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The Mike Harris government's overarching message in its speech from the Throne this week: control spending. As it opens a new legislative session, the government is trying simultaneously to balance the budget, bring down the debt and deliver on its promises of a 10% income tax cut - all in an economic downturn. Within those constraints its priorities are health care, the environment, infrastructure, and the issue that's bedevilled Mike Harris more than any other -- education. For parents: more choice in schools and the promise the government will restore extra-curricular activities. For teachers and principals: the option to use phonics to teach reading, and financial rewards for those who perform well.
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Apr 22, 2001