08/20/2012 12:28 EDT | Updated 10/20/2012 05:12 EDT

Ontario Legislature To Be Recalled For Teacher Legislation

Ontario's governing Liberals are recalling the provincial legislature two weeks early in order to table legislation that would impose a new contract on teachers in a move they say is needed to ensure there are no labour disruptions during the school year.

The legislature will be recalled next Monday so the government can table the Putting Students First Act, which would apply to all public-school teachers in the province and is intended to ensure that there are no labour disruptions for the next two years.

"We owe it to parents to ensure the school year continues uninterrupted, just like it has for the past nine years. As you saw in the spring, legislation moves through a minority parliament as slow as molasses," said House Leader John Milloy at a Monday news conference.

"That's why we're bringing the legislature back early. We must take action."

The Liberals would need the support of at least one opposition party to pass the bill.

The Liberals had threatened to bring in the bill if teachers didn't sign new contracts with school boards by the end of the month.

Two of the major unions representing teachers say their members always intended to return to the classroom in the fall, and the government is creating a crisis where none exists.

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