Analysis: A Horwath-Wynne tag team bad for voters

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. (QMI Agency File Photos)

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. (QMI Agency File Photos)

Christina Blizzard, Queenfs Park Columnist

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

TORONTO „Ÿ Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday she's "not ruling anything out," when it comes to working with the NDP in a coalition government.

Wynne was asked to comment on that possibility at a campaign stop at a Catholic high school in Markham.

"I'm not ruling out anything except working as hard as I can over the next 16 days to make sure we get to Queen's Park so that we can implement our plan," she told reporters.

"I've demonstrated how I can work in a minority parliament," she said.

"That's how I will continue to work in a minority parliament if that's what the people of Ontario decide," she said.

Oh, great. Just what we need.

Another coalition of the willing „Ÿ two parties willing to rack up massive deficits and debts to stay in power.

How can Andrea Horwath continue to prop up the Liberals after she's slammed them as "corrupt," and told voters the Liberals can't be trusted with your tax dollars after scandals such as eHealth, Ornge and the cancellation of two gas plants „Ÿ at a cost of $1.1 billion?

Horwath was cool to the idea.

At a stop in a bakery, she told reporters she was "not going to pre-suppose or pre-judge," what voters want.

"There are still a couple of weeks left in this campaign and people have an important decision in front of them; they can decide to support a Liberal party that has broken promises, that has been mired in scandal, that has broken promises, that doesn't respect your dollar and has frankly worked in a way that is very corrupt.

"Or they can support a Hudak party that's really got a plan that doesn't make much sense at all," she said.

OK, but voters need to know ahead of time what they're voting for.

If they vote for Horwath because they can't hold their noses and vote for a Liberal party that's mired in scandals, will voters be pleased to find they're getting Wynne again „Ÿ courtesy of Horwath?

What happens if the Tories gets the most seats of the three parties „Ÿ but not enough to form a majority government?

They'll have to immediately bring in a budget „Ÿ which is unlikely to get the support of the Liberals or NDP.

If they lose that vote, we'll be back into an election in the fall.

I feel sorry for Lt.-Gov. David Onley. He's the guy who'll call the shots.

After the June 12 vote, Wynne, as premier, has to go to him and tell him either she can or cannot govern with the mandate she has received.

If the Tories have more seats than the Liberals but don't have the ability to govern for more than a couple of months, Onley could ask Wynne whether she can govern with the support of the NDP. But would that be fair?

It may all depend on the popular vote.

If the Tories get an overwhelmingly larger share of the popular vote, it would be difficult for Onley to allow the Liberals and the NDP to form a coalition.

And a coalition could be the death knell of the New Democrats. Look no farther than the U.K., where Nick Clegg and Lib-Dem party joined forces with the Conservatives to form a government. There's no upside for Clegg.

His party is blamed for all the bad things the Tories do and take no credit for the good.

My bet is there are constitutional experts huddling right now in Onleyfs suite trying to figure all this out.

The only redeeming feature in all this?

Onley has been a remarkably good lieutenant-governor. He's smart and fair and you can bet whatever path he takes will be in the best interests of the people of this province.

Hey, his term's up soon.

Why not him for premier?


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