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Kathleen Wynne to visit Sudbury on Friday

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Feb 20, 2014 - 7:35 PM |
Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, is seen in this August 2013 file photo with NDP MPP Frances Gelinas during a tour of Crossworks Manufacturing's diamond-cutting and polishing factory in Sudbury. Wynne will be in Sudbury again on Friday, as talk of a spring election heats up. File photo.

Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, is seen in this August 2013 file photo with NDP MPP Frances Gelinas during a tour of Crossworks Manufacturing's diamond-cutting and polishing factory in Sudbury. Wynne will be in Sudbury again on Friday, as talk of a spring election heats up. File photo.

Ontario premier will be on hand for mine opening

With signs of an impending provincial election everywhere you look, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will be in town Friday morning for a mine opening.

Wynne will be joined by Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle for the official opening of Totten Mine in Worthington. Wynne and Gravelle will take part in the ceremony at 11 a.m., with photos and media availability to follow.

The premier is headed for a showdown with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who has vowed to sink the minority Liberals if their budget raises taxes on the middle class. Wynne has refused to back down on her plan to hike gas taxes to fund major transit infrastructure work in Toronto, setting the stage for a spring election.

Horwath will make another trip to Sudbury on March 16, to attend the formal nomination of MPP France Gelinas in Nickel Belt. She was last in town in January to tour Stack Brewing and to support Sudbury NDP candidate Joe Cimino.

Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, who has vowed to defeat Wynne as soon as possible, was last in town in summer 2013. No word on whether Hudak plans a return visit.

The Liberals have yet to nominate a candidate to replace Rick Bartolucci, the longtime Sudbury MPP and cabinet minister who is stepping down. Businessman Andrew Olivier and engineer Elise Adnani are running, but a date for the nomination meeting has not been set.

The Tory candidate in Sudbury is Paula Peroni, a separate school board trustee. In Nickel Belt, it's driving instructor Marck Blay. 

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