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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.