Horwath turns tables by making pitch for Liberal voters

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, standing in front of a Jack Layton statue at the Toronto ferry...

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, standing in front of a Jack Layton statue at the Toronto ferry terminal Monday, said he fought Liberal corruption his whole career. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne doesn’t know Jack, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath dismissed the accusation from Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne that she has abandoned the principles of the party led by Jack Layton and Stephen Lewis and that NDP voters would be more at home voting Liberal.

“Ms Wynne likes to talk a lot about great NDP leaders but I can tell you... Jack Layton that she talks about fought Liberal corruption all his life, he fought Liberal entitlement,” Horwath said. “And that’s what the Liberals want you to forget, they want you to forget about their corruption they want you to forget about the billions of dollars of your money that they wasted.”

One day after Wynne compared Horwath’s pocketbook-friendly platform to a “Rob Ford-like” agenda, Horwath held a media event in front of Layton’s statue in front of the Toronto ferry terminal named in his honour.

Horwath made her own pitch for Liberal voters who might be disenfranchised to vote NDP on Thursday.

“If you’re a former Liberal voter, you do not have to support corruption. You can actually vote NDP this time. If you’re a former Tory voter and you don’t like Mr. Hudak, you can’t stomach him or his plans, then you can vote NDP this time," Horwath said.

Wynne launched an advertising campaign Sunday that deliberated targeted NDP voters, urging them to cast their ballots for a Liberal this time around to block a possible PC government under Tim Hudak.

“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 they when the NDP came up with a Rob Ford-like platform, a platform that doesn’t even mention pensions?” Wynne told a Mississauga rally Sunday.

Asked about a possible coalition government, Horwath said she intends to wait to hear from the voters first.

“But I can tell you for sure, I will not support 100,000 families being kicked to the curb and I will not support corrupt Liberals,” Horwath said.

Hudak has pledged to cut the broader public sector payroll by 100,000 positions.

At a campaign event in Cambridge Monday morning, Wynne said Hudak’s plan would cut 22,000 positions from the education system.

Horwath’s plan is simply “incoherent,” she said.

Wynne said the opposition is attacking her integrity because they don’t want to talk about their own plans or lack of plans.

“It turns into mudslinging,” said Wynne, who has been continously criticized for the cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.


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