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Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa (L) arrives with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to deliver the provincial budget at Queens Park in Toronto, July 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: POLITICS)
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa (L) arrives with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to deliver the provincial budget at Queens Park in Toronto, July 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: POLITICS)
(MARK BLINCH/REUTERS)

Ontario Liberals waste no time playing hardball with opposition

The Ontario Liberals have wasted little time throwing around the weight of their majority government.

In the opening days of the new parliament, they demanded six out of nine seats on most legislative committees – even though the seat count in the legislature, mathematically, entitled them to just five. When the Progressive Conservatives protested the move, the Liberals ramped up the pressure. They threatened to have the legislature sit until midnight every night and stay in session through the summer. They also refused to convene a special committee looking at improving services for people with developmental disabilities, a PC priority, until the opposition parties agreed to government dominance of most other committees.