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  • February 19, 2013

Speech from the Throne Focuses on Common Ground of Strong Economy, Fair Society, Effective Legislature

The New Ontario Government Emphasizing New Jobs, Strong Communities and Healthy, Engaged Citizens

February 19, 2013 - Thunder Bay Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle says Ontario is working toward a stronger province that will create good jobs and build strong communities across the province.

“Working together, we’ll create jobs and grow the economy, while being fiscally responsible, efficient and fair.” said Gravelle “We will work with the opposition to make the minority parliament work to create a stronger, more prosperous Ontario for us all.”

The plan was unveiled today in a Speech from the Throne opening Ontario’s 40th Parliament. The speech highlighted the government’s way forward to find common ground with the opposition so that Ontario can build a fair society, a strong economy and establish a more accountable legislature.

Highlights include:

  • Eliminating the deficit by 2017-18.
  • Introducing an even-handed approach to balancing the budget, allowing all parties to work together to find savings.
  • Establishing better accountability in the legislature.
  • Focusing on employment opportunities for Ontario’s youth, in partnership with education, labour and private sector partners.
  • Ensuring municipalities and families have input on the location of energy infrastructure in their communities, so these important economic tools have willing hosts.
  • Ensuring a respectful partnership with labour leaders by building a sustainable process for wage negotiation through collective bargaining and interest arbitration.

· Continuing to build the best education and health care systems in the world.

“I am thrilled to be working closely with Premier Wynne in my new role as Minister of Northern Development and Mines and I am extremely motivated by her strong commitment to the North. Certainly I was pleased to hear the Throne Speech make specific reference to our Northern voices and the important acknowledgement that they will be heard. It is a pivotal and exciting time for Northern Ontario and with the support of Premier Wynne our government is ready to seize the tremendous opportunities that lay ahead.” Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay Superior North

“Our government is committed to cooperating with opposition parties to move Ontario forward. We will focus on balancing the budget and ensuring opportunities for every Ontarian without letting anyone slip through the cracks. When we work together, Ontario is a place of endless possibilities,” said Premier Kathleen Wynne.


  • David C. Onley is Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor. He represents Her Majesty the Queen of Canada.
  • This Speech from the Throne marks the beginning of the second session of the 40th Parliament of Ontario.
  • Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s first female premier.

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