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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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gotta ask says:
The Liberals are ALL pro BSL..... Punish the bad owners, not an entire breed of dogs..... End Breed Specific Legislation NOW !!!
5/3/2014 1:45:33 AM
portland39 says:
omg a vote for the NDP proves how backwards this city is. Have they ever done anything good for anyone / provide anything constructive that doesn't involve heavily taxing businesses who support the economy. It's no wonder the only places that vote or them are those that can't fend for themselves... Thunder Bay, Hamilton ... and Quebec.
5/2/2014 11:21:17 PM
Idontknowitall says:
Pretty much a 'no win' situation for Ontario.
5/2/2014 9:56:33 PM
captain says:
so Ms. Howarth lied to Ontario. She stated that she was going to take some time to think about the budget. She was going to check with the people of Ontario before she decided if she would support the budget.

She then avoids the budget and makes no comment on it that day in order to get more media coverage.

She consulted no one. Her mind was made up in advance.

be forthright and honest about it instead of misleading everyone.

And the media roasted her, correctly pointing out that she voted against things she wanted.

The gas plant issue was around last year when she supported the Liberals. So what changed besides a budget that almost every media outlet supports. That most labour supporters that the NDP count on, support the budget, and that was obviously designed to show great support for the north.

When she says she cares about the north, will our local media call her on it. I would hope so. Politics not jobs or the province is what is driving the NDP bus
5/2/2014 9:00:17 PM
anvil of crom says:
last time the ndp were in power it was a wash...is their a better way ...or just the same crap.....
5/2/2014 7:52:26 PM
unknowncronik says:
hahahahahha!!! wave bye-bye to the liberals
5/2/2014 7:49:36 PM
lori says:
I am not going to change anyone's mind, nor will anyone change mine, but I will at least challenge the hypocrisy and falsehoods.

The NDP gov't tore up contracts. They trained fewer doctors. The raised hydro by 40%. Were they good.

Mike Harris promised me common sense and I voted for him the first time. Did we get that. We got wars in schools, he wanted to privatize hydro and jails, he fired nurses, trained less doctors and ignored everything north of North Bay. He sold gov't bdg's and the 407 toll to tory cronies for ten cents on the dollar. Did he do better.

Mcguinty had faults for sure, but I live in T.Bay, not Toronto. I want to know what someone did for me. That is their job.

When someone shows me who has been better than Gravelle or Mauro, you will have my attention. On the same day the election is called, John Rafferty puts out a flier. Another coincidence by the NDP.

Even if Hudak wins, I hope the NDP are decimated. That would make me smile from ear to ear.
5/2/2014 5:57:08 PM
Shane Caker says:
Maybe it's just me, but I find it mind boggling on how you keep cheerleading for the party that keeps spending and spending and throwing money out the window that we don't have. I take it that you don't have children or grandchildren that will be saddled with this debt?
5/2/2014 11:20:20 PM
pc says:
we got wars in schools because he said he was going to cut spending and the teachers didn't like that they were not using the province as their own personal ATM.
How can Mr. Harris not train drs. They go to university to start their training and then medical school. They don't need a note from the premier saying they can or can't continue.
Maybe if he had privatized hydro I would not have bills almost twice as much now as they were then.
Hospital fired nurses not Mike Harris. He said get rid of the fluff at the top and hospital administrators did what they wanted and got rid of the front line workers.
Mike Harris was honest. He told people of Ontario what he was going to do if elected and he did it.
I have had hard core libs say Mike was a son of a (gun) but he was an honest son of a (gun).
I also know of 3 women who were on welfare before mike and they got off of welfare and got jobs. That is small town NW Ont.
This lib. party has run Ont. on the fast track to bankruptcy.
5/3/2014 10:13:20 AM
tiredofbull$ says:
How does Kathleen Wynne even have the nerve to say=
Wynne says it's a choice between Liberal "safe hands or risky tactics" of the opposition parties.

What about the liberals and their gas plant scandals, the ornge fiasco and so on that have wasted a few billion dollars in backroom deals. And the biggest thing is how the province of Ontario's debt has doubled from $130 billion to over $260 billion in the 10 years that the Liberals have been in power. What has gotten better since 2003 to have the debt double like that, certainly not healthcare (gridlocks, certain procedures cut, etc.), not education (kids can barely spell or do math anymore), not our highways (look at the condition of roads that were just repaved and already falling apart), etc.. Time to give someone else a chance because these liberals have already had 10+ years to fix things up but instead only made it worse.
5/2/2014 5:14:27 PM
cm punk says:
Someone should take a picture of Horwath after the election.
Something tells me she will not be smiling.
5/2/2014 4:48:30 PM
TheGodFather says:
Remember when you go to the polls on June 12th!

1. The healthcare premium introduced by McGuinty. He promised not to raise taxes and did.

2. McGuinity delisting OHIP such as chiropractic and optometrist.

3. The E-Health scandal. Do I even need to remind you?

4. The Slush fund scandal. When he gave 32 million to Liberal friendly groups.

5. OLG Scandal - Insider wins and rampant corruption

Should I go on?

Look at the gas plant they refitted. 100 million. Now it's scrapped.

When you purchase something, look at your receipt. When you see "HST" you can thank the Liberals for that.

The NDP are the only ones that have a plan for the North. They want to have sustainability in the Ring of Fire.

Tim Hudak is no different than Mike Harris back in the day.

Just remember, anything but Liberal!
5/2/2014 4:27:56 PM
tbaynorth says:
While I don't disagree... just remember too:

1. Hudak wants to privatize the LCBO which brings in over $1 billion to Ontario coffers which translates to less taxpayer money needed rather than lining a shareholder's pockets.

2. He also wants to sell Hydro One which pays dividends to the province to the tune of over $300 million.

3. Hudak has stepped up with plans and then backs down on them which seems that he does not have a clear plan that works for us or the backbone to follow through.

I can't say much about the NDP other than that they have supported the Liberals the past few years, but what other options did we have?

Can't wait to see their platform and hope it isn't a flop or else we have no choice but to choose Liberals.
5/2/2014 9:17:29 PM
curmudgeon says:

The NDP have messed up every province they have governed. Remember Rae days?
The Cons gave us Mike Harris and wasn't he a real treat.
The Liberals have given us a new hospital, a medical school, two-laned highways, a law school, a billion for the ROF and on and on.

Only a fool would elect an incompetent, inexperienced NDP or a Con mouthpiece [self-admitted]like Hudak. Give your head a shake GF!
5/2/2014 9:29:47 PM
tiredofbull$ says:
Its a good thing you mentioned Bob Rae and Rae day's, if you really think about, where did his heart lie and which party did he end up with? LIBERALS, so he truly was another Liberal just like the rest of the Liberals who have messed this country and province up and thats what he did as a Liberal at heart. Not the NDP.
5/3/2014 12:20:04 AM
outside looking in says:
It is easy to spend money we don,t have. Ontario is almost bankrupt now. When does the spending stop and how are we going to keep on trying to keep everyone happy. We are overtaxed now.
5/3/2014 11:45:04 AM
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