Ont. premier fends off triple attack from feds

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. (QMI files)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. (QMI files)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne spent the first full day of the provincial election campaign fending off attacks from the federal government instead of her provincial opponents.

Within the first 24 hours of the election call, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and two of his top ministers criticized Wynne’s government over pensions, finance and natural resources.

“If the federal government wants to be part of this (election) campaign, I need to protect Ontario,” Wynne said Saturday in Toronto.

On Friday, Harper criticized Wynne’s budget proposal to create a provincial pension plan, which would force Ontarians without an existing plan to contribute out of their paycheques.

Harper said the proposal is a tax and it won’t be popular with voters.

“If Prime Minister Harper isn’t interested in partnering with us (on pensions) he should move out of the way,” Wynne said.

 


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