Ontario legislature ponders 'family-friendly' hours

Earlier start time, elimination of night sessions could help MPPs with family responsibilities
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/21/2008

New reforms in how the Ontario legislature does business could bring more work-life balance to the Ontario government and encourage more working parents to get involved in politics, said Ontario House Leader Michael Bryant.

Bryant wants to start sessions at 9:30 a.m. instead of 1:30 p.m., move question period to the morning and eliminate night sessions, which can go as late as midnight.

Bryant's proposal is partly in response to an all-party committee to study ways of improving family life for politicians with young children, initiated by Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod (Nepean-Carleton).