Saturday, February 15, 2014

Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, February 15, 2014

Wynne, Horwath downplay election talk following Tory, NDP byelection wins

Premier Kathleen Wynne is in no hurry for a spring election after the Liberals lost big in byelections in Niagara Falls and Thornhill on Thursday.

Wynne says she doesn’t know when there will be a general election, and insists the Liberals will stick with the plan to introduce a budget this spring and keep the minority government alive.

She also says people cannot extrapolate the byelection results to determine what will happen in a general election.

Despite the NDP’s big win in Niagara Falls, leader Andrea Horwath still won’t say if she’ll stop supporting the minority government and trigger a spring election.

Horwath says the byelections results sent a clear message that people are not happy with the Liberals, but adds she is not focused on a possible election.

Meanwhile, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak blames “union elites” for his party’s loss to the New Democrats in Niagara Falls, which had been Liberal for a decade.

Hudak says the Tories were in a “David and Goliath” battle against hundreds of paid union activists who flooded Niagara Falls in support of the NDP.

He says the Conservatives would have taken the riding if it had been a level playing field. (Source: Hamilton Spectator)