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2014-04-24 at 20:07

Wynne challenges Hudak, Horwath to Northern leaders debate

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Kathleen Wynne is daring to go where her predecessor refused.

The Ontario premier on Thursday challenged Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to a Northern Ontario debate if an election is called. Less than three years ago former premier Dalton McGuinty refused to take part in a similar debate, drawing scorn from Hudak and Horwath.

In a release issued in Fort Frances, where Wynne is taking part in the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association`s annual meeting, the premier said it’s time for her opponents to get serious about northern growth.

The ruling Liberals are expected to table their budget next Thursday. Hudak has promised to vote against it regardless of what it contains, leaving Horwath to either support the government or force an election.

“I hope the other two parties do the right thing and support our budget. I hope they will put the public good ahead of their partisanship. But if the other parties don`t support this plan and instead send the province to an election, then I will call on the other party leaders to come to the North and discuss these issues at a Northern Leaders debate,” Wynne stated.

Horwath was quick to accept. 

"The Liberals have ignored the needs of Northern Ontario for too long. I'm happy to debate Kathleen Wynne and Tim Hudak on northern issues anywhere in the north, any time," she said in a release. 

Hudak also agreed to join the fun, though he said he's ready to go right now. 

"Why wait for an election. I will be in Northern Ontario in a couple of weeks and hope to see Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horwath there," Hudak said. 

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trevor99 says:
Mr. Duncan, I am assuming it is Mr. I have never seen anyone find so much fault with one government as you have. Every posting about the government is negative. But for the moment I will take you at your word.

I just did a quick google search. Canada's debt is almost 700 billion. That works about to over $20,000 for each person in the country.

Would you still like to suggest that it is only in Ontario that we are facing these challenges.

They are everywhere.

We are all spending too much money yet I only ever see your critique flowing in one direction.

If you want to have a more fair discussion about the governments in Canada and their spending including Ottawa and here in Thunder Bay then I am all for it but your constant one-sided attacks make your opinion meaningless.

Let's discuss the whole topic. We might even agree on some things concerning the province but I doubt you are able to see beyond Ontario to discuss other problem child's governing us.
4/26/2014 9:01:44 AM
progress now says:
I don't see how the cons or ndp can refuse.

Every election is a horse race - no one is counted out.
4/25/2014 11:09:19 AM
S Duncan says:
All her position would be based on all the welfare her party gave us. She wouldn't dare discuss the debt, scandals, and her plan for greater taxes.. would she?

Thankfully polls show McWynne getting the boot in Ontario, but woefully the Thunder Bay region is leaning orange, which will ensure our absence from a supporting blue government.

that's ok though, the next government will have to stop the welfare projects because at $11K provincial debt for every man, woman, and child in Ontario sooner or later we have to come back down to Earth.
4/24/2014 8:45:43 PM
Eastender says:
Anybody but the liberals, they must be punished for their transgressions. A lesson needs to be meted out. You cant just abuse your powers, disrespect your constituents, and blow billions of dollars and expect to get re-elected again.
4/25/2014 8:47:34 PM
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