May 08, 2014
By Jane Brown
Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne has talked about Dalton McGuinty by name for the second day in a row. Wynne had not mentioned the former Premier’s name since well before the election campaign began. The $1.1 billion cancellation of gas fired power plants in Oakville and Mississauga before the 2011 election has dogged Wynne since she replaced McGuinty as premier in February of last year. On Tuesday, at a construction site for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Wynne said Dalton McGuinty “was absolutely committed to building transit.” She said, “I was his minister of transportation at the time we were getting this project going and I am very proud of the worlk that we have done.” Then last night, Wynne visited the riding in Ottawa which McGuinty used to represent. “He did so much for the residents of Ottawa South and so much for people across this province…and we owe him a debt of gratitude. And you know what, I’m very proud to have served as MPP and as a minister in the government of Dalton McGuinty.” Today, Wynne begins the day in Ottawa then moves on to Kingston.
It’s a significant day on the campaign for Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, who plans to reveal details of his one million jobs plan while at a stop in Vaughan. “I have no doubt that this will be a single issue campaign,” Hudak explained yesterday, “and my thoughts are with people who don’t have a job right now…but the Liberals and Kathleen Wynne, all they’re focused on is a half dozen Liberal MPPs and Liberal insiders to get them a job. Quite frankly, they don’t deserve it.”
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has spent the early days of the campaign saying that Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals need to be sidelined after ten years of scandals. Horwath also says the Liberals have over promised and under delivered. She will be in Niagara Falls and London today.