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Ontario Liberals threaten election after NDP ‘breaks its word’ on budget
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty threatened to take Ontario to a general election Thursday if the opposition parties couldn’t agree on a deal to pass the budget.
“This is about Ontario’s economic livelihood and our ability to continue steering the province in the right direction in these challenging times,” McGuinty said in a statement.
“It’s absolutely imperative that we pass this budget. And if we cannot pass this budget, we will take it to the people in a general election.”
The NDP had appeared ready to support the minority Liberal budget in exchange for a new tax on incomes over $500,000, and to get more hearings into the fiscal plan before next week’s vote.
But on Thursday, McGuinty accused NDP leader Andrea Horwath of reneging on the deal.
“Earlier today, the NDP turned their backs — yet again — on an agreement to pass our budget,” McGuinty said. “They joined forces with the PCs to gut the government’s budget bill.
“The consequences of the NDP’s latest backtrack would hurt our economy when what it needs most is stability and certainty. Andrea Horwath and her party have, for the second time, broken their word about passing this budget.”