Queen’s Park back in ses­sion

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - News -

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.

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