The Liberal government hopes to hit the ‘reset’ button on its agenda when the Ontario legislature resumes sitting on Monday.
However, Premier Kathleen Wynne can expect the opposition parties to be on the attack over electricity rates and the province’s $300-billion dollar debt.
Wynne surprised the opposition when she unexpectedly prorogued the legislature last week and said it would open on Monday as per usual, but with the ceremony of a throne speech added.
Finance Minister Charles Sousa has said the speech will include plans to offer relief from rising hydro costs, adding the government knows it “needs to mitigate the cost for everyday Ontarians.”
He wouldn’t say whether the province’s plans include bringing back the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, which offered a 10% bill rebate before it ended in January.
The Liberal appear to be in damage control after the Progressive Conservatives won the Scarborough-Rouge River riding in a September 1st byelection.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath hopes the Liberals offer real solutions to the rising cost of hydro. She’s suggested eliminating the HST from hydro bills, and halting the sale of Hydro One.