For Immediate Release
March 7, 2013
(Toronto) – Green Party leader Mike Schreiner is challenging all MPPs to support the new bill to prevent the government from stopping work in the legislature for their own political ends. Since last year when the Liberal Party pulled the plug in the middle of the debate on gas plant cancellation, Schreiner has been calling for legislation to end the abuse of prorogation.
“The Liberals have abused prorogation for their own interests. This is a slap in the face of democracy,” says Schreiner. “It’s disappointing that Premier Wynne failed to prioritize fixing this abuse of democracy. This new bill gives MPPs a chance to right this wrong.”
Bill 24, introduced by MPP Catherine Fife, will prevent the Premier from proroguing parliament without the consent of the Legislature. It also requires a date for the start of the next session of the Legislature.
“Strengthening our democracy must be a priority,” says Schreiner. “Ending this abuse is a no brainer and one that all parties should agree on.”