Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wynne Says Ontario Liberals Need to Be Ready for an Election at Any Time

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wynne Says Ontario Liberals Need to Be Ready for an Election at Any Time

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Wynne tells Liberals to be ready for election


TORONTO - Ontario's decade-old Liberal government is looking to develop new policies this weekend in advance of an election that could come as soon as next spring, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday.

About 500 Liberals will hold a provincial council meeting in Hamilton, their first get-together since Wynne took over as premier last January.

"My message is going to be that we are ready to take the next steps as a party, and in a minority situation that means we have to be ready for an election at any point," Wynne told The Canadian Press.

"There's a lot of good work that's been done over the last 10 years, but now we have to take that (party) renewal that's happened over the last nine months and translate it into our vision for the future."

Wynne had threatened earlier this month to call an election if the opposition parties wouldn't allow any bills to pass in the legislature.

This week, the Tories started co-operating on a number of non-partisan bills, saying they want to "clear the decks" so the Liberals can get onto major economic initiatives, if they have any to introduce.

"What we're doing is calling their bluff," said Progressive Conservative Rod Jackson. "They don't have any plan."

The Liberals launched a website Friday to get public input to help develop new policy proposals, which prompted the Opposition to claim the government is out of ideas, especially on ways to improve the economy and create jobs.

"We're seeing a desperate, pathetic government that is grasping at ideas because they don't have anything to hang on to," added Jackson.

The New Democrats called the Liberals' attempts to engage the public on policy development little more than window dressing and political games.

"Kathleen Wynne is more concerned about the interests of her political party than really dealing with the issues," said NDP house leader Gilles Bisson. …

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