Learn­ing on the job

Kitch­ener-Con­estoga’s newly elected MPP Mike Harris get­ting ori­ented as power changes hands at Queen’s Park

The Woolwich Observer - - FRONT PAGE - FAISAL ALI

AS THE DUST SET­TLES from On­tario’s province-shak­ing gen­eral elec­tion last week, the newly elected PC gov­ern­ment – and the scores of new MPPs voted in un­der the blue ban­ner – will be scram­bling to pre­pare them­selves for the busi­ness of gov­er­nance.

It will be the first regime change in the province in 15 years since the Lib­eral party first en­tered of­fice in 2003, and for the in­com­ing gov­ern­ment, the onus will be to cre­ate as smooth a tran­si­tion of power as pos­si­ble. That will mean es­tab­lish­ing a party pol­icy, se­lect­ing a cab­i­net and defin­ing the roles of the MPPs head­ing to Queen’s Park.

“There’s a few things that are kind of in play over the next few weeks, of course,” noted Mike Harris, the newly elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Kitch­ener-Con­estoga rid­ing.

“Num­ber-one in is our first

[FAISAL ALI / THE OBSERVER]

Newly elected Kitch­ener-Con­estoga MPP Mike Harris waves to sup­port­ers on elec­tion night, flanked by his fam­ily, in­clud­ing fromer premier Mike Harris Sr. A Tory gov­ern­ment will take of­fice June 29.

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