Opposition Day and Want of Confidence Motions

Opposition Day is a block of time on certain sessional days reserved for the consideration of a matter selected by a member of an opposition party.

A want of confidence motion is a motion that signals the government has lost the confidence of the House.

Below is a list of Opposition Day debates and want of confidence motions and the outcomes of resulting debates during the current session of the current Parliament.

For more information on Opposition Day and want of confidence motions, please call Procedural Services at 416-325-3500.

Status of Business

État des Travaux

2nd Session,
41st Parliament

2e Session,
41e Législature

[November 22, 2016]

 

 

Section 6C

Section 6C

Special Debates

OPPOSITION DAYS

Débats Spéciaux

JOURS DE l’OPPOSITION

FALL PERIOD 2016

1.         Mr. Brown — Whereas, Ontario has amongst the highest hydro rates in North America; whereas, electricity prices are expected to rise again on November 1st; whereas, the Liberal government have created the hydro crisis by signing lucrative contracts for unnecessary energy; whereas Liberal mismanagement has left Ontario's electricity system unaffordable and unreliable; whereas, the proposed hydro rebate is merely a band-aid solution; and, whereas, the rebate is simply too little and too late; therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Liberal government to: stop signing contracts for energy that the province will sell at a loss; and stop selling any further shares in Hydro One.

Addressed to the Premier. Filed September 21, 2016.

Debated and lost on division September 27, 2016.

2.         Ms. Horwath — Whereas Ontario's energy system was founded with the principle "Power at Cost" and that "The Gifts of Nature are for the People" which built Ontario into an economic powerhouse;

Whereas people and businesses should be able to count on affordable, reliable energy to ensure prosperity and give a bright future to Ontario's next generations;

Whereas our hydroelectricity system was owned by the people of Ontario and delivered affordable, reliable electricity and economic prosperity for over one hundred years;

Whereas the Liberal party did not run on a plan to privatize Ontario's hydro system;

Whereas privatization of our hydro system under Conservative and Liberal governments have driven up generation costs from 4.3 cents per kilowatt hour in 2002 to an on-peak price of 18 cents per kilowatt hour in 2016;

Whereas Ontarians have reason to be concerned that the Liberal government is planning to facilitate the privatization of Local Distribution Companies such as Toronto Hydro;

Whereas as many as 80% of people across Ontario oppose the privatization of Hydro One;

Whereas, people of Ontario deserve to have a say before any more of Hydro One is sold off to private investors or any other privatization takes place;

Whereas the next provincial election in Ontario is now less than two years away;

Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Liberal government to take immediate steps to stop any further privatization of Ontario's hydro system, including both Hydro One and any Local Distribution Companies such as Toronto Hydro.

Addressed to the Premier. Filed September 28, 2016.

Debated and lost on division October 5, 2016.

3.         Mr. Brown — Whereas, hydro rates in Ontario are the highest of any province in Canada;

Whereas, Ontario needs to stop selling electricity at a loss to neighbouring states and provinces;

Whereas, the Liberals and NDP supported legislation that created the current hydro rate crisis;

Whereas, the skyrocketing hydro rates have made life harder and more expensive in Ontario under the Liberal government;

Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Liberal government to:

Take action to stop further rate increases;

Stop any future sale of the shares of Hydro One;

Stop signing energy contracts for power Ontario does not need; and

Restore municipal planning powers over energy projects that were stripped away by the Liberals and NDP.

Addressed to the Premier. Filed October 19, 2016.

Debated and lost on division October 25, 2016.

4.         Mr. Brown — Whereas, hydro rates in Ontario are the highest of any province in Canada;

Whereas, the Liberals wasted $300 million on energy scandals, including paying $12 million for consultants instead of hydro relief for low-income families, losing a $28 million lawsuit to Windstream, an $81 million accounting error, and losing $179 million in a court case with energy producers;

Therefore, the Legislative Assembly calls on the Liberal government to:

Issue a formal apology to the people of Ontario for their scandal, waste, and mismanagement; and,

In an effort to reduce rates, stop any future sale of the shares of Hydro One; and,

Stop signing energy contracts for power Ontario does not need.

Addressed to the Premier. Filed November 16, 2016.

Debated and lost on division November 22, 2016.

 

 

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