Wednesday July 23, 2014

Conservatives accuse McGuinty of deceiving public on reasons for prorogation

TORONTO - The opposition says Premier Dalton McGuinty misled people when he said he prorogued the Ontario legislature to allow time to negotiate with unions and the Progressive Conservatives on a public sector wage freeze.

It's now been a month since McGuinty's surprise resignation and prorogation of the legislature, and Tory finance critic Peter Shurman says there have been no talks at all with the Liberal government on a wage freeze.

Shurman says the real reason McGuinty prorogued the legislature to avoid hearings into the cancelled gas plants in Mississauga and Oakville that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan says the Liberals haven't negotiated with the Tories since prorogation because they haven't had to, and because they don't like the opposition's approach to things.

The Conservatives want the government to legislate a wage freeze for nearly 1.3 million public sector workers, but the Liberals fear that would be over-turned by the courts.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says people across the province are angry that the legislature has been shut down until sometime next year and know that's where the government can be held to account.


NOTE: To post a comment in the new commenting system you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID. You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Pipeline News North welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

blog comments powered by Disqus

About Us | Advertise | Contact Us | Sitemap / RSS   Glacier Community Media:    © Copyright 2014 Glacier Community Media | User Agreement & Privacy Policy


Lost your password?