TORONTO – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was kicked out of Question Period Thursday after demanding to know why Premier Kathleen Wynne was at a press conference instead of answering opposition questions.
Video of the event shows NDP MPPs then banging on their desks in protest. House Speaker Dave Levac threatened to remove any MPP who continued to be disruptive as the banging went on for roughly 20 minutes. As the disruption continued Horwath was named by the speaker before being removed.
The uproar was in response to Wynne and Sousa skipping Question Period for a press conference on a report by an advisory group headed by Former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark. The report recommends selling off a 60 per cent stake in Hydro One and allowing beer to be sold in 450 groceries.
A statement posted to Twitter by the Ontario NDP said: “There is no discernible reason for the Premier to sidestep accountability of the House.”