Kathleen Wynne says she has 'formidable' task ahead

Ont. Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks in the government caucus room at Queen's Park on Tuesday. (DAVE...

Ont. Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks in the government caucus room at Queen's Park on Tuesday. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

TORONTO -- The Ontario Liberal government will move forward with a budget, investments in transportation infrastructure and balancing the books by 2017-18, Premier Kathleen Wynne says.

"I am not going to pretend that it's going to be easy. We have a formidable task ahead of us," Wynne told her new and returning MPPs Tuesday at their first caucus meeting since winning a majority government in last week's election.

"Most of you have said to me that a top priority is that we tackle those tough challenges and that we stay true to our commitments -- our fundamental commitment is to one Ontario."

The legislature will resume next month with a new cabinet, a throne speech and the re-introduction of the Liberal budget already rejected by opposition parties.

This time around, Wynne will not need support from either the NDP or the PCs to get her budget passed.

Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa, who served as Wynne's first finance minister, said the election was an opportunity to debate the budget and he expects that it will be brought back as presented in the spring.

"The premier has said that we ran on that plan and that's the plan that we're going to deliver," he said.


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