Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wynne Raises Spectre of Water Tragedy, Warns PC Job Cuts Would Have Consequences

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wynne Raises Spectre of Water Tragedy, Warns PC Job Cuts Would Have Consequences

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Wynne raises spectre of Walkerton water tragedy

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WALKERTON, Ont. - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne raised the spectre of the Walkerton water tragedy Thursday, warning that the Progressive Conservatives' plan to cut 100,000 public sector jobs would have consequences.

Wynne visited the Clean Water Centre, which was built in Walkerton following the e-coli contamination of the town's water supply in May 2000 that killed seven people and made thousands more ill.

She stopped just short of saying Tory Leader Tim Hudak's planned job cuts would cause another tragedy.

"Standing here in Walkerton, my message to the people of Ontario is as important as it is clear: decisions have consequences, cuts have consequences, safe drinking water is not an optional service," said Wynne.

"We need to learn from, and avoid returning to the mistakes of Ontario's past."

Wynne warned voters that Hudak's plan will reduce the quality of key services and could put people's safety at risk.

"You cannot fire teachers without affecting the quality of education that our children receive," she said. …

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