Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls sidelined as Speaker of the House
Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott has been elected to the position
Ontario PC MPP Rick Nicholls was recently re-elected to his seat in Chatham-Kent-Leamington and was seeking another top spot as Speaker of the House.
However that Queen's Park position went to Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott.
Nicholls was joined by Arnott, PC MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston Randy Hillier, and Burlington MPP Jane McKenna for the position.
MPPs voted for the spot on Wednesday, as Premier Doug Ford and his party took their seats in the Ontario Legislature for the first time since their decisive majority election victory last month.
Nicholls secured about 50 per cent of the vote in his riding during the 2018 provincial election.
Just elected as the new speaker, <a href="https://twitter.com/TedArnottMPP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TedArnottMPP</a> is ceremoniously dragged to the chair <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/onpoli?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#onpoli</a> <a href="https://t.co/OFLa1t8Zqb">pic.twitter.com/OFLa1t8Zqb</a>—@CBCQueensPark
BREAKING: Ontario Premier Doug Ford takes his seat in the legislature for the first time. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/onpoli?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#onpoli</a> <a href="https://t.co/fa80cu2q1b">https://t.co/fa80cu2q1b</a> <a href="https://t.co/Gq0HhNxWse">pic.twitter.com/Gq0HhNxWse</a>—@CBCQueensPark