Nov 16, 2017
By Michael Kramer
Ontario’s New Democrats have blocked an attempt by the Liberal government to table back-to-work legislation today – to end a lengthy strike by college faculty.
Premier Kathleen Wynne said unanimous support of the legislation would’ve meant students could be back in class on Monday morning – but the NDP blocked the government attempt to table the bill – after the normally scheduled time period for introducing legislation.
Now, the Liberals will now ask the Speaker to reconvene the legislature Friday, when it normally does not sit, so the legislation can be introduced – and they say the House could sit through the weekend – until the legislation is passed.
Wynne had asked the colleges and the union representing striking faculty to return to the bargaining table today – after workers voted to reject a contract offer – but within several hours the two sides reached an impasse.