Ontario Liberals easily survive first confidence vote as majority
TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberals easily survived their first confidence vote since the June 12 election, using their majority in the legislature to approve the throne speech.
The Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats voted against the speech today, but the Liberals outvoted the opposition parties 57-40 to approve their legislative plan.
The vote clears the way for the re-introduction of the provincial budget Monday.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says the budget will be identical to the one presented May 1, which was rejected by both opposition parties, triggering the election.
No other business has been done since the legislature resumed last week because the government is fighting with the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats over the makeup of committees.
The Liberals are demanding six of nine seats on each committee, while the Tories and NDP say the government should get only five seats.
The combined opposition parties had control of the committees for the past three years when the Liberals were a minority government, but that all changed last month when they were returned with a majority.