Wynne says won't try to cling to power
VAUGHAN, Ont. - Premier Kathleen Wynne says she would not try to strike a deal to hang on to power if either of the other parties win the most seats in the June 12 Ontario election but fall short of a majority.
Wynne previously refused to rule out teaming up with the New Democrats to block the Progressive Conservatives from forming government if they should win the most seats but not a plurality.
But at a campaign stop in Vaughan today, the Liberal leader closed the door on speculation she would try to hang on to power by striking a deal with the NDP.
Wynne told reporters that whichever party wins the most seats deserves to form government.
She also promised a re-elected Liberal government would bring back the Ontario legislature within 20 days after the election and re-introduce the budget that triggered the vote.
Wynne also lashed out at PC Leader Tim Hudak for vowing to resign as premier if, once elected, he can't keep all his campaign promises, including cutting 100,000 public-sector jobs to help balance the budget.
She said Hudak was offering a money-back guarantee, but wondered if those who are thrown out of work would get "a jobs-back guarantee."
Hudak can't "govern by gimmick," Wynne said.
The election was called after both opposition parties panned the May 1 budget, raising the possibility Ontario quickly could be plunged into another $90-million election if the Liberals form another minority government.
Asked if she would table the same $130.4-billion spending plan — which would hike Ontario's deficit to $12.5 billion — even if it means triggering another election, Wynne dismissed it as a "hypothetical question."
"That will be up to the people who are sitting in the legislature," she said. "But if we are re-elected, we will have been re-elected on the plan that we have brought forward to the people of Ontario, and that's the plan that we'll be ready to implement."