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UPDATE: WATCH: Ontario election set for June 12

Legislature to be dissolved Friday afternoon

Premier Kathleen Wynne announces Ont. election
Photo: Katie Franzios/NEWSTALK 1010

Ontarians are headed to the polls next month.

Premier Kathleen Wynne will visit Lieutenant Governor David Onley at 2pm Friday to ask him to dissolve the legislature and trigger an election, likely June 12.

The minority Liberal's goose was cooked Friday morning when NDP leader Andrea Horwath revealed her party wouldn't support the budget presented by the government Thursday. Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak rejected the spending plan before having seen it.

Horwath pointed to what she sees as Liberal blunders and scandals as reasons to yank NDP support of the Liberals. She specifically mentioned the gas plant scandal and high CEO salaries as reasons why voters should have an opportunity to elect a new government.

Horwath calls the budget a "mad dash" to escape scandals surrounding the cancellation of gas plants and the Ornge air ambulance service by promising voters "the stars and the moon."

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  1. john posted on 05/02/2014 10:27 AM
    alright ladies and gentlemen time to whip these commies a new asshole !!!!!!! time to get rid of them .
  2. Karl Burgin posted on 05/02/2014 10:28 AM
    Bittersweet news....
    Finally we're going to have an election- but instead of an illegitimate corrupt Lieberal government, we'd have instead a legitimate corrupt Lieberal government. All because the stupid voters of Toronto cannot extract head from ass.
    1. Sonny posted on 05/02/2014 10:30 AM
      @Karl Burgin Based on the polls the seat count would be another minority gov't!
    2. tanjo posted on 05/02/2014 01:01 PM
      @Karl Burgin I can't see the Liberals getting enough votes to form a government. Personally I am hoping for a PC minority, with NDP in second.

      I like Wynne, but there is too much entitlement in the Liberal party. They need to do a major housecleaning and that won't happen until they get soundly defeated.

      At the same time, Hudak is just too impulsive for me. He needs some moderation. Maybe it comes with more central-leaning PC members, but I am not willing to count on it. Maybe for a 2nd term, but not right now.

      An intriguing possibility would be a NDP Minority with PC in 2nd. I would love to see the Horwath-Hudak dynamic.
  3. arthur posted on 05/02/2014 10:44 AM
    YES! bring it.
    we finally might have a chance to turf Hudak and the far right wing and his repressive policies ONCE AND FOR EVER.
    bring it on!
    1. john posted on 05/02/2014 11:08 AM
      @arthur ir u wanna turf hudak we need to turf Wynne first the liberals are useless .
    2. tanjo posted on 05/02/2014 01:03 PM
      @arthur From my opinion, turfing Hudak will improve the PC chances.
  4. manuel posted on 05/02/2014 10:52 AM
    here's my advise to conservatives if they ever want to gain power in Ontario. throw your current leader under the bus and elect someone closer to the centre. far right wing ideology won't get it done here. never has and never will
    1. Sonny posted on 05/02/2014 11:22 AM
      @manuel Hudak was just on and dodged the point about him being Harris 2.0
      He will be hosting on Sunday at 1pm if you have any questions.
  5. Jack posted on 05/02/2014 11:24 AM
    Alright Ontario, we have three choices:

    1) Re-elect the Liberals. This will result in them continuing to make worse and worse economic decisions, eventually driving business out of Ontario altogether and turning us into Detroit on a provincial scale.

    2) Elect the NDP. This choice is functionally the same as the first one, but will bring us to ruin a little bit faster.

    3) Elect the Conservatives. This choice will result in much-needed cuts to the public sector, reforms to the labour market, and more of our hard-earned paychecks staying in our own pockets to take care of our own families.

    The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier!
    1. Bob posted on 05/02/2014 12:04 PM
      @Jack put me down for choice 1)
      choice 3) will be Detroit part two.
      unfettered capitalism greed/outsourcing for cheap labour and unregulated banking system/mortgages made that city a wasteland of despair for families. that's the type of ideology that 6 greedy bankers had that almost brought down the whole nation not just Detroit. let's hope we learned some lessons from all that
  6. HP posted on 05/02/2014 11:46 AM
    This is the first election since I was old enough to vote that I will not be voting. I encourage all residents of Ontario to boycott this election...send a message to the politicians that we're not pawns and that democracy does not mean that we follow a leader's options. Our MPP's must be our voice and not toe the party line.

