Wynne makes pitch for NDP voters

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne makes strong pitch to NDP voters at a Mississauga rally on Sunday,...

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne makes strong pitch to NDP voters at a Mississauga rally on Sunday, June 8, 2014 to hop on the Liberal wagon to defeat the Tim Hudak PCs. (Antonella Artuso/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 12:37 AM ET

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne made a pointed pitch for NDP voters Sunday, likening Andrea Horwath’s pocketbook election promises to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s political agenda.

Wynne told reporters that she fears PC Leader Tim Hudak and his “dangerous” plan for Ontario, and said voting NDP won’t stop him from gaining government.

“You can’t trust NDP MPPs to do the right thing,” Wynne said during a rally Sunday in Mississauga. “Where were your NDP MPPs when it came to voting for the most progressive budget in decades? Where were they when Andrea Horwath abandoned her party’s principles? Where were they when Andrea Horwath said she would not rule out supporting a Hudak government after the election.

“And where were they when the NDP came up with a Rob Ford-like platform, a platform that doesn’t even mention pensions?”

Ford ran on a Respect for Taxpayer platform that offered to save voters money by eliminating an extra vehicle registration fee paid by Torontonians.

Horwath has promised to eliminate the provincial portion of the HST from hydro bills, freeze post-secondary tuition and bring in a caregiver tax credit for people who take care of frail elderly or seriously ill family members in their home.

Numerous polls now show the Liberals and PCs in a statistical tie going into the final week of campaigning, and Wynne is attempting to bring as many of the anti-PC voters to her party as possible.

”What Andrea Horwath has put forward is an incoherent kind of list of disconnected ideas that tap into a kind of populist oversimplification of what public policy is and how you actually improve quality of life for people,” Wynne said.

In Toronto Sunday, Horwath responded that Ontarians don’t have to choose between a “corrupt” party like the Liberals or a “crazy” party like the PCs when voting Thursday.

“You don’t have to listen to someone who tells you how to vote and tells you how to think,” she said.

Wynne is trying to convince the supporters of five NDP MPPs in Toronto that Hudak is a threat in those ridings, which he clearly is not, Horwath said.

The NDP will fight for Torontonians by opposing jets at the Billy Bishop Airport and diesel trains through the northwest end of the city, she said.

On being compared to Ford, Horwath said she’s listened to Ontarians and her plan reflects their priorities, such as keeping down the cost of living.

“If everyday folks can’t make ends meet then it’s the obligation of government to pay attention to that,” she said. “I think Ms Wynne is trying to scare people’s votes.”

Horwath shrugged off polls showing her in third place, arguing that she’s hearing from Ontarians that they want change.

“The NDP have been gaining a great deal of momentum over the last couple of days,” she said.

Wynne said the election is a very close race between the Liberals and the Tories.

“If you have voted NDP or if you are thinking about voting NDP in this election, I want to talk to you,” she said.

Wynne also criticized the opposition parties for focusing on scandals, but denied she was making light of the gas plant controversy.

Both Horwath and Hudak focused Saturday on the issue, with the PC leader appearing before a stack of fake money to symbolize the $1 billion lost on the cancellation of the Oakville and Mississauga plants.

“What Tim Hudak and what Andrea Horwath are doing by trying to stir up controversy and distract from their plan or lack of plan is pure politics and it’s junk politics because it doesn’t focus on the issues, it doesn’t focus on the things that concern people every single day in their lives,” Wynne told said.

 


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