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Wynne denies Horwath claim she intends to privatize TTC

By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

TORONTO - 

It was a barrage of claims and counterclaims on the provincial election trail Monday as the three political leaders tore through suburbs around Toronto.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath accused Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne of planning to privatize the TTC.

The Ontario Liberals have already brought for-profit private sector partners into the electricity system, Horwath said.

“The Liberals have a very bad track record when it comes to the privatization of work that gets done in Ontario,” she said. “We’re quite concerned their past behaviour will continue when it comes to transit.”

Wynne said she had no idea where Horwath got that idea.

“It’s completely made up,” Wynne said.

The Liberals, meanwhile, said PC Leader Tim Hudak was “already showing” hypocrisy by visiting a Toronto-area company Monday that benefits from a music fund set up by Wynne, one the Tories voted against in last year’s budget.

Hudak would not commit to keeping the Ontario Music Fund, saying only that his priorities will be the economy and bringing the provincial books back into balance.

“They’re very charming individuals,” Hudak said of his opponents, but added the province needs a premier with laser-like focus on job creation.

Horwath challenged her opponents to five debates in this provincial election campaign.

“I am calling on you to join me for leaders’ debates on real issues facing families,” Horwath said in an open letter Monday to Hudak and Wynne. “I’m proposing a total of five debates with at least one focused exclusively on jobs and the economy.”

The three provincial leaders were in the GTA Monday with Wynne visiting Richmond Hill and, later, Milton to meet with Oakville Liberal Kevin Flynn and Burlington Liberal candidate Eleanor McMahon.

Horwath toured Brampton, while Hudak was in Mississauga.

Provincial leaders usually have a large televised debate and often a separate debate that focuses on issues in northern Ontario.

Horwath said in her letter that Ontarians want to see the differing visions that political parties are putting forward for the province.

The three parties have not yet released their election platforms, although Wynne and the Liberals are running on her budget which was introduced last week.


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