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article imageOntario election called for June 12

By Jordan Simmons     May 2, 2014 in Politics
Toronto - It's election season again in Ontario. Voters will be heading to the polls on June 12, after NDP Leader Andrea Horwath declared her party would vote against the budget tabled yesterday by the minority Liberal government.
Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne today called a provincial election for June 12, after asking Lt.-Gov. David Onley to dissolve the Legislature. She criticized the NDP for making "pie in the sky promises" and declared “the people of Ontario have a choice between safe hands and risky tactics...now is not the time for pipe dreams” This will be Wynne's first election campaign since succeeding Dalton McGuinty as Premier last year.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced earlier today her party could not support the Liberal budget she calls "a mad dash to escape the scandals by promising the moon and the stars." Horwath went on to say she "cannot in good conscience support a government that people don’t trust anymore."
Progressive Conservative and Official Opposition Leader Tim Hudak has been gunning for an election since his party's defeat in 2011. Today Hudak promoted his "million jobs plan" and made his case for a Tory government. “If you are looking for someone who is running a popularity contest by promising funding on all kinds of projects but they don’t have the cheques to cash in, then vote for the NDP or Liberal leader,” Hudak said Friday. “But if you want someone with a turnaround plan to get Ontario working again, look at me, look at my team.”
Wynne's tenure as Premier has been marked by ongoing controversy and opposition attacks surrounding the cancellation of two gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga, Ontario. Former Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty resigned under a cloud of accusations that the gas plant contracts were scrapped as a political ploy to save suburban seats in the 2011 provincial election.
Despite the controversies, Wynne and the governing Liberals have continued to lead in recent public opinion polls. A recent EKOS poll showed the Liberals' support at 35%, a small lead over the opposition Progressive Conservatives at 32%, with the NDP trailing behind at 22%.
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