TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne has no interest in calling a fall election, even if things get tied up in the Ontario legislature by another contempt motion.
The Tories are threatening to file a contempt motion Sept. 9 — the day the house resumes sitting. Debate would supersede all other government business but Wynne does not plan to call an election.
“I’m not in any way planning for a fall election. We have a lot of work to do and we’re going to get at it,” she said Thursday.
“The people of Ontario expect us as a government to work in their best interests and to get work done in the legislature, outside the legislature, within the ministries, policy work. I know that that’s the expectation.”
The Conservatives plan to file a contempt motion because they were not allowed at a justice committee hearing to ask about emails showing senior Liberals met with Speaker Dave Levac to talk about changing a preliminary finding of contempt against the government.
Wynne says she is hoping the house leaders of all three parties can work it out without disrupting the business of the legislature.
Only Wynne has the power to call an election this fall. The Opposition’s next chance to defeat the minority government is not likely to happen until the spring budget.