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2014-04-26 at 17:34

Horwath accepts challenge for Northern leaders' debate

By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- An official election call appears to be the last thing standing in the way of a provincial leaders’ debate in the north.

Both NDP leader Andrea Horwath and Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak say they would gladly accept a challenge issued by Premier Kathleen Wynne earlier this week to contest a campaign trail debate in Northern Ontario.

Appearing in the city to announce a plan to improve highway safety, Horwath said she believes the challenge is an attempt by Wynne to make voters forget the refusal of the Liberals to participate in a similar debate during the last election race.

Three years ago then-premier Dalton McGuinty declined an opportunity to take on his two opponents in Thunder Bay.

“It made me giggle when she issued the challenge. I just laughed,” Horwath told local media on Saturday.

“I have no qualms whatsoever about taking on the Premier and the Liberals on their poor, poor record in Northwestern Ontario and Northern Ontario overall.”

Hudak released a statement on Thursday shortly after the Premier issued her challenge, saying he doesn’t think there even needs to be an election for there to be merit to having a debate.

“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,” he stated.

The question of whether the axe will fall on the Wynne government is expected to be decided in the coming days, as the Liberals are scheduled to table their spring budget on May 1.

The Liberals, who hold 48 of the 107 seats in the provincial legislature, will need the backing of either party to survive the confidence motion that is tied to a budget.

When Wynne issued her challenge at the Northern Ontario Municipal Association meeting in Fort Frances earlier this week, she expressed hope her government could get the budget passed.

“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.

When asked, Horwath declined to show her hand and give any indication on whether the NDP will provide life support to the minority government, but had a scathing review for the party that has formed the Ontario government for the past 11 years.

“We have made a commitment to review that budget,” she said.

“We know that people are frustrated and angry with the waste of precious tax dollars. People are seeing this government waste money hand over fist.”

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unknowncronik says:
what a farce!
While southern Ontario is spending billions & billions on everything without question...

Come election time, our votes are the only thing they want from us, nothing more.

4/28/2014 11:46:23 AM
gremlin says:
lori, lori, lori:

You are sooooooooo clueless. Most of the construction currently happening in T/Bay (including your beloved Bombardier) is because of government spending of money that it doesn't have. Just as a reminder for you, Bombardier didn't "earn" the contract from "GO Transit". It was "given" to them by way of UNION INTIMIDATION OF OUR GOVERNMENT. Can you feel proud of that?

There is a day of "reckoning" coming because of irresponsible governments (all levels). Your "children & grand-children" will be left holding-the-bag because "we" let them do this.

As an "eye-opener" for you I can recommend looking up Stockton, Ca. bankruptcy as I did in the "over budget" story. That's where we are headed.

WAKE UP!!!!!

I'm only 1 vote but I know I will use it to do what I can to get rid of a LIEBERAL government that is beholding to "thugs" ie: UNIONS.

4/28/2014 9:57:43 AM
lori says:
pc, I am not against conservatives but I am against this leader. He scares the dickens out of me. As a minister he sent jobs from T.Bay to the south. He is saying the same old song about unions being bad giving no leeway that unions serve a purpose. He states unapologetically like you that private enterprise is the be all and end all, ignoring they have created the environmental disasters we face ( with our help ) and believes gov't is the problem. If this man is elected I have a very real fear that our incredible success story called Bombardier, will go back to where it was ten years ago, barely hanging on instead of thriving like it currently is.

I always thought this party blew it with John Tory, a person who I thought was a credible responsible leader despite the school funding issue. This guy is scary, the NDP is never for me. That leaves the Liberals and while I am not happy with them on a few things, there is no arguing what the two MPP's have done for us. Unprecedented success
4/27/2014 9:43:35 PM
pc says:
Lori, I do not know why Mr. Hudak would scare you. He is against public sector unions which are bankrupting Ont. with their demands which the liberals continue to cave into.
He listens to people and backed away from the opt out and still work in union held companies.
Where have I ever said private enterprise is the be all and end all.
I personally have never belonged to a union because I was never able to be in the work force long enough to join one. My husband has always been in the union except when the co. he worked for did not have one and then he was on the executive once one was in place.
They do have their role to play but they are driving jobs out of Ont. along with the Liberal government with high prices for energy.
When will you understand that Bombardier is a success for Ont. It is a success for TB but if Ontario goes bankrupt then there will be no Bombardier. It will be out of here so fast your head will spin.
This election should be about Ont. not just TB.
4/28/2014 9:36:54 AM
pc says:
"That leaves the Liberals and while I am not happy with them on a few things, there is no arguing what the two MPP's have done for us. Unprecedented success"

So Lori you are saying since you think Mr. Hudak is scary, and your MPP's are doing a wonderful job, that you would rather vote liberal in the election.
With all the wasted money spent on schemes that only profited Liberal friends and cost Ont billions.
Closing 2 gas plants to save a couple of ridings. Then deleting computer files to cover up the real costs.
Paying for a new program to keep all our medical files in one place, which still is not doing what it was supposed to do.
Paying for medical helicopters and planes that actually may have caused deaths due to not knowing how to schedule time off and repairs.
Not to mention the Samsung deal for wind turbines which do not work during peak hours and have no way to store the power so we pay the US to buy our power, while Ontario people pay for what we use.
Yup Hudak is scary.
4/28/2014 11:05:53 AM
pc says:
So where was the headline when Mr. Hudak accepted the challenge.
No wonder it is always being said he doesn't speak up. Newspapers just put in his acceptance as an after thought.
Maybe if what he says is reported more the NW would begin to see him as a good alternative.
4/27/2014 9:52:35 AM
S Duncan says:
Yes I too noticed the silence of the media on that one.

Hudak happily accepted the challenge but the media was too busy polishing the NDP and liberals shoes for them as usual, taking every opportunity to show their disdain for the party that thinks we should all of the freedom to think, do, and take care of ourselves.
4/27/2014 2:27:02 PM
Leith Dunick says:
Or how about this scenario:

Wynne made the announcement, which we covered. Horwath responded within the hour with an acceptance. Hudak sent one out the next morning and it was added to the story.

Then two days later Horwath happened to be in town, so we asked her about it, and re-included comments from both Hudak and Wynne.

When Mr. Hudak is in town next, he'll get the same consideration.
4/28/2014 8:53:10 AM
yqtyqt says:
Well done Leith.

When you get around to asking questions, please ask each where they intend on getting the money from to pay for their promises. If they say that they will generate the money by some scheme, ask them be specific. If they say they want to borrow the money, we all should be very, very concerned. All debts need to be repaid at some time. We already pay over a $1000 each every year on provincial credit card debt.

The second question is how they intend on digging Ontario out of the deep debt hole that we're in. There has to be some innovative & new thinking here. No more of the same old, same old policies of spend tax and borrow.
4/28/2014 9:17:16 AM
pc says:
Ok. Leith, I can accept that explanation. It is more the main stream media that I guess I was speaking about here.
Will learn to keep you separate from them.
Thanks for explaining.
4/28/2014 10:45:02 AM
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