Prorogation Fight Continues At Queen's Park
Two of those in the Liberal Cabinet are defending the premier's decision to prorogue the legislature.
Finance Minister Dwight Duncan notes it's a tool used in minority governments and government house leader John Milloy chose to put he thoughts down in writing.
Milloy was responding to PC leader Tim Hudak, who has sent two letters to the premier to recall the legislature. Milloy pointed fingers to the opposition in writing, repeating they are the ones who initially stalled debate because of delay tactics, such as ringing the bells to call for votes in the legislature.
However, PC house leader Jim Wilson calls what Malloy has been saying since Dalton McGuinty announced hid decision to prorogue, "baloney". Wilson says the Liberals never had a serious discussion about getting along with the Tories.
This comes as the entire PC caucus sent a letter to the Premier, asking to get back to work. in it, they say an "out-of-control" government has been put on autopilot, claiming the public wants all MPPs back at work to reign in Liberal spending.
The finance minister underlines the province has only lost about 18 sitting days, pointing to the 12 extra days MPPs worked in the legislature this spring.
He reveals neither the prorogation or the Liberal leadership race will affect the budget process. Duncan says most of the framework will be done now but the major decision making process happens in February, after a new leader is chosen.
NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns points out this week would have been the first time a committee looking into the Mississauga and Oakville gas plant cancellations would have met. The finance committee would have also looked into a contempt allegation against Energy Minister Chris Bentley.
He repeats he believes it's the reason why the premier decided to prorogue the legislature.
Last week, Municipal Affairs Minister Kathleen Wynne underlined no one wanted to close down the legislature, noting it wasn't their first choice. She called the prorogation uncomfortable.