Contempt: McGuinty Dodges Questions on Whether He'll Testify
On Tuesday, MPPs voted to send the contempt issue surrounding the Energy Minister and the Mississauga and Oakville gas plant cancellations to committee.
On Wednesday, questions are arising if the premier will testify at that committee if called to do so. Opposition parties are underlining Dalton McGuinty didn't show up when asked to take questions at the committee looking into the Ornge air ambulance scandal.
McGuinty avoided questions from opposition members through most of Question Period. When he did rise, he underlined he thinks the committee should be left to do its work. He added he hopes the it will look into how much the opposition thought the relocation of these plants would cost.
The premier is one of the few who can't be forced to testify by a speakers warrant under provincial rules.
However, PC MPP Rob Leone says he thinks the public wants to hear from McGuinty. NDP leader Andrea Horwath pressured the premier during Question Period to not only testify at committee but to also take responsibility for what happened with the plants.
The finance committee will be meeting to discuss the matter over the next month, with recommendations due out by November 19th. Their report will then be discussed by MPPs.