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Tory Frank Klees plans to run for Speaker in move that could help the Ontario Liberals

The opposition may inadvertently help out Ontario's Liberal governmentby allowing one of its members to run for Speaker of the legislature.

TORONTO - The opposition may inadvertently help out Ontario's Liberal government by allowing one of its members to run for Speaker of the legislature.

The Liberals fell one seat short of a majority in the Oct. 6 election, and the opposition parties had vowed not to put any candidates forward as Speaker, further weakening the Liberals' position.

But Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak now says Newmarket's Frank Klees will be putting his name forward.

If he wins, the Tories and the NDP will lose their majority 54 seats, ending up with 53 seats between them, the same as the Liberals.

Hudak says he's disappointed with Klees' decision, adding he offered him two prominent critic portfolios but was turned down.

Klees flatly rejects that his decision had anything to do with the PC election campaign or with the shadow cabinet jobs he was offered.

Every other member of the Tory caucus will have a critic portfolio, as will the New Democrats, who announced their shadow cabinet earlier that day.

 
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