Ontario Liberals call two byelections

Ont. Premier Kathleen Wynne visits the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus of Niagara College on December...

Ont. Premier Kathleen Wynne visits the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus of Niagara College on December 16, 2013. (Julie Jocsak/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

TORONTO — Premier Kathleen Wynne has called byelections for Feb. 13 in Thornhill and Niagara Falls.

Voters in those communities will get a chance to tell provincial politicians what they’re thinking ahead of an anticipated spring provincial election.

Before the writ even dropped, opposition parties were accusing the Liberals of buy-election politics with the announcement this week of a new hospital for the Niagara region.

Wynne was at a downtown Toronto LCBO store Wednesday morning for an Ontario grape harvest event — a topic important to the Niagara region as well.

The riding of Niagara Falls became vacant after Liberal MPP Kim Craitor resigned.

Thornhill MPP Peter Shurman stepped down after a very public dispute with PC Leader Tim Hudak.


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