McKenna (Burlington), returning to Queen’s Park after a four-year hiatus, had hoped to make to make history as the first woman to become Speaker.
She was elected in 2011 and then defeated in 2014 before making a comeback on June 7.
Nicholls (Chatham-Kent-Leamington), a former deputy speaker, had wanted to bring his experience as a baseball umpire and basketball referee to corral MPPs during the legislative proceedings.
The Legislature will continue Thursday with a speech from the throne read by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell outlining the new Tory government’s agenda.
Government House Leader Todd Smith said the administration’s first three priorities are legislating an end to the strike at York University, repealing the cap-and-trade law governing Ontario’s environmental alliance with Quebec and California, and cancelling a controversial wind farm in Prince Edward County.
Wednesday also marked Ford’s first day in the House. He is the rookie MPP for Etobicoke North.
The new premier appeared relaxed, greeting PC, NDP, Liberal, and Green MPPs as he moved around the Legislature during the voting for the Speaker.
Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser said “she is taking a well-deserved holiday.”
Fraser said Wynne will not be at the throne speech, but she will return the House during this brief July session.