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Ontario's Throne Speech Will Pass

Published: February 19, 2013 10:26 pm ET

Last Comment: February 20, 2013 12:09 pm ET | 4 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Although it came off as "vague" and was dismissed by the official opposition, Kathleen Wynne's first throne speech as Premier will pass and Ontario's Liberal government won't fall.

“A little bit of PC, a little bit of NDP and a whole lot of Dalton McGuinty isn’t going to get us out of this mess," stated PC Leader Tim Hudak. "We’re not going to be supporting the throne speech."

That left the decision to the NDP, with leader Andrea Horwath "prepared to pass it" but she's looking for more concrete guarantees in the budget. That's when, as Horwath puts it, "the rubber's going to hit the road."

Closer to horse racing and the industry's struggles with the OLG modernization strategy, Premier Wynne didn't mention the horse racing industry in the throne speech but did bring up municipalities needing a say in casino talks.

"Your government intends to work with municipalities on other issues, too. Because communities must be involved and connected to one another.

They must have a voice in their future and a say in their integrated, regional development.

So that local populations are involved from the beginning if there is going to be a gas plant or a casino or a wind plant or a quarry in their hometown."

Along the same lines as his party leader, Guelph Progressive Conservative candidate and industry participant Anthony MacDonald issued a statement on the throne speech on Tuesday night. MacDonald feels the new Liberal leader plans to take Ontario in the same old direction according to the path outlined in the throne speech.

"On the same day Progressive Conservatives announced plans to re-introduce a motion to determine whether the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals should be found in contempt, it’s tough to swallow Liberal rhetoric on job growth and economic responsibility," said MacDonald. "This throne speech did nothing more than play lip service to the Opposition parties and try to buy more time in power. With a massive deficit and growing unemployment, Ontario doesn’t need a little tinkering, it needs a massive overhaul. From this first effort, it’s clear to me that the kind of change Ontario needs will only come with a change in provincial leadership, not just party leadership. Ontario can’t afford the Liberals no matter how they try to reincarnate themselves."

MacDonald was acclaimed as the Progressive Conservative candidate for Guelph in 2012, and will be facing the new Education Minister Liz Sandals when Ontario has its next provincial election.

"The Progressive Conservatives are the only party focused on rebuilding Ontario’s economy – balancing the budget, creating private-sector jobs and attracting investment," continued MacDonald. "Liberals are spending beyond Ontario’s means and it’s creating a very dark hole of debt and unemployment for years to come. I don’t want that for Guelph or any community in Ontario."

"The throne speech spoke about ‘your new government’ but that fact remains there is nothing new about today’s Liberals. These are the same scandal-plagued, high-spending Liberals who put Ontario in an economic crisis," said MacDonald. "Ontario families and communities deserve better. Only the Progressive Conservatives have a plan to put Ontario back on the right track."

February 20, 2013 - 12:09 pmHere we go again---more of

Lynne Magee SAID...

Here we go again---more of the same. The Liberals looking like McGuinty/Duncan never left and Horwath kissing their behinds with a "but" that never means anything of importance. Hudak may not be the perfect leader of the PC party but he sure as heck seems like a better choice than what we are seeing in Wynne and Horwath. At least we have his ear turned in our direction.

February 20, 2013 - 11:42 amSurprise, surprise, the NDP

Allan Schott SAID...

Surprise, surprise, the NDP will not bring the government down. The Liberals are gong to get what they want with racing.

February 20, 2013 - 10:39 amLiberal lip service offering

Norm Walker SAID...

Liberal lip service offering new jobs when they are willing to flush 60,000 jobs away and the NDP once again are going to join in and prop them up. When will the voters of Ontario look to MPP's that have a mind of their own even if it means voting for an independant. Who do we trust even Tim Hudak won't put a clean clear statement out that restores the SARP or even show us his fool proof plan to rebuild the industry before the welfare role goes up by 60,000 taxpayers.

February 20, 2013 - 8:01 amHopefully what you'll see in

Paul Keith SAID...

Hopefully what you'll see in the next Ontario provincial election is Kathleen Wynne and her fraudulant liberal party get exactly what they deserve, to be booted out of office for their lies and haphazard overspending of the taxpayers money.


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