Queen’s Park back in session
Major labour law changes, including a $15 minimum wage, and marijuana will be on the front burner as Ontario’s legislature returns from its summer break on Monday.
But the business of legislating also resumes at the same time as two Liberal trials get underway and are sure to dominate Ontario politics.
Both opposition parties will likely try to keep reminding people of the Election Act bribery charges trial in Sudbury related to a 2015 byelection and mischief and the breach of trust trial in Toronto related to the cancellation of two gas plants before the 2011 election.
Premier Kathleen Wynne is set to testify in the bribery trial in Sudbury on Wednesday.
Wynne was asked last week if she was worried the trials would overshadow her agenda.
“I really don’t have control over that,” she said. “My job is to implement our plan to make sure that we do everything that we can to make this a fair place to live.”
With an eye on the June 2018 election, the Liberal government’s labour bill would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2019 as well as give equal pay for part-time workers, increased vacation entitlements and expanded personal emergency leave.