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McCallion endorses Wynne, calls gas plant scandal 'water under the bridge'

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion wants Ontarians to forget about the billion-dollar cancelled gas plant scandal and vote Liberal in the June 12 provincial election.

McCallion officially threw her support behind Kathleen Wynne on Wednesday, saying it’s time for Ontarians to put the cancelled gas plant scandal to bed. The two cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga cost taxpayers $1.1 billion.

McCallion thinks voters have to wipe the slate clean and “look at the issues” affecting Ontarians.

“This gas plant has taken over far too much,” she said. “Terrible mistake, water under the bridge. Let’s get on with putting the province of Ontario back on track.”

Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has accused Wynne of being behind a plan to wipe computer hard drives in the premier’s office to hide documents related to the gas plant cancellations.

Wynne in turn filed a libel notice against Hudak, calling the allegations “false and defamatory.”

McCallion also said she’s pleased with the way Wynne’s Liberal government deals with municipalities, while being fearful of Hudak’s vow to cut 100,000 public servant jobs.

“I supported her as leader of the Liberal party and I still support her as leader of the province,” McCallion said from Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre. “We have had a good relationship with this government.”

“I’m concerned about (Hudak’s) announcement of 100,000 civil servants being eliminated,” she added, saying all Ontarians would face a diminished quality of life under such cuts.

McCallion called transit and infrastructure funding the biggest issues facing Mississauga, and she urged the federal government to provide more money.

“The federal government has not treated Ontario fairly,” she said.

McCallion also said municipalities are hurt by a minority government.

“The last thing the province needs is a minority government. A minority government leaves us as municipalities hanging out there not knowing what legislation can get through the house and what can’t.”