NDP Wants New Rules for Prorogation
The NDP wants to take the politics out of prorogation.
Which is why MPP Catherine Fife says she's putting forward a private member's bill that she claims will stop governments from using the session-ending tactic for political purposes. She accuses former Premier Dalton McGuinty of abusing his power when grinding the legislature to the halt on October 15th.
Queen's Park proceedings were put on hold for four months as McGuinty stepped down and the Liberal party went through the motions to elect current Premier Kathleen Wynne. This also happened amid hearings to look into the gas plant cancellation scandal and Ornge air ambulance spending scandal.
Fife adds it's key for a premier who wants to prorogue to reveal a possible end date, so MPPs aren't left waiting and wondering. Fife points to when McGuinty prorogued the house, he just said it would be up to the new premier/Liberal leader as to when things would start up again.
Wynne brought the legislature back on February 19th.
Fife hopes she will get Progressive Conservative support on her private member's bill.