Wynne says Horwath betraying her NDP roots

Premier Kathleen Wynne jogs to Liberal youth rally Saturday May 31, 2014. Wynne criticized NDP...

Premier Kathleen Wynne jogs to Liberal youth rally Saturday May 31, 2014. Wynne criticized NDP Leader Andrea Horwath's apparent openness to supporting a minority PC government. (Toronto Sun/Antonella Artuso)

Antonella Artuso and Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:34 PM ET

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne says she is “shocked” that NDP Leader Andrea Horwath would consider leaving the porch light on for the Progressive Conservatives.

The party of Jack Layton and Stephen Lewis should not be thinking about propping up a minority PC government, Wynne said Saturday at a Toronto rally of young Liberals.

“This is outrageous,” Wynne said. “A vote right now for Andrea Horwath might be a vote for Tim Hudak, but a vote for Kathleen Wynne is a vote for Kathleen Wynne.”

With polls showing the PCs and Liberals in a near statistical tie heading into the June 12 vote, leaders from the three major political parties are being peppered with questions about a possible coalition to keep a minority government afloat.

On Friday, PC Leader Tim Hudak said he’s not interested in teaming up with another party to govern.

But Horwath refused to shut the door completely on the possibility that the NDP could work with the PCs to avoid a snap election call.

“I want to be clear,” Horwath said Saturday, when pressed on the issue again. “I’m running to be the premier of this province. What I can tell you is I would never support any plan that fires 100,000 hard-working people in this province.”

Hudak has said he would cut the broader public sector payroll by 100,000 positions over four years to reduce the size of government and help balance the books.

Wynne said Hudak “would turn the clock back,” something that should be of great concern to a party like the NDP which has traditionally supported social programs.

The Liberal leader has not ruled out working with the NDP to stay in power, as she has since entering the Premier’s office last year,

“What I’ve said is that the party that wins the most seats has the right to form government,” she said. “I have worked with the other parties in the legislature. We have worked to get legislation passed ... and I will continue to work in whatever configuration the people of Ontario decide.”


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