Kathleen Wynne accuses Andrea Horwath of ‘unprincipled’ stand over possible Tory coalition
Voting New Democrat could result in a coalition government led by the Progressive Conservatives, Premier Kathleen Wynne said on Saturday, even though the Tories have shot down the concept of teaming up with another party.
Wynne accused NDP Leader Andrea Horwath of betraying her party’s long-standing commitment to social justice by refusing to rule out propping up Tim Hudak’s Conservatives if a minority government results after June 12.
Wynne also contrasted the priorities of New Democrat icons with Hudak’s plan to slash spending and cut 100,000 public-sector jobs to balance the budget.
“It is shocking that the party of Jack Layton and Stephen Lewis — the party that has traditionally supported social programs, the party that should have supported our budget — would be thinking about supporting Tim Hudak,” Wynne said at a rally.
“Andrea Horwath’s NDP is a party that used to have principles. It used to stand for something.”
Horwath has taken an “unprincipled stance” by not ruling out supporting the Tories in a minority government, Wynne said.
“A vote right now for Andrea Horwath might be a vote for Tim Hudak. But a vote for Kathleen Wynne is a vote for Kathleen Wynne.”
So far, Horwath has only said she’ll deal with the election outcome after the votes are in. In recent days, she has stepped up her attacks on Wynne by calling the Liberals “rife with corruption.”
In a statement released Saturday afternoon, Horwath said Wynne was grasping at straws.
“I have to say Ms. Wynne is in La-La land. She needs a bit of a reality check if she thinks New Democrats are going to allow her to sweep Liberal corruption under the rug in the province of Ontario. Ontarians deserve much, much better than that.
“And they certainly do not want to see a Hudak regime take over that’s going to fire hundreds of thousands of people in some strange attempt to create jobs. That math does not work out.” (Source: Toronto Star)
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