Speech From The Throne - Moving Forward The Ontario Way - November 29, 2007
Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislative Assembly, people of Ontario. Today, it is my
privilege to deliver this government's third Speech from the Throne.
This is a first for me -- as Ontario's new Lieutenant Governor -- and I want to take this
opportunity to wish all members of this Assembly well in your work.
And I want to extend a special welcome to those of you who are, like me, new to the
Whatever its flaws, parliamentary democracy represents many of humankind's highest
The notion that no person is deemed to be better than his or her neighbour, the rule of law
is clearly superior to the whim of dictators, debate is preferable to distemper, and
collective wisdom has far more value than individual impulse.
May you be inspired by these ideals -- and by the work done by those who came before
Since the last Speech from the Throne, nine former MPPs have passed away.
I ask you to remember Fred Burr, Doug Ford, Anthony Grande, George A. Kerr, Bert
Lawrence, Robert MacQuarrie, Robert Mitchell, Ian Scott and Mel Swart.
The people of Ontario are grateful to them for dedicating a portion of their lives to our
And we are inspired by those who risk their lives in defence of the principles that sustain
I speak of the brave Canadians who are standing up for freedom today in Afghanistan,
and those who have fallen in its defence in conflicts throughout our history.
Together, we pledge that their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of all of our veterans --
commemorated recently at Remembrance Day and by Ontario's Tribute to the Fallen, and
enshrined permanently along Ontario's Highway of Heroes -- will not be forgotten.
As well, we recall the sacrifice and service of our police, firefighters and emergency
workers, who put their lives on the line each day to protect Ontario families.
Finally, we recognize the efforts of the people you have pledged to serve -- the people of
Children, whose wonder knows no bounds.
Parents, whose love knows no limits.
Seniors, whose work built this province.
The volunteers who take on the thankless tasks, the health care workers who comfort the
sick, the educators who share their knowledge, the entrepreneurs who take the risks, the
employers who provide the jobs, and the workers who lift us all up.
The hard-working men and women of Ontario who, together, make this the finest
province in the best country in the world.
While it is as beautiful as any of its sisters to the east or west, Ontario knows its true
grandeur lies not in its landscapes or lakes, but in the diversity of its people.
Our people speak every language, embrace every culture, and have ties to every corner of
the globe, but they share a common goal --. to build a better life for themselves and their
families, predicated on a belief in opportunity for all.