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Wynne: election would be ''steady hands'' vs ''reckless schemes''

Ontario Liberals raise $3-million for party coffers

The Premier says if there's a province-wide election this year, the choice will be between her "safe hands" and the "reckless schemes" of opposition parties.

While speaking at a Liberal fundraising dinner at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Thursday night, Kathleen Wynne twice stressed the "if" on a possible vote, but her tone left little doubt Ontarians will soon be headed to the polls.

Wynne warned that a shift in leadership could undo some of Ontario's post-recession economic recovery.

"We cannot take our eye off the road, just as we're starting to pick up speed", she told the crowd.

Wynne said she believes putting Ontario's "still fragile" turnaround into the hands of the New Democrats would be a mistake, characterizing their party as one that is "suspicious of business" and represents "risky indecision and lack practical coherent thinking".

The Premier drew some of the biggest applause of the night when saying she felt it would be a mistake to declare war on labour, something she said the Progressive Conservatives aimed to.  Last month, PC leader Tim Hudak backed away from controversial right to work legislation, saying he understood that most Ontarians didn't want it.

Wynne didn't reveal when her government will present the budget that could get the ball rolling for an election. She did reaffirm a commitment not to raise the HST or the gas tax in that spending plan.

"We cannot grow Ontario's economy by grabbing more from the pockets of our middle class who are working to make ends meet", said Wynne.

The event raised $3-million for Ontario's Liberal party, $1-million more than the same dinner pulled in last year.  Toronto mayoral hopefuls Olivia Chow, Jon Tory, Karen Stintz and David Soknacki were among the attendees at the $1500/ person soirée.

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  1. Mark posted on 03/20/2014 09:45 PM
    Ya, we know Wynne Bag. The teacher hogs and the rest of the public sector pigs are safe in your hands. Sadly, the rest of us will be struggling to keep our heads above water paying off your 267 billion dollar deficit.

    Liberal voters are either selfish pigs or idiots. I hate all of you.
  2. Neo posted on 03/20/2014 10:49 PM
    Strange...i thought we have seen nothing but reckless schemes with the current gov. Most reckless with my ever-increasing tax dollars.
  3. Frankie posted on 03/21/2014 05:19 AM
    Those hands are steadily stealing from taxpayers, steadily mismanaging this province, and thanks to those steady hands, our debt is 5X California per capita, which was in serious financial trouble.

    Besides, Horvath is really the premier. When she says jump, Wynne says "how high"?
  4. John posted on 03/21/2014 07:04 AM
    The damage the liberals have done to this province and the 267 billion dollar deficit may just be enough to ruin Ontario with the only survivors being public sector workers. The liberals think their job is to provide lucrative employment opportunities for tens of thousands of people when it's real job is to look after the province as a whole.

    Notice Wynne is trying to delay an election until the summer. This is only because the selfish pig teachers will be able to put a full time effort into keeping their sugar daddy in power.

    Poor Ontario. We are literally doomed.
  5. Mike from the hinterland posted on 03/21/2014 07:13 AM
    reckless?????????????????????????????????????????????????

    This is reckless Premier Daddy Dalton and Moms record as stated below:
    E – Health
    Baird Report
    Wind Power
    G20 summit
    5 cents a bag
    Lawn fertilizer
    Health Care
    Septic Inspection program
    Eco fees
    Cell phone ban
    Stakeholders crap
    hst
    Caledonia
    Power Plant
    Orange
    Tim Horton’s
    OPG
    Ontario Northland

    That is wreckless. Vote this party out of office. Stick a fork in them Andrea Horvath so their done like dinner! Let us overthrow these idiots in the next election.
  6. Scrappy posted on 03/21/2014 08:16 AM
    Wynne is scared to face the voting public and with the help of Horvath she will delay the vote for as long as possible. In the meantime, the "goodies" will be rolling out with the chances of being realized are slim to none but for the people with short memories this will be enough. What teacher, union member, parent taking advantage of all day kindergarten will vote against the certain perks with this government.
  7. Dean posted on 03/21/2014 08:34 AM
    The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier!

    The Liberals (and to an even greater extent, the NDP) operate in a fantasy world without logic, where Other People's Money is an inexhaustible resource. They want to tax the middle class until they're forced to live like the welfare class, reward the welfare class for nothing until they can live how the middle class used to, and give the union class free reign to live like feudal barons.

    The ONLY SANE CHOICE is to elect a strong Blue majority that will clean up the last 10+ years of Liberal mismanagement and get us out of being a have-not province.
  8. libfreezone posted on 03/29/2014 10:59 PM
    Steady hands? Forked tongue.
  9. James posted on 03/31/2014 09:32 AM
    Who the hell are the people in that crowd ?? Oh,,,, right,,, they are either greedy bully pig teachers and other public sector hogs, or they are idiots.

    Thanks Wynne. we have the second highest paid teachers in the world yet or education system thinks teaching 8 year old's the "in's and out's of oral sex is a good idea, and even worse, these piggy teachers are the biggest bullies in the province.

    Way to go Wynnie. Yes, you look like a horse.
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