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McGuinty dismisses contempt motion over gas plants as ‘spurious, phoney’

Dismissed legislature to provide cooling off period.

TORONTO—Premier Dalton McGuinty flatly denies he prorogued the Ontario legislature to avoid contempt motions and committee hearings into the cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.

McGuinty says he prorogued for at least four months because the opposition was making it impossible to get anything done.

He rejected Opposition suggestions prorogation was a “cowardly” way to avoid hearings scheduled this week into the Liberals’ decisions to scrap the gas plants, at a cost to taxpayers of at least $230 million.

McGuinty says he shut down all legislative business to give everyone a cooling off period.

The premier accused the opposition parties of tying up legislative business with what he called a “spurious and phoney” contempt motion, which was triggered by the Liberals’ initial refusal to release documents on the cancelled gas plants.

The New Democrats say McGuinty is being “extraordinarily crass and cynical” by dismissing the contempt motion.

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