Ontario Election Called For June 12
Horwath's Refusal To Support Liberal
Budget Triggers Election
By Susanna Kelley
Ontario is going to the polls for a provincial election June 12.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath announced early Friday she will no longer support the Liberal minority government and that NDP MPPs intended to vote against the budget.
"We will no longer support this government. We have no confidence in this government to deliver" on budget promises since it did not follow through on pledges involving home care and a financial accountability office this year, Horwath said at a news conference at Queen's Park.
Rather than wait for the government to fall, Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Lieutenant Governor David Onley to ask that the Legislature be dissolved.
Ms. Wynne blamed both PC leader Tim Hudak and Ms. Horwath for the election call, saying it was inevitable since both indicated they would not support the Liberal minority government.
Ms. Horwath's statements confirmed ONW's report on April 21st that NDP insiders had decided to force an election.
A major factor is the fear that in many NDP-held ridings, the party's main competition is the Progressive Conservatives.
The insiders are concerned PC leader Tim Hudak would have been able to paint Horwath and the NDP as supporting a corrupt government.
That was because the OPP says it is considering laying charges against Dalton McGuinty's Chief of Staff David Livingston for his alleged part in wiping 24 computer hard drives of 24, some just days before Wynne was sworn in as Premier.
Reacting to the election call, Mr. Hudak accused the NDP of being hypocritical, noting they have supported the Liberals for two and a half years.
The PC leader said jobs will be the main issue for him in the campaign.
"I've got a laser-like focus on job creation," Mr. Hudak said, emphasizing what he calls his "Million Jobs Plan" for Ontario.
Ms. Wynne starts off the campaign with a rally in Toronto Friday night.