenfalvy (Treasury Board)



More reading: Ontario’s economy

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Ontario divided: Anger, economics and the fault lines of 2018’s election


Trade, Trump and Trudeau

Mr. Ford took office amid a bitter trade war between the United States, its NAFTA partners, Europe and China. Mr. Ford (who, like his predecessor, holds his cabinet’s Intergovernmental Affairs portfolio), has said he would present a united front with the Trudeau government during the complex negotiations for a new North American free-trade agreement, which made a breakthrough last September with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The new deal would effectively shield Canada from future auto-industry tariffs, to the relief of Ontario manufacturers, but the Canadians also failed to get Washington to lift punitive tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum that it imposed in June. USMCA also gives U.S. producers access to a percentage of Canada’s protected dairy market, a potential threat to Ontario dairy farmers.

Mr. Ford responded to USMCA with cautious optimism, and said his government would be speaking with steel, aluminum, manufacturing and agriculture leaders to see how it will affect them. “We will make sure that we protect our economy, our jobs, and the people of Ontario,” the Premier’s office said in a statement.

Ministers to watch: Todd Smith (Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade)

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More reading: Trade and tariffs

NAFTA vs. USMCA: What we know so far about the new North American trade deal

NAFTA deal a heavy price for Canada’s dairy farmers


Municipal elections

Just months before the 2018 municipal elections, Mr. Ford’s government passed legislation to cut the number of Toronto city council positions from 47 to 25 – ward races for which candidates had already spent months fundraising and door-knocking. The Better Local Government Act also cancelled the elections of regional board chairs in Peel, York, Niagara and Muskoka. Mr. Ford, who served as a Toronto city councillor from 2010 until 2014, said the changes were meant to “dramatically improve the decision-making process” for local governments. While some suburban councillors – many of them former allies of Mr. Ford’s – supported the Premier’s plan, many others accused him of using his new role to settle old grudges.

Several council candidates joined forces for a lawsuit against the changes to the ward system. On Sept. 10, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba struck down the legislation, but Mr. Ford defied him, saying he would use the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to slash the city council anyway. An appeal court overturned Justice Belobaba’s ruling, but the law’s fate won’t be completely settled until the full appeal is heard. In the end, Torontonians voted or a 25-member council, and returned John Tory to the mayoralty. Here’s a full list of who won.

MORE READING: MUNICIPAL POLITICS

Explainer: What is the notwithstanding clause and how could Ford use it?

Marcus Gee: Doug Ford is challenging the rule of law itself


Transit and infrastructure

Mr. Ford – whose years in municipal government were spent extolling the virtues of subways, subways, subways – wants Queen’s Park to take a more active role in how public transit is run in Toronto. His government is moving ahead with a campaign promise to take over Toronto’s subway system. During the campaign, he also mused about an expensive plan to bring subways to Pickering, a community far to the east of the city that is already serviced by GO Transit.

Ministers to watch: Jeff Yurek (Transportation), Monte McNaughton (Infrastructure)

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Doug Ford raises eyebrows with expensive subway plan that would link Toronto to nearby regions


Alcohol and cannabis

Mr. Ford’s rise to power coincided with Canada’s historic legalization of recreational cannabis – but while other provinces had at least a few bricks-and-mortar weed stores operational by last October, Mr. Ford’s change of tack on cannabis policy means Ontario won’t have any until April. Soon after taking office, the PC government turned to private retailers to sell marijuana, an abrupt shift from the Wynne government’s plan for LCBO-run stores. The province will be in charge of wholesaling cannabis to retailers, and is the only legal online store, but private businesses won’t be able to open outlets until the new retail framework is set up by April 1. The Ford government also gave municipalities a “one-time window” to opt out of allowing local cannabis stores, raising questions about uneven access across the province. And even in cities that will allow stores – such as Toronto, which gave the go-ahead in December – it won’t be the retail bonanza the PCs originally promised: Instead of an unlimited number of stores, the province will have only 25 to start, with most of the lottery-awarded licenses going to individuals instead of large cannabis corporations.

As for more traditional intoxicants, Mr. Ford lowered the minimum price that people are allowed to sell beer to $1 plus deposit. Don’t expect many retailers to regularly sell it that cheap: Prices at The Beer Store are set by the breweries who own it, not the province, and the brewers most likely to afford the low price are multinational corporations. Many Ontario craft brewers refused Mr. Ford’s “Buck-a-Beer Challenge,” saying they would not sacrifice quality just to reach the lower price point.

Mr. Ford also said he’d allow beer and wine sales in any grocery or convenience store, not just the handful of grocery stores now authorized to sell alcohol.

Ministers to watch: Christine Elliott (Health), Vic Fedeli (Finance, which oversees the LCBO)

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The opposition

At Queen’s Park, the main voice of opposition against Mr. Ford’s government is Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats, whose surge in the June 7 election brought them to Official Opposition status. The Liberals, meanwhile, have gotten used to a greatly diminished role at Queen’s Park: With too few MPs for official party status, they have fewer privileges and opportunities to speak in the legislature. Since Ms. Wynne resigned her leadership of the party, Liberals have also been preparing to choose a new leader at a to-be-determined date.

More reading: The NDP and Liberals

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