Ontario Election: One Year Later
Exactly one year ago today, Ontarians headed to the polls and handed Dalton McGuinty a Liberal minority government.
And after much push and pull with the opposition, the premier seems pretty certain he will be in office for the full term.
McGuinty says that's how long he has to fulfill election promises made in the October 2011 campaign. However, he notes working with opposition parties is key. Some promises hanging in limbo include GO train refunds if they're not on time and a tax credit for companies who hire immigrants.
The Premier points to the province's $13 billion deficit as a top priority.
Meantime, the opposition NDP and Tories say it's up to the premier himself on if he will survive a full term.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath says her job is to push the minority Liberals in a direction that residents tell her to, underling they say healthcare and jobs are top priorities.
PC Economic Development critic Monte McNaughton says the Tories have been throwing their ideas into the ring all year, pointing specifically to a stronger public sector wage-freeze proposal he hopes will get incorporated into the Liberals upcoming bill.