Andrea Horwath, leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, has launched a 1-855 hotline number and website in order for taxpayers to have a say on Premier Dalton McGuinty's budget, which was released this week.
Ontario voters may head to the polls later this spring if the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats do not support Premier Dalton McGuinty and his minority Liberal government’s proposed budget.
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak speaking with PC candidate Kevin Gaudet outside of campaign bus.
But NDP leader Andrea Horwath is not quick to vote against the budget until she hears from the taxpayers in this province. The NDP has launched a telephone number and website for you to give your opinion and thoughts as to whether or not they should bring down the government over this budget.
“We have been clear that in order for this provincial budget to be acceptable, it needs to work for everyday people,” stated Horwath in a press release. “Last October, Ontarians voted for positive change. In this minority government, New Democrats are taking this budget very seriously.”
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, alongside Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne, speaking at Home Specialties during a media event in Toronto's Leaside area.
“This provincial budget will have real impacts on the lives of everyday Ontarians. That’s why it’s essential we ask them if this is the sort of budget that puts their interests first or if they want an election,” added the Ontario NDP leader, who gained seven seats in last year’s provincial election. “We need to know if this is a budget that people can live with, and what kinds of changes they would need to see.”
Members of Provincial Parliament are expected to vote on the budget and any proposed amendments.
In his remarks at Queen’s Park, PC leader Tim Hudak said that he is “ready to do my part, but not with this budget.”
If both opposition parties vote down the budget, a provincial election will be called as early as May. Premier Dalton McGuinty has urged citizens to tune out the “political chatter” about his rivals defeating his government.