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Paola Loriggio

Ford orders public-sector hiring freeze

TORONTO—Ontario's incoming premier has put the public service under a hiring freeze as part of a series of measures meant to limit spending as he re-examines the province's books.

A spokesman for Doug Ford said the Progressive Conservative leader also has directed government ministries to cancel “subscription-based services” and to restrict out-of-province travel.

Tory transition to power underway

TORONTO—From choosing cabinet members and hiring political aides to picking office space and conducting background checks on legislators, Ontario's newly-elected Progressive Conservatives must tackle a lengthy to-do list as they prepare to take power for the first time in 15 years—and observers say their decisions could set the tone for the rest of their term.

Ontario PCs quietly release plan online

After vowing for weeks to deliver a fully-costed platform, Ontario's Progressive Conservatives yesterday quietly released a compilation of their campaign promises without saying how they would pay for them.

The updated “Plan for the People,” posted on the party's website, lays out how much each initiative is expected to cost but not where the money will come from.