Horwath says Liberals are "reaching for straws" regarding spending

Horwath says Liberal attack is misguided

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the Liberals are ``reaching for straws'' in trying to drum up scandal about her expenses.

Horwath made the comments when she hosted  "The Province" on  NewsTalk 1010 and took several calls from people about the issue Sunday afternoon.

The Liberals have accused Horwath of billing taxpayers for thousands of dollars in personal expenses-  including muffins, taxi rides and a $0.25 parking fee-even as she has criticized others for doing the same.

Horwath defended her actions, saying she buys her own lunch and coffee when she's at her office in Hamilton or at the legislature.

But she says when she travels around the province she has no choice but to expense items she normally wouldn't.

Horwath says she is ``very frugal'' and makes sure all of her expenses are vetted by the integrity commissioner.

Horwath told the callers that all MPPs, including Premier Kathleen Wynne, file expense claims and the NDP hasn't retaliated because the Liberal attack is misguided.

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