Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has confirmed she is proroguing the legislature so that her government can deliver a new throne speech on Monday.
The surprising announcement made Thursday morning is seen by some as a way for the Liberals, which has been dealing with low approval ratings, to give themselves a mid-mandate reboot.
Wynne is expected to outline the government’s mandate for the 20 months leading up to the provincial election in the spring of 2018.
All government bills are being kept active, including election finance reforms. Other significant pieces of legislation for the government’s previous priorities have already been passed, including ones to enable a cap-and-trade system and the partial sale of Hydro One.
It appears that private members’ bills will be dropped, but that has not been confirmed at this point.
Wynne said Wednesday when asked about her upcoming legislative priorities that economic growth and job creation will continue to be a focus and that the government needs to find a way to address high electricity rates.