Doug Ford changing Queen's Park rules to pass bills more quickly - 2018-09-15
As the Ontario Legislature ended a Saturday sitting without passing controversial legislation on the size of Toronto city council, Premier Doug Ford's government is also making changes that will weaken the opposition's ability to slow down bills.
Coming shortly after the Ford government invoked the notwithstanding clause of the Charter of Rights to override a court ruling, Ontario's opposition parties see this as another effort by the Progressive Conservatives to muscle through their agenda.
The PCs are moving to change the legislature's rules of procedure, formally called the standing orders. These rules control such things as when bills can be introduced, when opposition parties get to put forward motions, and how much debate must take place before a bill goes to a final vote.