Tuesday October 4, 2011

By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday October 4, 2011

McGuinty vows no coalitions in minority government

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has ruled out a Liberal coalition with either of his main rivals in the event no party wins a majority in Thursday’s election.

In a letter obtained on Sunday, McGuinty tells Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak that he won’t be making any deals to form a government.

“I am running to form a Liberal government — and only a Liberal government,” McGuinty says in the letter.

“There will be no coalition with either your party or the NDP.”

The latest polls indicate the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives in a dead heat, raising the prospect of a minority government in Ontario for the first time in 26 years, with the NDP under Andrea Horwath as kingmaker.

In his letter, McGuinty says his opponents are using talk of a minority as political ammunition.

“Over the course of the weekend, you and Ms. Horwath have turned away from promoting your individual platforms and have engaged instead in trying to leverage political advantage through minority government speculation,” McGuinty says.

Hudak has been accusing McGuinty of planning “backroom deals” with the New Democrats.

Earlier Sunday, he warned that Ontario could end up with a minority government coalition in which the Liberals and NDP would work together to hike taxes.

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