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Possible PC-NDP coalition 'bullspit': Horwath

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jun 10, 2014 - 1:40 PM |
ESSEX, Ont. - It's "bullspit" that the New Democrats would form a coalition with the Progressive Conservatives after Thursday's election, party leader Andrea Horwath said Tuesday.

Her remarks — using a phrase she credited to a colourful former New Democrat, the late Peter Kormos — come after she was hammered by the Liberals with accusations she would support the Tories in a minority government situation.

She has been asked for days at press conferences whether she would rule out formal coalitions or propping up either the Liberals or the PCs in a minority government

Horwath's go-to answer has been to say she could not support Hudak's plan to cut 100,000 public sector jobs, nor would she support "corrupt" Liberals, though she hadn't explicitly ruled out any scenario until Tuesday.

"I'm going to say very clearly: I call bullspit on the idea that we will have a coalition with Tim Hudak," Horwath said at an early-morning rally in Essex.

She was spending one of the final days of the campaign on a swing through southern and southwestern Ontario, with stops in Essex, London, Brantford and Waterloo.

Horwath says she is going to respect the decision of voters when they cast their ballots on Thursday, and she trusts that people will elect a government that "makes sense for the people" — one of the NDP's election slogans.

Minority governments aren't as stable as majorities, as they don't have enough seats to have the power to control the outcome of votes. Every time there's a confidence vote — such as a budget or a speech from the throne — and if it doesn't pass, it can trigger an election.

But if the other two parties form an alliance, the lieutenant-governor can decide that they have the confidence of the legislature and allow them to form a government. A formal coalition government sees the supporting party get ministers in cabinet.

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