Horwath on attack in Northern debate; Hudak stands by decision not to go

Horwath faces off against the premier in first debate of the campaign

Photo: Canadian Press

The sparks flew at first debate of the provincial election campaign this afternoon.

While it was supposed to focus on Northern issues, it turned into a verbal jousting match between NDP leader Andrea Horwath and Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Horwath vowed to clean up corruption at Queen's Park, if elected.

She says she knew when she needed to overthrow the government, pointing to the gas plant scandal. She says it was the day the OPP took government hard-drives from the legislature.

Wynne became defensive, stressing she has apologized for the gas plant scandal. She offers she knows people are still mad about it.

She called it "sad" that Horwath spoke about gas plants first instead of Northern issues.

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak didn't attend the debate, claiming a scheduling conflict. He underlines that he needs to talk about job creation and he doesn't plan on slowing down. He spoke to media at a cabinet manufacturer in Thornhill.

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  1. Alex posted on 05/26/2014 08:46 PM
    Someone tell Tim to stop putting his arms out like he is a big bird when he spins his answers on why he is a no show!

    Politicians don't answer the questions and just answer so they get their pre-determined message out.

    No credibility Tim.
    1. Leon posted on 05/27/2014 03:07 AM
      @Alex Sort of like how you never rationally criticize Hudak's platform or defend any of the other parties, but just continually shriek about WalMart?
    2. Alex posted on 05/27/2014 03:38 AM
      @Leon Tim Hudak is a no show even though he knows before any election that there is going to be a Northern Debate.
      Now who Tim. No votes coming from the north since he only does excuses instead of making it happen like everyone else.
  2. listener posted on 05/27/2014 02:41 AM
    On the tv news, wasn't Hudak with Harper?
    1. Sammy from Scartborough posted on 05/27/2014 05:24 AM
      @listener As far as "On the tv news, wasn't Hudak with Harper?" - only if Harper was one of the folks at the furniture factory.
  3. Alex posted on 05/27/2014 04:48 AM
    Hu-dat missing chair belong to in the debate?
    Tim Hudak is the missing person.
  4. Sammy from Scarborough posted on 05/27/2014 05:21 AM
    If truth be told, Hudak's handlers wouldn't let him do the northern debate for 3 reasons:
    1. The Conservatives won't win any seats in the north anyway
    2. He would have lost badly to both of the other leaders and the campaign has enough problems as it is.
    3. No one remembered to get a road map so Tim could find his way back home.
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