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In the spring session, the Legislature passed a number of bills including Bill 155, An Act to provide for a referendum on Ontario's electoral system. As stated in its title, this Bill provides that if the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform recommends the adoption of an electoral system different from Ontario's current one, a referendum on the recommended electoral system shall be held in conjunction with the 2007 general election. The referendum question will be established by an order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

On March 22, 2007, the Budget for 2007-2008 was tabled in the House by the Minister of Finance.

Committees

The Standing Committee on General Government considered Bill 69, An Act to allow for information sharing about regulated organizations to improve efficiency in the administration and enforcement of regulatory legislation and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. The purpose of the Bill is to increase compliance in regulated sectors by, " ... among other things, empowering Ministers to authorize the collection, use and disclosure of certain information and empowering Ministers to authorize the same person or class of persons to exercise functions under multiple Acts." The Committee held public hearings on March 26 and clause-by-clause consideration on March 28, 2007. The Bill was reported back to the House, with certain amendments, on March 29, 2007 and is on the Order Paper for Third Reading.

The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs concluded its Pre-budget consultations over the winter adjournment and tabled its report in the House on March 19, 2007.

The Standing Committee on Justice Policy held two days of public hearings on Bill 103, An Act to establish an Independent Police Review Director and create a new public complaints process by amending the Police Services Act. After one day of clause-by-clause consideration, the Committee reported the Bill back to the House with certain amendments. Bill 103 is currently on the Order Paper for Third Reading.

The Committee is currently considering Bill 165, An Act to establish and provide for the office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. This Bill proposes to establish the position of Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, who would be an officer of the Legislative Assembly.

Other Matters

After being returned as the Member for Markham in the by-election of February 8th, Michael Chan was sworn in as Minister of Revenue on February 21, 2007. On March 29, 2007, Tim Peterson, Member for Mississauga South, crossed the floor to sit as an independent.

On March 21, 2007, Deborah Deller, was appointed Clerk of the Legislative Assembly succeeding Claude DesRosiers, who had retired on December 31, 2006 after 20 years of service. Ms. Deller had been the Acting Clerk since January 2007 and Deputy Clerk and Executive Director of Legislative Services from 2003 to 2007. Ms. Deller also is the first woman to occupy the position in Ontario.

Effective April 24, 2007, Todd Decker, assumed responsibilities as Deputy Clerk and Executive Director of Legislative Services. Mr. Decker had served as Clerk of Journals and Procedural Research since 1997.

Katch Koch

Committee Clerk

Au cours de la sessions du printemps, l'Assemblee legislative a adopte certains projets de loi, dont le projet de loi 155, Loi prevoyant un referendum sur le systeme electoral de l'Ontario. Comme son titre l'indique, cette loi prevoit que, si l'Assemblee de citoyens sur la reforme electorale recommande l'adoption d'un systeme electoral different de celui en vigueur en Ontario, un referendum sur le systeme electoral recommande devra se tenir en meme temps que l'election generale de 2007. La question referendaire sera formulee par decret du lieutenant-gouvemeur en conseil.

Le 22 mars 2007, le ministre des Finances a depose le budget 2007-2008 a l'Assemblee legislative.

Comites

Le Comite permanent des affaires gouvernementales a realise letude du projet de loi 69, Loi permettant I echange de renseignements sur les organismes reglementes afin de rendre plus efficaces l'application et l'execution de la legislation de nature reglementaire et apportant des modifications correlatives a d'autres lois. Ce projet de loi vise a faire respecter davantage la reglementation dans les secteurs reglementes, notamment << en conferant aux ministres le pouvoir d'autoriser la collecte, l'utilisation et la divulgation de certains renseignements et celui d'autoriser la meme personne ou la meme categorie de personnes a exercer les fonctions conferees par plusieurs lois >>. Le Comite a tenu des audiences publiques le 26 mars et a procede a son etude article par article le 28 mars. Le projet de loi a ensuite ete renvoye a l'Assemblee avec certains amendements le lendemain, puis inscrit au Feuilleton pour etude en troisieme lecture.

Le Comite permanent des finances et des affaires economiques a termine ses consultations prebudgetaires pendant le conge d'hiver et a depose son rapport a l'Assemblee le 19 mars.

Le Comite permanent de la justice a tenu deux jours d'audiences publiques sur le projet de loi 103, Loi visant a creer le poste de directeur independant d'examen de la police et a creer une nouvelle procedure de traitement des plaintes du public en modifiant la Loi sur les services policiers. Apres avoir consacre un jour a l'examen article par article, le Comite a renvoye le projet de loi a l'Assemblee avec certains amendements. Le texte est actuellement inscrit au Feuilleton pour etude en troisieme lecture.

Le Comite etudie presentement le projet de loi 165, Loi visant a creer la charge d'intervenant provincial en faveur des enfants et des jeunes et a y pourvoir. Ce texte propose la creation de la charge d'intervenant provincial en faveur des enfants et des jeunes, qui serait fonctionnaire de l'Assemblee legislative.

Autres questions

Apres avoir ete elu depute provincial de Markham lors des elections partielles du 8 fevrier dernier, Miehael Chan a ete assermente le 21 fevrier a titre de ministre du Revenu. Le 29 mars, Tim Peterson, depute de Mississauga-Sud, a quitte son parti pour sieger a titre d'independant.

Le 21 mars dernier, Deborah Deller a ete nommee greffiere de l'Assemblee legislative, succedant ainsi a Claude DesRosiers, qui a pris sa retraite le 31 decembre 2006, apres 20 annees de service. Mme Deller occupait les fonctions de greffiere suppleante depuis janvier 2007, et avait ete sous-greffiere et directrice generale des Services parlementaires de 2003 a 2007. Mme Deller est egalement la premiere femme a occuper ce poste en Ontario.

Depuis le 24 avril, Todd Decker assume les responsabilites de sous-greffier et de directeur general des Services parlementaires. M. Decker etait greffier responsable des journaux et de la recherche sur la procedure depuis 1997.

Katch Koch

Greffier du Comite
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Title Annotation:Legislative Reports/Rapport legislatifs; Ontario, Canada
Author:Koch, Katch
Publication:Canadian Parliamentary Review
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Date:Jun 22, 2007
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