Wynne criticized for Walkerton campaign stop

The premier tries to underline consequences of public sector job cuts

Courtesy of Canadian Press

Thousands became sick and others died.

Despite being 14 years ago this month, the Walkerton water contamination tragedy is still fresh in the minds of Ontarians.

Premier Kathleen Wynne stresses she isn't using the tragedy for political gain as she made a campaign stop there Thursday . She spoke of what the loss of 100,000 public sector jobs promised by the Tories might do and is being criticized for it.

Wynne says the province needs to learn from the past, pointing to Mike Harris-era cuts in the 90's leading up to the tragedy.

The premier committed to $30 million in funding over 10 years for the Walkerton Water Treatment Centre if re-elected.

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak says it's sad that the premier of Ontario is trying to take advantage of what happened in May of 2000.

Hudak says that's something he expected of her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath says it's up to the premier to decide how to run her campaign.

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  1. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 05/15/2014 12:32 PM
    Makes sense to me to remind voters of what happened the last time a PC Premier talked about "cutting red tape" to improve the economy. Judicious reviews of government regulations are useful but anti-government ideologues like Hudak would indiscriminately cut health and safety regulations putting the public at risk.
  2. Jack posted on 05/15/2014 12:36 PM
    The biggest consequence of these public sector job cuts will be that more of our tax dollars will go where they're actually needed, rather than to redundant government employees who are simple not worth the money.

    In turn, that will make it more profitable for businesses to operate here, which results in more jobs. Compare this to Wynne's philosophy of "What the unions want, the unions get" and it's destructive influence on the economy, and the choice is clear: HUDAK FOR PREMIER!
  3. john posted on 05/15/2014 01:18 PM
    builshit alert Premier Kathleen Wynne stresses she isn't using the tragedy for political gain . yea okey we be leave your NOT !!!! yet more evidence how bad a lair she is . she should give it up she is making a ass out of herself . and insulting the profession . she needs to get her builshit licenses renewed . back to builshit 101 with her .
    1. A Concerned Reader posted on 05/15/2014 05:38 PM
      @john Please repeat that in English for the 99.99 % of us who don't understand the john- garble.
  4. Greg posted on 05/15/2014 02:03 PM
    Is this the only plank in her campaign platform? "Vote for me and I'll throw a bunch of money at you that we don't have."
    Hudak is simply doing the right - but unpopular - thing. You Liberals think government creates jobs. Well, they do...government jobs. That's not building the economy.
    Give up the Mike Harris boogeyman. The Libs have been in charge for 12 years. Is your life better...or worse?
  5. Ken posted on 05/15/2014 02:44 PM
    Wynne-Bag is still blaming Harris for Ontario's problems yet the most corrupt government in North American history led by the two headed monster - McGuinty-Wynne accepts zero responsibility for the crime, corruption, huge debt, huge deficit, high unemployment, high energy cost and have-not province status.

    She hasn't got a clue what real leadership is let alone a plan to save this rapidly sinking province!

    By the way - Walkerton crime was caused by Wynne's union pals employed by the Walkerton PUC not doing the water testing but instead simply writing down false records. I wouldn't be surprised if the two brothers are part of her Lieberal team. They have experience being corrupt. A Lieberal requirement to govern.
    1. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 05/16/2014 03:02 PM
      @Ken "By the way - Walkerton crime was caused by Wynne's union pals employed by the Walkerton PUC not doing the water testing ..."

      Wrong! Koebel was management. Effective unions might have raised the health and safety concerns and prevented the tragedy.
  6. Frankie posted on 05/15/2014 04:35 PM
    Wynne is a total piece of s**t for dragging the awful Walkerton incident into the campaign. Her party "steals", lies continually, and now she has debased them to a new low. She must think she's dealing with mentally challenged people when she lies about this not being used for her political gain.

    This is how low the Liberals have gone to get re-elected. Scum!
  7. don was right posted on 05/15/2014 05:16 PM
    The actual act of allowing the water to be poisoned was a bunch of civil servants. Who under Hudak would posibly be fired before they caused more trouble.Why does it take one civil servant to do a job and another whoel gang of them to double check that teh first is doing it right? Why not just hire, and fire, people who know how and want to do the job right?

    I know, dumb question.
    1. Dean posted on 05/15/2014 05:22 PM
      @don was right That's how unions work, especially when they're being paid from the bottomless well that they call "Taxpayer's Money". Work at half-speed at all times to maximize overtime, and if one man's working you need five men watching him do it.

