Aug 27, 2012

By Scott Walker

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The halls of Queen’s Park are normally quiet this time of year as most MPPs enjoy their summer break.

But this year is different. The Leglislature resumes sitting today, called in early by the Liberal government to debate teachers legislation.

The bill would freeze wages, cut sick days, and prevent walkouts.

The N-D-P argues there’s no need for the legislation and the Liberals should keep negotiating with teachers. New Democrat Gilles Bisson say the Liberals are trying to distract voters to win two byelections set for September 6th. The opposition points to the number of news conferences on the teacher’s legislation that government ministers have held in Kitchener-Waterloo.

The votes on September 6th in Vaughan and Kitchener-Waterloo will give the Liberals a shot at a majority government, which would end any political wrangling over the bill.

The Conservatives have already said they will allow the bill to pass.

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