By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Wednesday, September 18, 2013
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath: Time for Liberals to deliver on budget promises
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is demanding the minority Liberal government make more progress this fall on budget pledges like lower auto insurance rates, but didn’t set a deadline for withdrawing support.
Horwath emerged from a half-hour meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne late Monday afternoon concerned she is not moving fast enough on NDP-inspired measures such as shorter home-care waits and more jobs for youth.
“The fall session is the time for her to start making good on those promises. I don’t know that I got a response that makes me comfortable,” she told reporters.
“It’s easy to make promises. The real question is can you keep them. And we’ve seen not such a great track record from Liberals . . . . I let her know that. I don’t want to hear excuses.”
Wynne requested the meeting and a similar one last week with Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak in a bid to find “common ground” on stalled legislation such as a ban on children under 18 using tanning beds and an act promoting local foods.
Without co-operation, the premier threatened to pull the plug on the minority parliament and call a snap election this fall. The legislature has passed only one piece of major legislation since Wynne became premier last February — the spring budget, backed by the NDP. (Source: The Toronto Star)