Ontario Liberals won’t prorogue legislature, says Hamilton cabinet minister

News Mar 31, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton Liberal cabinet minister Ted McMeekin says his government has no plans to prorogue the Ontario Legislature.

“I can say without fear of contradiction, with complete knowledge of what is going on, there will be no prorogue of the house,” said McMeekin in an interview.

The Liberals and Premier Kathleen Wynne has been under criticism for a variety of issues, including the selling off of parts of Hydro One, the recent budget announcement that includes higher fuel prices, and poll numbers hovering around 20 per cent. According to Forum Research, if an election was held today, 40 per cent would vote Tory, 30 per cent Liberal and 24 per cent NDP.

The last time the Liberals prorogued the legislature occurred in October 2012 when under heavy pressure from opposition leaders, former Premier Dalton McGuinty resigned and prorogued the legislature.  It was done to establish a “cooling off period.”

But McMeekin says this time proroguing the legislature was “mischievously” brought up by opposition MPPs, including the Progressive Conservatives, such as former Tory leader Tim Hudak.

“As a member of cabinet I can tell you I would be one of the first to know (about proroguing the legislature),” he said. “The first time I heard about it, I spoke to the premier about it just to be sure. It’s not going to happen.”

McMeekin says he has a number of important bills that will be introduced into this legislative session, including his affordable housing reforms, municipal election changes, scheduled to be introduced next week, along with major Liberal bills such as the 2016 budget and the cap-and-trade legislation.

“I hope to introduce next week in the house changes to the Municipal Elections Act, and long-term housing strategy if we can get the consultation done in time,” said McMeekin.

The house is scheduled to sit until June 9 before taking a summer recess and then will return Sept. 12.

Ontario Liberals won’t prorogue legislature, says Hamilton cabinet minister

News Mar 31, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton Liberal cabinet minister Ted McMeekin says his government has no plans to prorogue the Ontario Legislature.

“I can say without fear of contradiction, with complete knowledge of what is going on, there will be no prorogue of the house,” said McMeekin in an interview.

The Liberals and Premier Kathleen Wynne has been under criticism for a variety of issues, including the selling off of parts of Hydro One, the recent budget announcement that includes higher fuel prices, and poll numbers hovering around 20 per cent. According to Forum Research, if an election was held today, 40 per cent would vote Tory, 30 per cent Liberal and 24 per cent NDP.

The last time the Liberals prorogued the legislature occurred in October 2012 when under heavy pressure from opposition leaders, former Premier Dalton McGuinty resigned and prorogued the legislature.  It was done to establish a “cooling off period.”

But McMeekin says this time proroguing the legislature was “mischievously” brought up by opposition MPPs, including the Progressive Conservatives, such as former Tory leader Tim Hudak.

“As a member of cabinet I can tell you I would be one of the first to know (about proroguing the legislature),” he said. “The first time I heard about it, I spoke to the premier about it just to be sure. It’s not going to happen.”

McMeekin says he has a number of important bills that will be introduced into this legislative session, including his affordable housing reforms, municipal election changes, scheduled to be introduced next week, along with major Liberal bills such as the 2016 budget and the cap-and-trade legislation.

“I hope to introduce next week in the house changes to the Municipal Elections Act, and long-term housing strategy if we can get the consultation done in time,” said McMeekin.

The house is scheduled to sit until June 9 before taking a summer recess and then will return Sept. 12.

Ontario Liberals won’t prorogue legislature, says Hamilton cabinet minister

News Mar 31, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton Liberal cabinet minister Ted McMeekin says his government has no plans to prorogue the Ontario Legislature.

“I can say without fear of contradiction, with complete knowledge of what is going on, there will be no prorogue of the house,” said McMeekin in an interview.

The Liberals and Premier Kathleen Wynne has been under criticism for a variety of issues, including the selling off of parts of Hydro One, the recent budget announcement that includes higher fuel prices, and poll numbers hovering around 20 per cent. According to Forum Research, if an election was held today, 40 per cent would vote Tory, 30 per cent Liberal and 24 per cent NDP.

The last time the Liberals prorogued the legislature occurred in October 2012 when under heavy pressure from opposition leaders, former Premier Dalton McGuinty resigned and prorogued the legislature.  It was done to establish a “cooling off period.”

But McMeekin says this time proroguing the legislature was “mischievously” brought up by opposition MPPs, including the Progressive Conservatives, such as former Tory leader Tim Hudak.

“As a member of cabinet I can tell you I would be one of the first to know (about proroguing the legislature),” he said. “The first time I heard about it, I spoke to the premier about it just to be sure. It’s not going to happen.”

McMeekin says he has a number of important bills that will be introduced into this legislative session, including his affordable housing reforms, municipal election changes, scheduled to be introduced next week, along with major Liberal bills such as the 2016 budget and the cap-and-trade legislation.

“I hope to introduce next week in the house changes to the Municipal Elections Act, and long-term housing strategy if we can get the consultation done in time,” said McMeekin.

The house is scheduled to sit until June 9 before taking a summer recess and then will return Sept. 12.