Ontario expected to extend state of emergency to May 31

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TORONTO - Ontario's legislature will sit Tuesday and is expected to extend the province's state of emergency to May 31, while also holding question period again.

A statement from the government house leader's office says unanimous consent is expected to quickly vote on all stages of the bill to extend the state of emergency past its current expiry of May 12.

Politicians have returned to the chamber _ with physical distancing protocols _ several times since the pandemic began to extend the state of emergency, but have now also agreed to regular question periods.

The sessions will be held Tuesday, as well as May 19, 20, 26, 27, June 2 and 3.

The government says it is consulting with opposition parties about the possibility of extending sittings into the summer.

Only 42 out of Ontario's 124 members will be allowed in the chamber at any given time to ensure physical distancing.