A controversial anti-strike bill that cuts benefits and reins in wages for thousands of Ontario teachers will soon become law, once it receives Royal Assent.
The minority Liberals and Progressive Conservatives teamed up to pass the legislation, which has angered unions and a national civil liberties group.
They say it violates constitutional rights and have vowed to fight the bill all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The governing Liberals brought back the legislature early to get the bill passed before September first, saying the province can’t afford the rollover of old contracts.
The bill is retroactive to September 1 and forces new contracts on the majority of teachers and education workers in the province to help eliminate Ontario’s $15-billion deficit.