Ontario's Leaders 2018/Courtesy of CP24News
Ottawa, May 31 (Canadian-Media): Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives (PCs) leader Doug Ford on Wednesday released a delayed compilation of their campaign promises Wednesday, which did not explain how he will fund his pledges, media reports said.
When Ford was asked if the document was the party’s final plan, Melissa Lantsman, Ford’s spokeswoman replied by email that it was their final plan and added, "We are going to balance the budget in a responsible way.”
Both Andrea Horwath, New Democratic Party (NDP) leader and Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Liberal Party (Liberals) leader were critical of Ford's release of the unexplained full plan Wednesday.
“All of the things that Doug Ford has said would add up to a $40-billion hole and they have no idea how they would find that,” Wynne said.
“What’s worrisome is we have a leader who’s trying to take the chair of the premier in this province and he’s not being honest with people,” Horwath said.
PCs, leading in the beginning of the campaign, were soon overtaken by NDP but Liberals were left much behind both parties.
With the Ontario election just a week away, Wynne portrayed herself as the only person in the campaign capable of rising above the ideological fray.
She attacked both Horwath and Ford, at a stop in Hamilton outside a Stelco steel plant, for their lack of experience to defend themselves from the threat of American steel tariffs.
The United States had exempted Canada from new steel and aluminum tariffs on an interim basis which would reportedly expire on Friday.
“Over the past year, I have met with 37 governors, I have met with senators...with senior members of the U.S. administration, all in an attempt to make it clear what our integrated relationship means to workers on both sides of the border,” said Wynne.
Wynne said she had worked hard with employees, business leaders, and political leaders on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border and had, under a Liberal government, developed one of the strongest economies in North America
Wynne commented that both her two rivals lacked experience.
Portrayed herself as a champion of steel and steelworkers, Horwath rejected Wynne’s comments as “trying to stir up some trouble," and added she had been all along supporting steel and aluminum industry.
“Should I be given the opportunity to serve as premier I will be one of the biggest champions the steel industry has ever seen,” Horwath said. “It has literally, not only built our country and fuelled the economy of a nation, but it has absolutely and completely … built my city.”