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article imageWill PC leader Tim Hudak trigger early Ont. election next year?

By Andrew Moran     Nov 21, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Will Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak pull the plug on Dalton McGuinty's governing Liberals? That's the talk that is going around Queen's Park as the 40th Ontario Legislature convenes.
In an email to supporters last week, Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak said he could trigger an election within one year if it is deemed necessary.
Following a meeting with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty where his ideas of a public sector wage freeze and reformed apprenticeship system were “shot down,” Hudak labelled the gathering as disappointing.
At a time when the provincial government’s $16 billion deficit was $1 billion higher than estimated, Hudak noted that “drastic cuts” must be made in order to start attacking the deficit and we must distinguish between the “nice to have” and “must have” services.
“We will not stop pushing for this important measure to reduce the size and cost of government — and Ontario’s ballooning $16-billion deficit,” wrote the Niagara West-Glanbrook Member of Provincial Parliament. “I thank you for all of your previous support, but I also encourage you to continue working hard so we will be ready to go into an election next year if necessary to restore Ontario as the economic leader in Canada.”
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A conservative insider told the Canadian Press that the email was just to inform his supporters that since the province has a minority government, an election could transpire at any time and that they must be ready.
Furthermore, it would be difficult for Hudak to trigger the election without the help of Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats, who have 17 seats. Horwath has also confirmed that she would not support any Tory legislation that would put forth a wage freeze.
The Tories, who hold 37 seats in the legislature, don’t agree with boosting corporate taxes as a stream of revenue.
The PCs and NDP do agree, though, on the removal of the HST on heating bills.
“It's something that I know Mr. McGuinty doesn't favour, but I did ask him to very seriously consider whether this can be amended to make it more palatable or whether there's something else he can bring to the table,” said the NDP leader.
Conservatives say they will support the NDP’s private members bill to eliminate eight percent from home heating bills.
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