May 15, 2013
By Jane Brown
Ontario’s premier says she’s pleased to be meeting today with NDP leader Andrea Horwath over the New Democrats’ budget concerns. Kathleen Wynne says she has actually been trying to meet with Horwath for the past month and a half, but that request has not been fulfilled until now. Premier Wynne told TVO’s The Agenda last night, she realizes the New Democrats have a new set of requests, “I’m not going to deal with them one on one, I mean, one at a time. I need to have a conversation with her. I need to sit down with her and we need to talk about what’s the end game here. How do we get some agreement on where we’re going to go.” Wynne’s minority Liberals require the support of the NDP in the legislature in order to pass the budget and avoid a provincial election.
Premier Wynne also apologized for the first time for the fallout from the gas plant cancellations. “I’m very sorry about the mistakes that we made. We made mistakes. Our government made mistakes. Things happened that shouldn’t have happened. And they happened in a way that they shouldn’t have happened. And I am, I’m very sorry for that.” In fact, Wynne said sorry no less than 11 times. The Premier has previously said she regretted the cost of the gas plants, which was more than double what the governing Liberals had claimed.