Ontario legislature will sit starting Aug. 8 to pass budget, Ford says
Ontario legislators will return to provincial parliament on Aug. 8.
Premier Doug Ford says the legislature will sit for approximately five weeks.
The main item on the agenda is debate and voting on the provincial budget that was introduced but not passed before the spring election.
Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy has said the budget will be largely the same as what was introduced this spring, with some changes, including an increase in Ontario Disability Support Program funding.
It will be the first session for many members elected for the first time this June as Ford's Progressive Conservatives return with a second majority government.
The provincial New Democrats remain the Official Opposition though their seat count has diminished and their former leader has stepped down.
(The Canadian Press)
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