Energy Minister Could Be Found in Contempt
Queen's Park Speaker Dave Levac has found there was a "prima facie'' case of breach of privilege in regards to the Energy Minister, meaning there are grounds to believe Chris Bentley can be found in contempt of the legislature.
This all stems from Bentley failing to produce documents at a provincial committee meeting this spring regarding the cancellation of the Mississauga and Oakville powerplants.
Levac has ordered party house leaders to resolve the issue by September 24th. Bentley will have to produce the documents by then.
Government House leader John Milloy says there are "commercial sensitivities" as to why the documents weren't released but welcomes the chance to discuss the issue.
Bentley says he respects the speaker's ruling and the Liberals will comply with it.
If the house leaders cannot come to a decision by the deadline, then the matter comes back to the house for MPPs to discuss.
Both NDP house leader Gilles Bisson and PC Jim Wilson wanted the discussion to go straight to MPPs.
A vote by MPPs could find Bentley in contempt of parliament.