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2014-05-25 at 19:12

Wynne, Horwath set for Northern Leaders' Debate

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By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Kathleen Wynne spent more time focused on the counterpart she won’t be debating, rather than the one that will join her on stage Monday.

The Liberal Leader was scathing in her opinion of Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s decision to decline an invitation to the Northern Leaders’ Debate.

“It’s inexplicable to me that he’s not here,” Wynne said in a media scrum on Sunday following the unveiling of her party’s campaign platform in Thunder Bay.

“It would have never occurred to me to not come to the northern debate. In fact, I called for the debate because I think it’s so important.”

With Hudak absent, that will make Monday’s forum a two-person debate between Wynne and New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath.

Wynne had issued a challenge in the week before her make-or-break spring budget was tabled, telling a Northern Ontario Municipal Association meeting in Fort Frances she was challenging the other leaders to a debate on Northern issues if an election was called.

Both of the opposition leaders at the time accepted the challenge.

Horwath responded by telling Wynne she would be present “anytime, anywhere.”

Instead, a statement issued by the PCs says NOMA selected a date without ensuring it fit the schedule of all parties.

The Liberal leader was reminded by media that her predecessor, then-Premier Dalton McGuinty, skipped a similar opportunity during the last election. Horwath and Hudak went one-on-one in that debate.

“I wasn’t the Premier in 2011. I’m here, telling you that it would never occur to me to not take part in a northern debate,” she said.

The debate can be live streamed online and Twitter users can follow along on @tbnewswatch and join in the conversation by using the #NLDebate hashtag.

The one hour debate is scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m. on Monday.

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dynamiter says:
Can add a question to the debate? Why does it take 8 hours for the Highway to be reopened after a fatality as has just happened in Dryden and has happened on way too many other instances elsewhere in Northern Ontario? We have so much technology at our disposal from cell phone video and picts to cheap great cameras to Satellite imagery selection to video on demand to a central site through a Police vehicles laptop. It would be a minor inconvenience in Southern Ontario via a short diversion around an accident but in the North hundreds of transports and cars are sitting idling and contributing to CO2 emissions and wasted time and money. There has got to be a better way to ensure that the accident is properly investigated for the families and the wreckage safely and quickly cleaned up.
5/25/2014 8:49:41 PM
SomeGuy says:
What a terrible time for a debate. Really lunch time on a Monday? If this debate meant anything it would be on primetime and be shown on TV.
5/25/2014 9:32:00 PM
jonthunder says:
Is Wynne saying it was "inexplicable" for Dalton McGuinty to have not attended to last election northern debate? At least Hudak asked for an alternative date, and others refused to consider such - why?
The Ontario economy and finances/debt have become a disaster under this Liberal government. It is time to give someone else a kick at the can.
5/26/2014 7:34:52 AM
rapaul76 says:
Who cares! It's all empty talk with the sole purpose of getting a party elected. Canadian politics has become a cesspool of corruption and lies and this "debate" won't change anything!
5/26/2014 8:05:28 AM
dynamiter says:
I would like to pose 2 questions for these leaders to answer. Firstly in the recent news releases there are many out of country medical bills being rejected by big bank insurance companies for totally unrelated pre-existing conditions ( most of which would not have meant that the insurance would have been denied or premiums would have increased). Will any party pass a bill to stop this immoral abuse of power or at least ensure that this industry sets up an independent review board for such claims. Secondly will somebody investigate why the major highways are closed for such a long period of time while investigating major incidents? With all the modern technology at our disposal one would think that every angle could be videod and measured and that the highways put back into operation especially in Northern Ontario where there are no alternative routes.
5/26/2014 9:33:39 AM
pc says:
I have one question for both leaders.
Will you fund the drug that will save a young girls life. She is on it already and now tests free of Cystic Fibrosis. Without it she will die a painful death. She will literally suffocate.
Mr. Hudak has said he will fund the drug.
So what is the answer from Wynne especially but also Horwath?
5/26/2014 10:48:27 AM
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