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Wynne stands by candidate, ad targeting NDP

By Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne addresses the media after participating in the Breast Cancer Society of Canada’s 2014 Mother’s Day Walk in Mississauga on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne addresses the media after participating in the Breast Cancer Society of Canada’s 2014 Mother’s Day Walk in Mississauga on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

MISSISSAUGA - 

Politicians of all stripes make faux pas, including the Liberals, leader Kathleen Wynne admitted on the campaign trail Sunday.

Liberal candidate Jack Uppal, for Nepean-Carlton, had to apologize last week for one of his Facebook postings that claimed men’s brains are better at solving problems than a women’s noggin.

The first female premier of the province said she’s forgiven Uppal and his posting.

“He has apologized and the remarks have been taken down ... he remains a candidate,” Wynne said while campaigning in Streetsville at a Breast Cancer of Canada Society walk.

“I don’t subscribe to that theory (of the superior male brain) in anyway at all,” she said.

PC women’s issues critic Laurie Scott said Uppal should be forced to step down for the “offensive” and sexist” comments.

“Decisive action should be taken because an apology isn’t enough,” Scott said. “Are the Liberals having such a hard time to get people to run?”

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, meanwhile, announced her party’s plan to spend $100 million towards licensed daycare centres to keep them affordable.

“I know there is no greater concern than making sure your child is looked after while parents go to work,” Horwath said Sunday in Hamilton. “Families are telling me there are fewer and fewer affordable child-care spaces in their communities.

“Our plan will support families by making sure licensed child care is available and affordable.”

Wynne responded by saying the NDP rejected her party’s budget even though it invested in areas like child care.

She noted a new Liberal commercial isn’t targeting Horwath, instead it highlights proposals the NDP rejected, sparking the June 12 election.

In the ad, Wynne, who has said she doesn’t support personal attacks in campaign ads, asks, “Is Andrea Horwath for real?”

“It’s my voice in the ad because that budget was very personal to me,” Wynne said, adding the rejected budget was the way to go.

“It would have been better if we got this budget passed.”


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