Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Liberals in Simcoe County and Muskoka react to Wynne's concession

Ontario Steelworkers endorse Andrea Horwath and the NDP Kathleen Wynne says she won’t be Ontario premier, urges voters to ensure an NDP or PC minority government
Ben Pena | 05 June, 2018, 03:00

As party leader and subsequently Premier, Wynne quickly set about shifting Liberal policies and ideology firmly to the left.

Ford repeatedly promised to bring forward a costed platform before the June 7 vote and faced increasing criticism for not doing so earlier in the campaign, with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne deeming it disrespectful to voters. "People worry that the NDP will raise taxes on small businesses, that they will push job creation lower", the premier said in her remarks. As for regrets, Wynne said: "I wish I could have figured out how to make it clearer to people that I do care, that I want their lives to be better - because I think part of the antipathy, part of the reason that people don't like me - those who don't like me - is that they don't know that I actually do care about them".

Following the announcement on Thursday, Horwath said Ontario steel workers were "dealt a direct blow" from the Trump administration while attacking Wynne's credibility of protecting workers.

But she says that change can not be a majority government for Conservative Doug Ford or the NDP's Andrea Horwath.

Wynne said Ontario has developed one of the strongest economies in North America under a Liberal government that worked with employees, business leaders, and political leaders on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

The announcement came as a surprise to numerous party's local candidates, many of whom said they learned about her comments from news reports and social media.

Meantime, Horwath is urging people not to vote for the Liberals, saying it won't lead to a minority government but rather will lead to a Progressive Conservative majority.

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The strategic voting pitch comes as polls suggest Ontario's next premier will either be Horwath or Ford.

Kathleen Wynne, who is days away from a provincial election, said Friday that her Liberals would provide support equal to "half the hardship" incurred as a result of the tariffs, and called on the federal government to cover the other half.

The move did not sit well with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who accused Wynne of "playing a risky game" that could propel the Tories to a majority.

Wynne wouldn't say whether she'll stay on as party leader after the election, but stressed she would keep fighting for her slate in the last days of the campaign. He told reporters his attention is only on winning government, saying his party is taking nothing for granted.

"They're going to be choosing a person to lead them who will be in some very tricky, very delicate negotiations with USA officials", Wynne said. "People want clean lakes, they want clean rivers, they want clean air and we're going to make sure that we deliver that". And I will fight for them. The NDP leader has been pushing for Liberal voters to join them to stop a Ford win.

If her party was to make a late surge and hold on to some of its seats, she could ask that the legislature be called into session and could attempt to make an agreement with the NDP (or less likely, the PCs) to hold onto office.

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