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Ontario Premier resigns and prorogues Legislature

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On Monday night, Dalton McGuinty announced that he is resigning his position of the Premier of Ontario and Liberal Party Leader.  The Premier has governed the province since defeating Progressive Conservative premier Ernie Eves in 2003. He will keep his seat as an MPP in the riding of Ottawa South until the next election is called.  According to party rule, a new leader must be chosen within six months of the resignation.

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In addition to vacating the Premier’s seat, Dalton McGuinty prorogued the Ontario Legislature until his successor is chosen. This means that all the legislative and committee business will stop until the new leader is chosen and sitting resumes. Follow the link to see the list of bills that received second reading or later, but will not become law unless reintroduced.  

Dalton McGuinty expressed his desire to have the new leader elected as soon as possible, potentially by early next year. As of Monday, top Liberal leadership contenders are Energy Minister Chris Bentley, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, Children and Youth Services Minister Eric Hoskins, Health Minister Deb Matthews, Training Colleges and Universities Minister Glen Murray, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Charles Sousa, Municipal Affairs Minister Kathleen Wynne, and party president Yasir Naqvi, the Ottawa Centre MPP.

Some 2,500 Ontario Liberal Party members will select the next premier at the convention likely to happen early next year.

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As OREA’s Government Relations Associate, Yuliya Khraplyva stays abreast of all legislation, public policy and regulations that affect REALTORS®. She researches the background of specific issues, monitors the policy development process and political party positions to assess their impact on organized real estate. Yuliya keeps OREA members informed on important issues by updating government relations publications, drafting articles for Queen’s Park Plus newsletter and managing Government Relations Social Media sites. In her previous roles, Yuliya served as a Policy Analyst at the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants and interned with two Members of Provincial Parliament at Queen’s Park. Yuliya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and French from York University.