Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tories Move Non-Confidence Motion in Minority Liberals over Cancelled Gas Plants

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Tories Move Non-Confidence Motion in Minority Liberals over Cancelled Gas Plants

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PCs move non-confidence motion on gas plants

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TORONTO - Ontario's Liberals "bought the last election," the Progressive Conservatives charged Monday as they introduced a non-confidence motion in the minority government over cancelled gas plants, knowing it has little chance of coming to a vote.

It's clear the Liberals knew they were in trouble before the 2011 election and decided that cancelling planned gas-fired power plants in Oakville and Mississauga would help them stay in power, said PC house leader Jim Wilson.

"Since when is spending hundreds of millions of taxpayers' dollars to save the Liberal party of Ontario seats not a corrupt measure? Where I come from that's called buying elections," said Wilson.

"They bought the last election. They knew they were losing by a few seats so they bought a handful of seats. My constituents call that corruption."

The Tory non-confidence motion was, in part, aimed at embarrassing the New Democrats, who have been equally as critical as the Conservatives of the gas plant cancellations, but until now have voted to support almost all Liberal initiatives.

"The NDP has been very clear that they're willing to prop up the government, to look the other way if enough spending promises are made in their direction," said PC Leader Tim Hudak.

"The question is: do you believe this scandal goes so far, does it go across the line into corruption, that we should have a vote in the house? Let's have the vote."

The New Democrats have maintained the non-confidence motion is just an attempt by the Conservatives to grab headlines because under Ontario rules, the government would have to agree to call it for a vote, and that's not likely to happen.

"It's just another kind of political game being played here," complained NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

"It's all about the 'gotcha' between the political parties and it's not about getting the answers for the people. …

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