Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario PCs Will Ask If Liberal Government Has Confidence of Legislature

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario PCs Will Ask If Liberal Government Has Confidence of Legislature

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PCs to test confidence of Liberal government

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TORONTO - Ontario's New Democrats made it clear Wednesday they are not prepared to scratch the Progressive Conservatives' nagging itch for a snap election by supporting a motion that would test the confidence of the minority Liberal government.

"It seems like Mr. Hudak simply can't pass up an opportunity to throw another gimmick out there and show how ineffective he is," said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said his party introduced a non-binding motion asking if the legislature has confidence in Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals in an effort to force the NDP to stop propping up the government.

The auditor general's estimate that it will cost up to $1.1 billion to cancel two gas plants to save Liberal seats in the 2011 election should be enough for Horwath to say she will help defeat the government, added Hudak.

"The Liberals' corruption stares her in the face each and every day, but every time that Andrea Horwath is asked to prop up the government, she's 'ready, aye ready' to do whatever the Liberals want," he said.

"The gas plants scandal tells us the Liberals simply cannot be trusted to run the province of Ontario any more. It's time to draw a line in the sand and put our confidence in the government to the test."

The Progressive Conservative motion, which will be debated during an Opposition day next week, is not a true confidence motion and the results would not be binding on the government. That means it's another stunt by Hudak, said Horwath.

"It's clear that nothing has changed since the last time he threw out one of these salvos," she said.

"He can stand on his head and spit nickels or he can do back flips all he wants, but the bottom line is these gimmicks, these games do not a change make in terms of the capacity of him or I to actually create a situation where the government will fall. …

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