Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday May 15, 2018
Ontario NDP platform contains $3B miscalculation, Liberals claim
Ontario’s governing Liberals claimed to have found a costing error Monday in the NDP election platform, marking yet another attack on the third party that’s been gaining momentum, while the New Democratic leader ruled out the possibility of a coalition.
Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne said just because the two parties have similar values, doesn’t mean she won’t ask questions about their platform.
“I think that there’s a strong consensus emerging that (Progressive Conservative Leader) Doug Ford does not have the path forward for the people of the province,” Wynne said. “So that means that we have to have the same degree of scrutiny applied to all of our plans. That’s what this is about.”
The NDP countered that the figures in their platform were accurate.
Liberal attacks on the NDP have ramped up in recent days, as several polls suggest the Progressive Conservatives have the most support ahead of the June 7 vote, and the Liberals are lagging behind the New Democrats.
The two left-leaning leaders were asked over the weekend about the possibility of forming a coalition government if the Tories win a minority.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Monday there is no way she would join forces with the Liberals – appearing to go further than when she was asked Sunday about the possibility. (Source: Global News)