THUNDER BAY – This time the Ontario Liberals are in for a debate in the North.
Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne released a sttatement Sunday afternoon confirming she will participate in a northern leaders’ debate from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. on May 26 at the Valhalla Inn, hosted by the Northern Ontario Municipal Association, the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities and the Northeastern and Northwestern Associated Chambers of Commerce.
Prior to the minority government budget being rejected by the two opposition parties, Wynne challenged Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath to a debate if an election her called.
At the time, Hudak and Horwath both said they would welcome an opportunity to debate Wynne.
Horwath has lived up to her pledge of saying she would take on a debate “anytime, anywhere,” releasing a statement later Sunday confirming she will also be taking part.
During the 2011 campaign, then-Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty skipped a similar debate. Hudak and Horwath still debated one another.
Messages have been left with PC campaign officials in regards to Hudak's status for the debate. The party was given until 8 p.m. Sunday to accept, but have yet to confirm.
The public will be able to purchase tickets to the luncheon debate. Details will be forthcoming.