Provincial politicians returned to the Ontario legislature on Monday, re-electing Ted Arnott as speaker before the government delivered a throne speech Tuesday and reintroduced the budget.
Arnott, a progressive conservative representing Wellington-Halton Hills, has served as speaker for the past four years.
He thanked members for his election and thanked the hundreds of Legislature workers – from cleaners to clerks – saying the assembly could not function without them.
Arnott was up for the role this time against Nina Tangri, who was acting as Deputy Minister for Small Business and Red Tape Reduction.
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On Tuesday there will be a speech from the throne outlining the agenda of the re-elected progressive Conservative government, followed by the budget, which is expected to be largely unchanged from when it was introduced but failed to pass in the spring ahead of the election.
The only new item Premier Doug Ford has signaled is a five percent increase in Ontario Disability Support Program rates, which have been frozen at up to $1,169 a month for a single person for basic needs and housing since 2018.
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