Happy Prorogue-versary

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 11/13/2012 4:58:00 PM

It's been almost one month since Dalton McGuinty prorogued the legislature and I doubt the opposition will get him a cake to mark the occasion.

There have been almost daily calls to bring Queen's Park back and they have fallen on deaf ears.

But did we really expect otherwise?

McGuinty had a course already mapped when he announced his plan to prorogue minutes before he revealed he would be stepping down. And while many say it had to do with the gas plant controversy (which I don't doubt), it was also to make sure the province wasn't thrust into an election with the Liberals leader-less.

The premier left the decision up to the next guy or gal in charge as to when to come back and unless the opposition can find an urgent matter worthy of recalling the legislature, it will stay as-is until at least the end of January when the Liberals hold their leadership convention.

Until then, we'll see more calls to bring things back from the opposition and more defensive moves from the Liberal government.

Like I said: as-is.

Katie Franzios is Newstalk 1010's Queen's Park Bureau Chief. Find her on Twitter: @katiefranzios

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  1. Walter posted on 11/15/2012 12:47 PM
    McGuinty said he wanted to spend the time negotiating with the teachers. Now several candidates are promising to compormise with the teachers and scrap the wage freeze legislation. Now teachers have no reason to negotiate with the Ministry of Education and nothing will get done until a new leader is picked.

    I do feel sorry for the Lieutenant Governor since McGuinty made a fool of him. Federally, the GG realized what was happening and gave a short time limit on the proroguation. Provincially, this did not happen and Mr. Onley allowed an indefinate proroguation. Depending on who takes over as leader, this could continue for 6 months.

    How could a minority government be allowed to have such power? How can the Liberals care so much about themselves and so little about the Province and the economy?
  2. Bryan W posted on 11/28/2012 01:14 PM
    The liberals (fiberals) have never cared about the people or the province. They have been about money and power only.
    They finally came to a position they could no longer defend, so they cut and ran like the true cowards they are. I only wish we could find where all the money went with the 3 scandles. So much money wasted. We need to get legislature back to work. Kick the bums out, and start over with a real government than can repair this mess.
  3. Nick posted on 01/10/2013 07:05 PM
    If anyone wants to see how broken our political system is, and how unaccountable our politicians are, you have only to look at the powerplant decision and the prorogation of parliament. It is painfully obvious that the decision to move the plants was done at the 11th hour to save Liberal seats; this will cost us 100s of millions in a province that's already mired in debt. (I still keep hoping to wake up to hear that the OPP is investigating...fat chance.) THEN to prevent having to discuss this issue and the subsequent deception, parliament is prorogued giving Dalton a chance to slink away. It's disgraceful.
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