Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli is facing criticism this week, after releasing documents to the public that he says show the province is in poor shape financially.

The Liberal government says the documents the Progressive Conservative finance critic revealed were confidential.

House leader John Milloy pushed the speaker of the house to censure Fedeli and rule him in contempt of parliament.

Contempt of parliament rulings could techincally result in jail time or expulsion from the legislature, said David Tabachnik, a professor of political science at Nipissing University. But he said that's unlikely to happen.


The Liberal government alleges that Progressive Conservative MPP Vic Fedeli revealed classified information to the public and says he should be ruled in contempt of parliament. (CBC)

"Unless there is a clear instance where this has impeded the ability of the legislature to do their job, the speaker will ask parliamentarians to work this out themselves,” Tabachnik said.

It is now up to the speaker of the house to rule on Milloy's accusation that Fedeli was in contempt.

MPP Vic Fedeli had this to say in his defence at Queen's Park:

“I only released information the committee had already released into the public domain.”

Fedeli said he doesn't see anything wrong with his use of the documents, some of which, he says, were only partially redacted.

Tabachnik said the worst that could happen is that Fedeli would have to apologize and that anything he’s seen being released are “pretty unlikely” to “have huge ramifications on the legislature and its ability to do its job properly.”