New Liberal ad blames Horwath for potential Tory win

Ontario Finance Minister and Mississauga South Liberal candidate Charles Sousa unveils a new ad...

Ontario Finance Minister and Mississauga South Liberal candidate Charles Sousa unveils a new ad that targets NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on May 10 2014. Due to an advertising blackout, the ad will appear only on the web until May 21 when it can legally be aired on television. Sousa says he's perplexed why Horwath would force an election over his budget. (Antonella Artuso/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 6:58 PM ET

TORONTO — NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s refusal to support Premier Kathleen Wynne’s budget has created an opportunity for a “smirking” Tim Hudak to form a PC government, Liberal Finance Minister Charles Sousa says.

Sousa unveiled a new party ad Saturday that attacks Horwath, not Hudak, and blames her for rejecting the Liberals’ “positive” budget and forcing a provincial election.

“Andrea Horwath’s decision also raised the prospect of a radical Hudak government in Ontario,” Sousa said. “So the question is, ‘Is Andrea Horwath for real?’”

A media blackout means the Liberals cannot run their ad on television until May 21, but there is no law in place to bar them from putting it on the web or showing it to media.

Campaigning in Brampton, Ont. Saturday, Horwath said Ontarians know the NDP has worked hard to listen to them and to bring their concerns to Queen’s Park over the past few years.

“What I think is not real is a budget that promises 70 new plans, new initiatives when the government couldn’t even get three basic ones done from last year,” she said, referring to NDP demands for more seniors’ home care, lower auto insurance rates and the creation of a financial accountability office.

Although polls suggest that Hudak is Wynne’s main opponent, the ad appears to target NDP supporters who may be willing to vote Liberal strategically to keep a Progressive Conservative out of the premier’s office.

“The adversary is, in fact, both. And they’re adversarial to the well-being of the province,” Sousa said, when asked why the ad goes after Horwath instead of Hudak.

Horwath told reporters earlier that she could no longer trust the Liberals or vote for one of their budgets in part because of the $1.1 billion gas plants scandal and OPP allegations that public records were destroyed in the office of the premier.


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