Wynne strikes back at Pupatello claims

Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Kathleen Wynne addresses the Toronto Board of Trade luncheon...

Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Kathleen Wynne addresses the Toronto Board of Trade luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Jonathan Jenkins, Queen's Park Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:51 PM ET

TORONTO - It’s starting to get gritty.

The so-far polite contest to replace Premier Dalton McGuinty took on a sharper tone Wednesday when Kathleen Wynne took issue with Sandra Pupatello’s claim she would be the best choice to defeat New Democrat Andrea Horwath and Progressive Conservative Tim Hudak in the next election.

“I’m going to reach out to Tim and Andrea and we’re going to work together,” Wynne said after a speech to the Toronto Board of Trade.

“And then when that stops working, then I’m going to beat them.”

Wynne also dismissed a frequent theme of the Pupatello campaign that her Windsor roots make her more attuned to the province as a whole, while Wynne and the five other GTA candidates are “too Toronto.”

“This notion that somehow someone who is from a particular place in the province — whether it’s Toronto or anywhere else — can’t understand the province, really is nonsensical,” Wynne said. 


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