TORONTO, Ont. – Premier Kathleen Wynne’s throne speech promised to make the minority government work by including ideas that the opposition could support Tuesday.
But the Tories did not like what they were hearing.
“I just think the approach that says, a little bit of PC, a little bit of NDP and a whole lot of Dalton McGuinty isn’t going to get us out of this mess,” said Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.
“The only way we get Ontario back on the right track is to change the team that leads this province.”
Hudak said his party would vote against the speech.
“Ontario can turn things around. We’ve done it before, we’ve dusted ourselves off,” he said.
“Ontario can be great again but we need a substantial change in direction. We didn’t see that today.”
“[Wynne] chose to entrench the McGuinty agenda, instead of doing something bold, courageous and new to get us out of this mess,” Hudak said.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she will support the throne speech, which means the minority government will survive for now.
However, she issued an ultimatum, saying if she does not see her demands in the spring budget, her party will vote against it.
“I have to tell the premier really loudly and clearly that the people of this province are tired of talk, I’m tired of talk,” she said.
“I want some action and they need some action and we’ve set out some pretty achievable, actionable items and we expect them in the budget.”
Horwath described Tuesday’s throne speech as “extremely vague.”
Among the six items she listed was a reduction in car insurance rates.
“Some of the things that the premier talked about in the throne speech are things that sound a little bit promising but there’s certainly no commitments there that are real and that’s what we need in the budget that’s upcoming,” she said.
The Liberals’ throne speech promised to pay down Ontario’s $12-billion deficit.