    This budget was tailor made for the NDP, Horwath's rejection is a slap in the face to all, regardless of party affiliation.

    So I encourage all to join me and boycott the election...sent a message to all parties that we won't put up with this crap. Those that do want to go to the polls, decline your ballot, they keep track of this, not spoiled ballots.

    We need to return to a democracy.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 05/02/2014 11:50 AM
      @HP I see wut u did thar.

      You want us to not vote, so the liberals remain in power, to continue with their unholy agenda.

      I ain't falling for that.. We need to vote the libs out.
    2. Dean posted on 05/02/2014 12:27 PM
      @HP The best way to return to democracy is to elect a government who will listen to the taxpayers, rather than sacrifice us to union demands on a blood-soaked altar.

      Vote Conservative. It's Ontario's only chance to avoid total economic ruin.
  7. Angry Bill posted on 05/02/2014 11:47 AM
    I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. I honestly thought Horwath would once again prop up this corrupt regime.

    My only fear now is, there are a sufficient number of brain-damaged sheep out there who will continue to vote for this corrupt, inept, self-serving government and keep them in power.

    Listen, I don't like Hudak either. Who does. But I would choose him every single time over a corrupt government that has shown countless times that they have absolutely no issues against throwing away billions of dollars on nothing at all, if they think it might win them a seat or 2.

    Those are my dollars, folks. And those are your dollars, too. Billions of them. Gone, as if they never existed. With absolutely nothing to show for them, other than a couple of liberal seats.

    The liberals have come right out and said they'd like to send you home every month with even LESS money than they're leaving you with right now, as little as that is. Seriously, who the hell is okay with that? Even if they HAD a valid point, which they don't, would you really trust them with even more of your money, with their track record? Really? If your answer is "yes" to any of these questions, you need to immediately purchase a self-administered lobotomy kit and use it, and then neuter yourself so you don't reproduce.
    1. Jack posted on 05/02/2014 12:27 PM
      @Angry Bill We may not always agree, but we've reached the same conclusion in different ways. The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier!
    2. tanjo posted on 05/02/2014 01:10 PM
      @Angry Bill The billion covers the whole gas plant cancellation. All three parties were going to cancel the gas plant, so stop about the billion dollars before you start sounding like Rob Ford.

      What bothers me is the extra cash they paid out to make it go away "quietly" (epic fail). Does anyone know how much EXTRA the Liberals paid out for this?

      The big thing about the Liberals isn't what they did. It's what they DIDN'T do. No oversight. They figured they could just coast along, show up for the ribbon-cuttings and everything would look after itself. To me, THAT is why they need to go.
  8. arthur posted on 05/02/2014 12:42 PM
    the people that will enjoy sitting in traffic congestion and waiting for buses for the next 25 years you only have one choice. Vote conservative!
    because we all know eff all will get done under these people. the conservatives think transit is free to build and no one will have to pay for it
  9. Bobcat posted on 05/02/2014 01:18 PM
    I urge ALL you Hudak supporters to read the book
    "What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America" to understand why so many average, blue collar Americans decided to vote against their own economic and political interests and support the party of the 1%, the Republicans.
    You need to know that you are being played in the exact same way! Tim Hudak is following a neo-conservative script that has been going on for well over a decade. And it is YOU, dear people, who are getting taken advantage of. While you blather on about the Liberals, they are planning to decimate good wages and good jobs, all to enrich themselves and the corporations they serve. It's all about to come to Ontario if you vote for that contemptuous idiot.
    Don't say you weren't warned...
    1. Jack posted on 05/02/2014 01:29 PM
      @Bobcat The Liberals will destroy jobs in this province by making it impossible for businesses to operate, between constant fee hikes, restrictive regulations, and giving in to every union's every unsustainable desire.

      The Conservatives, on the other hand, will make it easier and more profitable for businesses to stay and operate and create jobs in Ontario. Furthermore, by reducing the burden of our bloated public sector and taking actions to reduce union strong-arm tactics, they will increase the purchasing power of every dollar we earn.
    2. Angry Bill posted on 05/02/2014 01:53 PM
      @Bobcat We're not Hudak supporters. We're liberal non-supporters. You see, we're smart enough to take a chance on someone who actually HASN'T fekked up this province, versus people who actually HAVE.

