TORIES RETURN TO HOUSE OVERNIGHT TO DEBATE BILL 31

Sep 15, 2018

By Christine Ross

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It was over in 46 minutes. A rare sitting at Queens Park Saturday, ended in less than an hour as the opposition used stalling tactics to keep the government from debating bill 33. That meant a quick adjournment and the PC’s   are now planning another rare sitting of the legislature when most are sleeping beginning at 12:01 Monday morning.  Government house leader Todd Smith says they’ll make the request to the Lieutenant Governor. NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson asked the speaker to rule that Bill 31 is out of order because  it’s too similar to Bill 5, the original bill, and that’s not allowed within legislative rules. Bisson’s boss Andrea Horwath agrees. Speaker  Ted Arnott says he’ll rule on the matter in “due course” but regardless of the ruling ,he’ll be at Queens Park at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning. Twenty  Tory MPP’s were absent for today’s sitting as were sixteen NDP members. Protestors  gathered on the lawn of Queens Park to protest the government’s decision to invoke the not with standing clause  after the court ruled the PC bill unconstitutional. So how will all this impact the Oct 22nd election?
Stay tuned..

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