Newspaper article The Canadian Press

An NDP Government Could Mean Endless Strikes, High Unemployment, Rivals Warn

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

An NDP Government Could Mean Endless Strikes, High Unemployment, Rivals Warn

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Ontario NDP's plan under Liberal, Tory attack

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TORONTO - If you believe Doug Ford and Kathleen Wynne, an NDP government would bring Ontario indefinite strikes, high unemployment, skyrocketing taxes and farmlands lost to wind turbines.

The Progressive Conservative leader and the Liberal premier raised the alarm Wednesday about what they consider the risks of supporting the New Democrats, after recent polls suggest the party is tied with the Tories for the most support with two weeks left until the provincial election.

Ford called the prospect of an NDP government "scary," saying the party would sacrifice farmlands for wind turbines against the wishes of rural communities.

He also invoked former NDP premier Bob Rae in suggesting the province would return to high unemployment and high taxes and see companies leave en masse if NDP Leader Andrea Horwath were to seize the reins on June 7.

"It would actually be scary and I think everyone in the province realizes that once we shed light on the NDP, that they've had a free ride for this whole campaign. The free ride's over," he said.

Wynne, who has repeatedly framed the NDP platform as unachievable in recent days, zeroed in on the party's stance against back-to-work legislation.

Speaking at an election campaign stop in Toronto, Wynne said that while she believes in the collective bargaining process, the government needs a tool to use when that process hits a wall.

"So she is saying she would take that tool off the table," she said.

"It's that kind of impracticality, when you ask me what (are) the indications, those are the indications their plan is not workable and people need to examine that."

Horwath told the Toronto Star that she couldn't imagine a scenario in which she would use back-to-work legislation, as the Liberal government did to end a five-week strike by college faculty last year. …

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