      No sane person can continue to support a regime that has done to us what the Ontario liberals have. Unless those people are the types who are at the trough and actually benefit from the rest of Ontario being screwed. Like teachers unions, etc.
  10. Ernie posted on 05/02/2014 01:43 PM
    Andrea
    Its about fucking time you caught up with the program!
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 05/02/2014 01:47 PM
      @Ernie Yeah, true. but too little, too late.

      I had much respect for Horwath- before she decided to bend over forward, and prop up the Liberals.
  11. AdrianeT posted on 05/02/2014 02:05 PM
    I am very impressed by Andrea Horwath....she comes across as intelligent and thoughtful as well as a very strong Leader....she deserves to be rewarded for freeing The People of Ontario from the bounds of the corrupt, tired, Wynne Gover*ment...thank you Andrea for lot allowing yourself to be duped by shiny bobbles.
    1. Ernie posted on 05/02/2014 02:56 PM
      @AdrianeT Adriane
      Your congratulating her on how intelligent she is for doing this a year late?

      Your even slower than she is!
  12. AdrianeT posted on 05/02/2014 02:05 PM
    I am very impressed by Andrea Horwath....she comes across as intelligent and thoughtful as well as a very strong Leader....she deserves to be rewarded for freeing The People of Ontario from the bounds of the corrupt, tired, Wynne Gover*ment...thank you Andrea for lot allowing yourself to be duped by shiny bobbles.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 05/02/2014 02:19 PM
      @AdrianeT You forgot to say "like last time".
    2. Frankie posted on 05/02/2014 02:26 PM
      @AdrianeT Horvath's NDP have been complicit in the fiscal destruction of this province as well as the outright "theft" of taxpayer funds by propping up the Liberals.
  13. Frankie posted on 05/02/2014 02:23 PM
    Today's Toronto Star Thomas Walkom's headline says Liberals finally got the budget right. I re-read it several times, took both a breathalyzer and a drug test (both negative) and the headline was the same.

    IMO he might be buying from the same crack dealer a certain mayor is supposedly frequenting.

    I would like to see every a**hole that thinks this budget is good be forced to run their business this way, with no bailout when they go bankrupt.

    Young people who think this is a good idea need to realize they'll be the ones paying the lion's share of this disaster.

    I really hope Hudak tempers himself during the election campaign and in office should he win. He has a golden opportunity to right this sinking ship.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 05/02/2014 04:42 PM
      @Frankie LMAO...love the first 3 lines.
      Of course the Star would be happy with it. Wouldn't expect anything else
  14. Jack posted on 05/02/2014 02:30 PM
    Oh surprise, surprise! Wynne is trying to get the election called for the end of the school year, when the teacher's union can strong-arm it's members into working for her campaign. We cannot let the unethical public sector unions short-circuit democracy again. We need to step up, say "Enough is enough," and throw our support behind the Conservatives and Working Canadians.

    For those who don't know, Working Canadians are a group working to expose how much power unions have over our lives, and how much they are abusing and absolutely do not deserve that power. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter, and their website.

    While we're at it, writing to Lieutenant Governor David Onley to ask him to hold the election while school is still in session would be a good idea as well, to ensure a level playing field.
    1. AdrianeT posted on 05/02/2014 02:37 PM
      @Jack And it looks like the Wynne Gover*ment may have set up irrevocable trust funds to syphon money off to the Working Canadians....we don't know half of what was going on in the corrupt, tired, arrogant McWynty Gover*ment...I think there are still a lot of skeletons coming out of the closets.
    2. AdrianeT posted on 05/02/2014 02:38 PM
      @Jack Sorry I meant to say Working Families...
  15. Mark7 posted on 05/02/2014 02:49 PM
    Thank you Andrea for finally growing a brain. Now if only Toronto voters could get one.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 05/02/2014 04:45 PM
      @Mark7 The best solution would be to remove the Liberals as an option for voting. Just to be sure you don't get the herd of S&M crazies auto-voting for the Liberals
  16. Ernie posted on 05/02/2014 02:54 PM
    Wynne needs to hire back that IT guru that knows how to wipe out hard drives.

    She is done and she needs to vacate the office!
    1. Frankie posted on 05/02/2014 03:10 PM
      @Ernie She should go for a televised jog, not let the door hit her in the ass on the way out, and keep running until she leaves the Ontario border.

      A better idea would be to stage a group run of the Liberals and have them all follow her out of the province. They could all go to Harvard and teach a class on how to con citizens to vote for you despite "stealing" from them, lying incessantly, and mismanaging the economy to historic depths.

