Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is trying to find some common ground with the leaders of the opposition parties ahead of her government’s budget.
Wynne met with the NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Thursday.
Horwath said she didn’t get any commitments but describes it as a fairly straight-up conversation.
“I left the meeting with an understanding that the Premier is very, very clear on the issues that we’ve raised,” Horwath said.
The minority Liberal government’s upcoming budget needs the backing of at least one of the opposition parties or the government will collapse and it will force an election.
Horwath added that she can’t say if Wynne will do enough to avert a spring election.
“The real determinant will be when we see the budget and see what the government has decided to do,” Horwath said.
Horwath said the 15-minute meeting was at the request of the Premier.
Wynne said it was a good conversation, but there weren’t any concrete commitments.
“Lip service is one thing but results is something else altogether,” Wynne said. “The proof will be in the pudding when we see the budget.”
Some of the tougher NDP demands include a 15 per cent cut to auto insurance rates and the elimination of some corporate tax credits.
Wynne also sat down with Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak on Wednesday but he’s all about a spring election.
“It’s clear the direction they want to go, which I think is regrettable, it’s going to dig us into a deeper hole, with more spending and probably higher taxes to pay for it and less jobs,” Hudak said.
The Liberal budget is expected to be presented next month.