Debate over a proposed provincial hydro plan, which the Liberals say will cut rates by 25%, got heated at Queen’s Park Tuesday, to the point that the MPP for Hastings-Prince Edward was ejected from the legislature.
Todd Smith stepped forward from his seat onto the central floor of the legislature, with arms waving, shouting toward the Liberal government members, and was then led from the chamber.
Smith, who is the Progressive Conservative Energy Critic, was voicing his party’s displeasure over the government “spending taxpayer money again to advertise a hydro program that hasn’t been brought to the legislature yet.”
He says the advertising regarding the changes to the hydro payment program are being paid for by taxpayers’ money, while the advertising handouts at subway stations in Toronto are paid for by Liberal party funds.
The PCs believe it is a breach of the legislature, and have made a motion to hold the Liberals in contempt of parliament.
Smith says they’re still waiting for a ruling from the speaker on that motion, a ruling he says could take a week.