WATCH: Horwath gearing up for possible spring election

The NDP leader sits down with Newstalk 1010

She helped keep the minority Liberal government alive by supporting the spring budget, but now NDP leader Andrea Horwath is talking tough about the scandals from this year and what lies ahead.

In a sit-down with Newstalk 1010, Horwath says voters aren't seeing any respect from their government, pointing to scandals like the gas plant cancellations, Ornge spending and, mostly recently, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) compensation.

The expectation is that the NDP will stop supporting the Liberals this spring not only because of ongoing scandal but potential taxes for transit expansion. However, Horwath wouldn't reveal if that was her plan, despite a tougher tone than before.

While she also wouldn't say if she regretted keeping the minority Liberals in power, she did say she was frustrated at the amount of time it's taking to implement NDP budget asks like lowering car insurance rates and capping CEO salaries.

With the holidays around the corner, Horwath joked that there are many lumps of coal to go around given the government has a track record of not respecting the public purse and taxpayer dollars.

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  1. Frankie posted on 12/18/2013 08:06 AM
    She talks about the need to respect taxpayers money while she kept propping up the Liberals. Both parties are in a contest to see who can waste more taxpayers dollars.
  2. AC posted on 12/18/2013 10:55 AM
    I think Horwath is choosing hers words very carefully. she doesn't want to put herself in a position of not having any cards to play in any future government. A lot of people are confident premier Wynne is doing a good job in tough times so Horwath is very coy in what she says. Her best outcome is for the NDP to be in a minority situation with some sway. The PC's will continue be in on the outside looking in. the voter has no confidence in their leader or their backwards policies
    1. SG posted on 12/18/2013 12:46 PM
      @AC Those "tough times" have been mostly caused by Premier Wynne, her predecessor McGuinty, and their merry band of incompetent ministers. All propped up, of course, by the coy Ms. Horwath.
    2. Frankie posted on 12/18/2013 01:02 PM
      @AC The "lot of people" you refer to that think Wynne is doing a good job are the problem. They wouldn't know a good job from a terrible job.

      This Liberal gov't is the most disastrous gov't in recent Ontario history, right up there with Bob Rae NDP & David Peterson Liberals.

      I can't even imagine what this "lot of people" would consider a bad job. Scary!
  3. Mike from the hinterland posted on 12/18/2013 01:46 PM
    If she had once of integrity, she would have defeated a corrupt and incompetent Liberal governments. She instead propped it up and got a few crumbs. She quite possibly could have been the Premier and now she will take the blame for propping up the Libranos!
  4. Ernie posted on 12/18/2013 05:43 PM
    Every time Horvath opens her mouth it costs me money.

    The last time it was her demand to cut car insurance by 15%. My rates for a clean record went up 17% ... I wonder why????
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