Not the reason, not the duration, not the fate of the various scandals, the fate of over 100 bills on the order paper, nothing. Of course Onley would not have known that Dalt was going to pull a swifty and quit. So the Prorogation was obtained by fraudulent means. Onley who now comes across as the village idiot blundered badly and pulled a Mortimer Snerd, yup, yup Mr. McGuinty. Subsection #7 says as related to Meetings of House, ” Before a Session is Prorogued, the Government House Leader [ John Milloy ] SHALL announce the approximate date upon which the Assembly will be reconvened “.
But as bad as this is the Assembly can only be Prorogued in the manner as outlined in the Standing Orders for the Ontario Legislative [ check on the net ]
What do you think that means? I take it that before Prorogation could take place Milloy, Liberal House Leader would have to rise in his seat and say when the House would be coming back. But a Premier is just another MPP who has been chosen by the Liberal to lead. He has to abide by the rules of the House. This doesn’t mean setting himself up to run the Province with his 5 man Junta without the bother of the duly elected MPPs to scrutinize his actions. McGuinty decided on his own to close the House down and hand the job of calling the MPPs back to some future [ my guess is a year or maybe never ] Liberal Leader who is unknown at this point in time.
I am surprised that the Liberal MPPs are not screaming to the rooftops over this travesty and this Constitutional Crisis. They have been completely cowed by the Liberal Party machine. Liberal MPPs who were supported by the majority of people in a number of ridings have turned into sheep. The Prorogation was illegal because it did not follow the rules. And to add to the upset Prorogation was done by McGuinty who resigned from the Premiership and thus he has no standing to do anything [ entary tradition. Which excludes strong minded despots during normal times. The Queen has to be brought into this. I am sure she will concerned about the plight of 14 million Ontarians who have had their democratic institution at Queen’s Park stolen from their grasp.
This doesn’t limit nor remove the right of the Premier WITH THE CONFIDENCE OF THE HOUSE to Prorogue the House as he / she sees fit
This reminds me of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion. Back then we had the Family Compact, a little like McGuinty and his insiders running the show but answerable to no one. Mind, they did have Legislature back then although it had little power. One story I have told over the years to show the kinds of things which caused people to pick up their pitchforks. John Graves Simcoe laid Ontario roads out in a grid pattern. During the early 1800s surveyors were sent out to divided each area between sidelines [ 1/2 mile ] and concessions [ 1 1/4 miles ]. Each rectangle held four 100 acre farms. Now the dirty Family Compact stuff. When a surveyor found a nice farm his report was signed in red ink.
The questionable farms were identified with black ink. The good farms were grabbed by the Family home Compact families and some were set aside as clergy reserves. So called to provide protestant churches with an income. Now here’s the rub. Owners of the farms had to work on repairing / improving the local roads for 2 weeks or pay a fee to get someone else to do it. The farms owned by the Family Compact or the churches were not required to provide any road assistance nor pay any fee. The poor farmer with the poorest land had to maintain the roads for the convenience of the rich. Pushed to the wall they took up arms under William Lyon MacKenzie. We haven’t come very far have we.