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2014-05-02 at 15:19

Election called

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath poses for a photo at her legislature office in Toronto on Friday May 2, 2014. The stage has been set for a June election in Ontario after Horwath announced she has lost confidence in Premier Kathleen Wynne and the province
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath poses for a photo at her legislature office in Toronto on Friday May 2, 2014. The stage has been set for a June election in Ontario after Horwath announced she has lost confidence in Premier Kathleen Wynne and the province's minority Liberal government. THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has called a June 12 election instead of waiting to see her minority Liberal government defeated in a confidence vote on its budget.

Wynne visited Lt.-Gov. David Onley this afternoon to ask him to dissolve the legislature after the NDP announced they would join with the Conservatives to vote against the budget.

She says voters have a choice between a balanced Liberal approach to job creation and economic growth or an opposition party that she says would put the recovery at risk with reckless schemes.

Wynne says it's a choice between Liberal "safe hands or risky tactics" of the opposition parties.

New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath said she could not continue to prop up a government that plagued by scandal after scandal, and believes it's time for voters to have their say.

But rather than see the government face weeks of criticism in the legislature until the budget vote, Wynne opted to call the election herself.

Progressive Conservatives Leader Tim Hudak calls the New Democrats hypocritical for taking so long to decide to defeat the Liberals, something he says they should have done at least a year ago.

The Canadian Press
© The Canadian Press, 2015

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