Ontario legislature resumes after longest break in nearly 25 years

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TORONTO — Ontario’s legislature resumes session today, after the longest recess in nearly a quarter century.

Politicians normally return for the fall session in early September, but the five-month break meant the house didn’t sit during the federal election campaign.

Premier Doug Ford’s Conservative government returns not only to the new session, but to a different political landscape than when Queen’s Park was shuttered in June.

Ford shuffled his cabinet last spring in what was a major reset for his government, which had been plagued by months of public backlash and negative headlines.

The criticism was mostly due to funding cuts and a $30-million court battle against the federally mandated carbon tax — a fight the province says it intends to continue.

The Tories are promising to strike a new tone this session, with House Leader Paul Calandra saying the government wants to move away from the partisan squabbles and regular standing ovations that were a fixture in the legislature during its first year in power.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2019.

The Canadian Press


6 COMMENTS

  1. Nice voting Ontario…30 million to fight a carbon tax when they had the opportunity to bring forward a plan of their own but didn’t (too much like work).

    Give themselves a raise 14 times larger then they think everyone else deserves?!?

    And take 5 months off…PAID!

    They won’t be working 7 months of the year, they will be on Christmas break before you know it.

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