UPDATE: Premier Wynne Calls By-Elections for Feb 13th

By-elections for Niagara Falls and Thornhill to take place right before Valentine's Day

There will be broken hearts and potentially a celebration of a new beginning the day before Valentine's Day.

That's when the premier has called two byelections, in Thornhill and Niagara Falls.

Kathleen Wynne had until the end of March to announce the votes.

Despite recent announcements of pumping money into Ontario wine and fast-tracking the build of the Niagara hospital, the premier brushes aside suggestions that this is all about the vote on February 13th.

She maintains her government has committed to these things months ago, long before they knew a byelection was needed.

Andrea Horwath says she expects the Liberals to splash around money during the by-elections.

However, the NDP leader says those in Niagara have seen a government that has mostly ignored them.

On if she would rather have a general election, Horwath says she's still consulting with Ontarians to see how they feel.

Meantime, Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak issued a statement on the byelection call, saying it gives residents the opportunity to "demand better from their government. "

In Niagara Falls, Liberal Kim Craitor stepped aside citing health and family reasons. In Thornhill, Tory Peter Shurman said he wanted to move on from politics. That announcement came after a housing expense scandal.

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  1. Frankie posted on 01/15/2014 02:47 PM
    Horvath is "consulting with Ontarians" again. I'm so thrilled she's "consulting" with us I'll be sure to vote for her.
    1. john posted on 01/16/2014 01:54 PM
      @Frankie the qustian is will she listen to us this time . cause she did not the last time .
  2. dama posted on 01/15/2014 03:15 PM
    Kathryn Wynne is afraid to call an election for she knew she will lose
    hence wasting tax payer's money again by calling these bye-election.

    1. Walter posted on 01/15/2014 05:30 PM
      @dama She could have waited until March, in which case the by-elections would actually become part of the expected general election. Unless she has already come to an agreement with Horvath that the NDP would support the next budget, it looks like she is just wasting time and money.
  3. Walter posted on 01/15/2014 10:57 PM
    The Liberals spent about $1B to save 5 seats in Mississauga and Oakville.

    Why are they only bribing Niagara with $80M. They are the ones who know the going rate, so I expect some more announcements for Niagara.
  4. john posted on 01/16/2014 01:49 PM
    the liberals are not getting it . i guss we have to send them another message . ( besides the big one in march ) thats we dont whant her in power aneymore . all of the stuff she did should be getting rid of cause she is not elected . i she her as a premiere till we have the say . i will never vote or her she as useless as mc dickhead .
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