      We may officially be a banana republic; that's fodder for the late night talk show hosts.
    2. AdrianeT posted on 05/02/2014 03:14 PM
      @Ernie She needs to bring them back from British Columbia where they from all accounts working for Christie Clark.
  17. Me posted on 05/02/2014 02:57 PM
    I honestly don't know for whom to vote for. They are all the same. One just have a better gift to gab over the other.
    I think we need a revolution, not another election.
    1. AdrianeT posted on 05/02/2014 04:31 PM
      @Me Here's a hint...don't vote for the corrupt, criminal, tired, arrogant Liberals...there is no one else like them in the World.
  18. Ken posted on 05/02/2014 03:09 PM
    Wynne Bag!

    Keep your crooked corrupt hands away from my pockets!
  19. Mike posted on 05/02/2014 03:12 PM
    we need a strong mandate to get good transit built. that's my 1st priority. effects me everyday
    I don't want bullsht pie in the sky plans that others will pay. i want a responsible plan and who gives that to me will get my vote
    1. Dean posted on 05/02/2014 04:07 PM
      @Mike The Liberal government and the unions who keep supporting them don't know the meaning of the word "responsibility," and the NDP philosophy regards taking responsibility for your own actions as downright evil.

      If you want responsibility, your options are to vote Conservative or start living off the grid in a cabin somewhere.
  20. sam posted on 05/02/2014 03:57 PM
    hey Tim no pressure dude but don't eff this up this is your last kick at the can.
    if you feel like saying it's a good idea to outsource to convicts in jail public park maintenance and save money not paying union members. dude don't go there haha....
  21. Mark posted on 05/02/2014 04:15 PM
    Maybe few love Hudak but who cares about that ?? These thieving librano turds need to go before us citizens are literally carrying teachers around on quilted platforms.

    Problem is the damage done to this province by these F-ing liberals will be difficult if not impossible to repair.
  22. Contemplate This posted on 05/02/2014 04:32 PM
    The NDP is about to be decimated by these clever manoeuvres.
    How can they pretend to not like most of what was in the budget proposals?
    NDP has always meant "No Damn Platform" and nothing has changed in that regard.

    The Tea Party Cons and their incredibly weak leader can do no better than a minority government and that will happen only if they attract a better percentage of the women's vote. So long as Hudak rails against all-day kindergarten that critical vote will still be absent. Remember two basic things, Tim: There are more women of voting age than men and a greater percentage of women exercise their voting right.

    The choice has been clarified.
    The likelihood is that the Wynne Liberals will win (probably another minority).
    1. Angry Bill posted on 05/02/2014 04:46 PM
      @Contemplate This You spelled "all-day baby sitting" wrong.
  23. Frankie posted on 05/02/2014 04:35 PM
    The Liberals shouldn't be allowed to return to power at least until they return the $ 1 Billions they "stole"
  24. Alex posted on 05/02/2014 05:23 PM
    When Tim Hudak showed an interest in 'right to work' legislation, that was the determining factor for this upcoming election.
    He lost right there.

    So called 'Right to Work' has been in America for some time and it has only made the rich richer and the poor poorer.
    1. Dean posted on 05/02/2014 05:52 PM
      @Alex If working in a union environment was as great as you want us to believe, then unionization in the private sector wouldn't be on the decline. And, more importantly, union mouthpieces like you wouldn't be so scared every time Right To Work gets mentioned.

      The only reason that unions fight so hard against Right To Work is because they know that workers will happily leave the union in droves as soon as they have the freedom to do so. This will leave the unions with nothing but their bitterest, least competent, and most rabid supporters to pay dues. Public opinion of them will (somehow) become even worse than it is, and finally unions will be abolished and those people will have to find real, honest work for the first time in their lives.

      Right To Work is good for hard-working Ontarians, bad for union leaders and the TTC fare collector asleep in his booth. Who would you rather support?
  25. Lisa posted on 05/02/2014 06:43 PM
    This election is the best news I've heard in weeks. Every time I picture the Wynne-bag leaving Queen's Park and the legislature opening up with a big Blue majority, I just keep hearing the Peanuts theme and I have to resist the urge to do the Snoopy dance!
    1. fran posted on 05/02/2014 08:36 PM
      @Lisa MIKE HARRIS please help
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