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Kathleen Wynne admits Doug Ford is giving her sleepless nights

Posted on 09 May 2018 by admin

As the Ontario election campaign gets under way, the Liberal Premier says she cannot figure how the Progressive Conservative Leader can claim his scheme to cut $6 billion from services in the province is actually going to help people.

As the Ontario election officially begins, Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne admits Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is giving her sleepless nights.

On the eve of the dropping of the writ for the June 7 vote, Wynne told the Legislature that something Ford asked her at Monday’s CityNews debate had stayed with her.

“I have been thinking about it overnight. And you know how at 3:30 a.m. in the morning, you come up with the best answers? That was me, 3:30 a.m. this morning — I came up with the best answers,” the premier said Tuesday.

“This particular question is the one that was bedevilling me. The question was … from Doug Ford. We had been talking about how he believed cutting $6 billion from services in the province was actually going to help people. He couldn’t come up with an answer to that,” said Wynne.

“I don’t know, maybe at 3:30 a.m. in the morning he’s found the answer. Maybe we’ll hear that today,” she said.

“He asked me when I lost my way. I haven’t lost my way. I have never lost my way.”

Wynne, who leads a party that has been in government since 2003, touted the unemployment rate at 5.5 per cent, rising wages and enriched services, such as pharmacare and free college and university tuition for low- and middle-income students.

In a shot at Ford, she reminded voters that the last time Ontarians elected a Conservative premier promising “efficiencies,” the province’s public services were cut.

 “We saw that movie. We saw what happened. We saw kids falling through the cracks. We saw teachers being taken out of schools. We saw nurses being taken out of hospitals. We saw hospitals being closed,” she said.

“I’m a Liberal because I believe in practical problem-solving. I don’t believe, as the NDP does, that business is inherently evil. I don’t believe, as the Conservatives do, that government is inherently evil. I believe that there are solutions to problems that can be found if we work together.”

Ford said Wynne is out of time.

“She got into politics for the right reason, but I truly believe she’s lost her way,” said the Tory leader.

He made his comments as he promised to scrap the updated sex-education curriculum, which is unpopular with social conservatives, and “discovery math” in schools.

“I want an education system that respects parents and focuses on the fundamentals,” said Ford.

“Unfortunately, under Kathleen Wynne, our schools have been turned into social laboratories and our kids into test subjects for whatever special interests and so-called experts that have captured Kathleen Wynne’s ear.”

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she, herself, has momentum because there is a thirst for change in the province.

“You don’t have to go from bad to worse,” said Horwath, referring to Wynne and Ford.

“Our health-care system is at stake. From health-care to hydro, people have an important decision to make,” she said.

“I’m glad … (to be) able to show folks they don’t have to be bouncing back and forth between Liberals and Conservatives.”

Where the major party leaders stand on key issues:

Hydro:

Wynne: Continue Fair Hydro Plan of 25 per cent rebates funded by borrowed money.

Ford: Add to the Liberal Fair Hydro Plan by continuing to borrow money and divert dividends from Hydro One shares back to ratepayers to reduce bills by an extra 12 per cent.

Horwath: Scrap Liberal Fair Hydro Plan and buy back Hydro One and reduce bills by 30 per cent through conservation and other measures.

Child care:

Wynne: Free child care for all families with children aged between two-and-a-half and junior kindergarten.

Ford: A means-tested rebate that will refund up to 75 per cent of a family’s child care costs depending upon their income.

Horwath: Free child-care for low-income families, and implementing $12 a day fees, on average, for others.

Minimum wage:

Wynne: Increase the $14-an-hour minimum wage to $15 next Jan. 1.

Ford: Freeze the minimum wage at $14-an-hour to give business certainty.

Horwath: Increase the $14-an-hour minimum wage to $15 next Jan. 1.

Taxes:

Wynne: Preserve corporate tax rate of 11.5 per cent.

Ford: Eliminate the provincial income tax for low-income earners and lower the corporate tax from 11.5 per cent to 10.5 per cent.

Horwath: Increase corporate tax rate to 13 per cent from 11.5 per cent, hike taxes on those who earn more than $220,000 a year.

Education:

Wynne: Keep the sex-education curriculum and continue free college and university tuition for most low- and middle-income students.

Ford: Eliminate “discovery math” and revamp the sex-education curriculum.

Horwath: Eliminate the standardized Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) testing for students.

 

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