QUEEN’S PARK – After a four month delay, the government finally tabled the motion that permits the creation of all the committees at the Legislature. Unanimously supported by the PC and NDP MPP’s the motion was adopted and, within the next few days, the nine Standing Committees will have their founding meetings and elect Chairs and Vice-Chairs.
Of those nine committees, there are three that conduct virtually all the hearings on new pieces of legislation. Northumberland – Quinte West MPP Rob Milligan has been appointed to one of those three, the Standing Committee on Justice Policy. “While the other committees perform valuable tasks, I am extremely excited to be assigned to one of the policy committees. Being able to take an active role in the clause-by-clause analysis of proposed new Bills ensures the views of the residents of this riding are heard when new laws are being designed”, MPP Milligan said.
“After Second Reading, Bills are typically referred to Committee and that is where the real debate takes place”, said MPP Rob Milligan. “There are already several pieces of legislation that have been held up, in some cases since December, simply because the government wanted to pretend that it isn’t in a minority Parliament”, Milligan added. “I also intend to propose that the committee travels to our riding, and to other ridings outside Toronto, whenever possible, to make it easier for people in rural Ontario to have their say on new pieces of legislation”.
The Ministries and Offices assigned to the Committee are:
- Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
- Ministry of the Attorney General
- Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
- Ministry of Government Services
- Office of Francophone Affairs
- Ontario Women's Directorate
In addition, Bills relating to any other Ministry may be referred to the Justice Policy committee by order of the Legislature.