Politicians are back in the Ontario legislature to debate legislation that would end an almost three-month strike at York University.
The Progressive Conservatives are slamming the Liberals for failing to take action sooner to help end the strike. With the premier absent from the legislature, it was up to Minister of Colleges and Universities John Milloy to call on all parties to pass the back-to-work legislation quickly.
The Liberals and Progressive Conservatives had hoped for speedy passage over the weekend but the New Democrats voted against the bill.
The strike has kept about 50,000 York students out of classes since early November.
NDP Leader Howard Hampton says he is not playing political games by refusing to go along with the legislation. He says striking workers do about half of the teaching at York and only receive a fraction of the salary.
The government says it’s unlikely students will return to school this week unless the New Democrats have a change of heart.
The Liberals say Thursday is the earliest the legislation could be passed – so the school likely won’t reopen before Feb. 2.
— The Canadian Press