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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MPPs are back and so are the accusations

Yesterday, MPPs returned to Queen's Park early in order to debate and pass a law that would force the province's English-language public school teachers to accept a new agreement and prohibit any future strike action.  Question Period also included several points in regard to the sale of the ONTC.

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli (Conservative) called not only for Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci to resign, but for the entire Liberal party to step down over their decision to sell the ONTC.

Meanwhile, NDP house leader Gilles Bisson accused the McGuinty government of accelerating the process in order to prevent opponents of the plan from mounting an effective campaign to fight the sale.

In a related development, the unions representing ONTC workers have been able to secure a copy of the documents outlining how the sale of the Commission is to proceed.  It is, in their words, a "fire sale" to be completed as soon as possible with anything left unsold to be be liquidated.

The debate over the new law for teachers is likely to take up most of the time in the Ontario Legislature over the next week, but the sale of the ONTC is clearly still on the table.

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