Legislative and Policy Update October 29 – November 2

  • November 07, 2018

Last Week at Queen’s Park

Last week’s question period focused on several policy issues – including the cancellation of three university-college campuses, and the cost of the “Open for Business” signs that the government plans to place at border crossings across the province.

On Tuesday, the Select Committee on Financial Transparency released a list of witnesses to be called, including Ed Clark and former premier Kathleen Wynne. 

The government also passed Bill 4 – the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, which ends a signature policy of the former government. The Environment Minister indicated that the government will introduce its climate plan later in November.

In the justice sector, the Toronto Star reported that a secret Toronto police report on the new Toronto courthouse argued that the downtown courthouse would increase the risk of gang-related violence in the area.  A spokesperson for the Attorney General indicated that the security features at the new courthouse would meet or exceed those in other jurisdictions.

On Thursday, the government announced that its Fall Economic Statement will be tabled on Thursday, November 15.

Law Society of Ontario

The next meeting of Convocation will be on Friday, November 30.

On October 15, the nomination period opened for the 2019 Law Society of Ontario Bencher Election. Further information on the elections can be found on the LSO web page.

The LSO will be inviting input from the legal community and the public on a draft regulatory framework permitting lawyers and paralegals to provide services through charities and not-for-profit corporations. The comment period will be open until January 18, 2019. The draft regulatory framework has been designed as a means to facilitate access to justice. Please see the Alternative Business Structures Working Group’s October Report for more information. 

The Upcoming Week in Legislative Committees

There are no Committee meetings currently scheduled for the week of November 5 to 9.  Committees will resume the week of November 12 as follows:

  • the Standing Committee on Social Policy will meet for clause-by-clause consideration of Bill 34, An Act to repeal the Green Energy Act, 2009 and to amend the Electricity Act, 1998, the Environmental Protection Act, the Planning Act and various other statutes, on November 12 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and,
  • the Standing Committee on Government Agencies will meet to consider Intended Appointments, on November 13 at 9 a.m.



Bill Number & Name


Bill 4, Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018

Phillips, Hon. Rod

Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

October 30, 31, 2018 – Third reading Debate, Deferred Vote, Carried on Division.  Royal Assent Received.

Bill 32, Access to Natural Gas Act, 2018

McNaughton, Hon. Monte

Minister of Infrastructure

October 29, 2018 – Carried, Ordered referred to the Standing Committee on General Government pursuant to the Order of the House.

October 31, 2018 – Considered by the Standing Committee on General Government.

Bill 34, Green Energy Repeal Act, 2018

Rickford, Hon. Greg
Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines

October 29 and 30, 2018 – Considered by the Standing Committee on Social Policy

Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018

Wilson, Hon. Jim

Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

October 29, 30 and 31, 2018 – Second Reading Debate


Bill Number & Name


Bill 49, Charter Rights Transparency Act, 2018

Des Rosiers, Nathalie

October 29, 2018 – First Reading – Carried

Bill 50, Cutting Red Tape for Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, 2018

Harris, Mike

October 30, 2018 – First Reading – Carried

Bill 51, Long-Term Care Homes Amendment Act (Preference for Veterans), 2018

Stevens, Jennifer (Jennie)

October 30, 2018 – First Reading – Carried


  • None to report