NDP says it will vote against Ontario's budget

By: The Canadian Press

 | May 02, 2014 - 10:29 AM |
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath is pictured in the Ontario Legislature on April 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath is pictured in the Ontario Legislature on April 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Stage set for June election

TORONTO - Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says she has lost confidence in Premier Kathleen Wynne and the province's minority Liberal government, setting the stage for a June election.

Horwath says the Liberals haven't kept the promises they made to the NDP in last year's budget, so she can't trust them to keep the 70 new promises made in Thursday's budget.

She calls the budget a "mad dash" to escape scandals surrounding the cancellation of gas plants and the Ornge air ambulance service by promising voters "the stars and the moon."

The Progressive Conservatives vowed to vote against the budget even before they saw it, and Horwath says the NDP will join them to defeat the fiscal plan on a confidence vote.

However, Wynne could decide not to wait for the budget votes _ there will actually be two _ and could ask the Lieutenant Governor to dissolve the legislature and call an election.

Several large labour groups, including the Unifor union and the Ontario Federation of Labour, urged the NDP to pass the budget and avoid an election, but public sector unions complained the fiscal plan puts jobs at risk.

The New Democrats propped up the Liberals in the last two budgets, but negotiated major changes in each including a tax on incomes over $500,000 and a 15 per cent average cut in auto insurance premiums.

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