Ont. gov passes budget; legislature goes on summer break

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa on budget day at Queen's Park....

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa on budget day at Queen's Park. (STAN BEHAL, QMI Agency)

< ahref="mailto:christina.blizzard@sunmedia.ca" class="byline">Christina Blizzard, Queen's Park Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:43 PM ET

TORONTO -- The same Liberal budget that triggered the June 12 election sailed easily through the legislature Thursday as MPPs packed up and headed home for the summer.

The budget that brings in a new Ontario pension plan and an aviation fuel tax and predicts a deficit of $12.5 billion this year passed with a vote of 56-37.

The house adjourned until Oct. 20 after the passage of the bill.

Premier Kathleen Wynne insisted MPPs will still be working hard in their ridings on the implementation of the budget.

"Make no mistake: This is not an extended vacation that MPPs are going to be going on," she told reporters.

"The momentary glee at the passage of the budget is just that," she said. "We're very pleased, we are very happy to have reached this point where the budget has been passed, and now we know that the work begins."

It's expected Wynne will lead a trade delegation to China in September.


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