TORONTO – The Liberals could be facing another contempt motion in connection with the cancellation of the Oakville and Mississauga gas plants when it resumes sitting next month — and that could tie up all other business in the legislature.
Progressive Conservative house leader Jim Wilson plans to file a contempt motion alleging senior Liberals tried to pressure Speaker Dave Levac into changing his finding of contempt against the government related to the cancelled gas plants.
“We can’t have people attempting to strong arm members, whether it’s an individual member, a private member or the Speaker,” he said.
Debate on the contempt motion would bring all other business to a halt, but Wilson says there is no more important issue for the legislature to deal with.
He says the public has a right to know “if unelected Liberal operatives threatened the Speaker and attempted to hijack Ontario’s democracy.”
The NDP’s house leader Gilles Bisson wants Premier Kathleen Wynne to allow the gas plants committee to investigate the allegations.
“What we’re trying to do here is to find a way forward that allows us to get to the bottom of these issues so that we can create the deterrence so this kind of thing never happens again.”
“It would seem to me a lot simpler just to allow us to ask the questions and be done with it. The fact that they’re not allowing, makes me wonder what’s there.
Levac found there was a “prima facie” case of contempt against then-energy minister Chris Bentley after the government initially refused to release documents on two cancelled gas plants that had been requested by a committee.
The debate on the original contempt motion ground all legislative business to a halt last fall until Dalton McGuinty prorogued the house and resigned as premier.