      We've had it with this union greed, right-to-work is what we need!
    2. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 05/16/2014 03:06 PM
      @Dean Reality check to Union bashers. The Walkerton employee responsible was a manager not a union member. Anyway, how are you going to fire people for cause if you don't have the paper work (i.e. "red tape") to justify it. Otherwise, you will get wrongful dismissal lawsuits in the billions.
  8. Fact Provider posted on 05/15/2014 05:41 PM
    What the Premier said today in Walkerton needed to be said.
    Slash and burn doesn't work ... and it's dangerous !!
    1. David posted on 05/15/2014 09:41 PM
      @Fact Provider SPEND and SPEND doesn't work...and it's dangerous!! Here's a great idea-how about governing in a responsible way so that Slash and burn doesn't BECOME necessary. That would be common sense and we sure as hell know the liberals don't have alot of that.
    2. Fact Provider posted on 05/15/2014 10:29 PM
      @David Brilliant of you to use the Harris mantra of "common sense".
      That sure worked out well for us didn't it?
      Fool Contard !!
    3. David posted on 05/16/2014 06:23 AM
      @Fact Provider Interesting response. No comment at all regarding my idea of spending money in a responsible way. You hate the idea of how Mike Harris governed this province, but are okay with SPEND, SPEND, SPEND! I'll ask again, why not govern in a responsible way and avoid slash and burn? What is wrong with governing this way? Please explain without throwing around insults.
    4. Fact Provider posted on 05/16/2014 07:01 AM
      @David "I'll ask again, why not govern in a responsible way and avoid slash and burn?"
      You've nailed it !!!
      The problem is you should have nailed it when Harris was doing it.
      Duh !!
    5. David posted on 05/16/2014 07:30 AM
      @Fact Provider Okay, so you agree that the current liberal government is also running the province in an irresponsible manner. You would agree that spending cuts will be necessary because we are currently running a deficet and a massive debt. Where would you suggest we cut at this time? Mike Harris has not been the premier for a long time. The liberals have run the province for over a decade so it is probably time they take responsibilty for the issues of the day. Do the liberals need to make cuts? If so, where? Are cuts not necessary? Then the current deficet and massive debt is okay with you?
    6. Fact Provider posted on 05/16/2014 07:36 AM
      @David I'm finished with you.
      You cannot see the obvious.

      Well ... perhaps one more thing.

      Is it just you, or all Tea Party Cons this blind to reality?

      When the country's economy is on the ropes (Thanks, Harper the economist), the worst thing you can do anywhere within that country is slash and burn.
    7. David posted on 05/16/2014 07:44 AM
      @Fact Provider I'm finished with you.
      In other words, no answer to some pretty basic questions.
      No problem, as hard as you might try, even you deep down know that you can't defend the liberal government. Straight forward questions and liberal supporters run for the exits or respond with insults.
  9. David posted on 05/15/2014 09:56 PM
    Was the Mayor of Mississauga with her? The premier commited 30 million over 10 years? Wynne/Hazel- just think what they could have done with 1.1 billion. Oh sorry Hazel, I forgot, that's water under the bridge.
    1. JD posted on 05/16/2014 08:02 AM
      @David Birds of a feather flock together.....

      Were there not some ethical issues concerning Hazel......
    2. David posted on 05/16/2014 08:09 AM
      @JD Well said JD, well said.
  10. Bartleybee Jones posted on 05/16/2014 07:21 AM
    Angry Cons! Angry Cons! Angry Cons! Angry Cons!
    You're ALL going down!
    Love it!
    The sheer joy I'll feel on election day when Wynne knocks your idiot leaders a** to the curb!
    Angry Cons! Angry Cons! Angry Cons! Angry Cons!
    1. JD posted on 05/16/2014 07:58 AM
      @Bartleybee Jones Be ready to sunk intoi the deep depths of sorrow when Ms Kathy is consigned to the dustbin of history...
    2. Angry Bill posted on 05/16/2014 10:05 AM
      @Bartleybee Jones Enjoy the sheer joy on election day, then. Because after election day, it'll be the fiberal's agenda of picking your pockets, jacking up your hydro to astronomical levels, throwing your millions at liberal boondoggles in order to buy another couple of seats, levying even more fines/taxes/fees on you just in case you might still have a toonie left in your pocket.

      Unless you're in the public sector or a teacher. In that case, scrap everything I said above. You're already at the liberal trough.
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