Critics come down on Wynne government's first throne speech

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MPP Jim McDonell

The reaction was swift and damning from critics of Premier Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government throne speech Tuesday.

"The Ontario Government’s Throne Speech was full of generalities and motherhood statements but short on details," said local NDP association president Brian Lynch. "The proof of the Liberal Government’s intentions will be what it puts in the spring budget.

"The minority Liberal Government will survive or fall depending on what it includes in the budget."

But Wynne's minority Liberal government won the temporary support of the NDP, ensuring its survival for the time being.

Local Tory MPP Jim McDonell was displeased.

“This Throne Speech amazes me not with its content, but with its omissions," said McDonell. "Beyond the reaffirming of McGuinty’s legacy and very vague, generic statements, the Speech from the Throne bound the Government to no commitment on job creation or a real target for spending restraint.

"This is the time to make bold, confident decisions. Kathleen Wynne has no intention of doing that."

The Liberal throne speech specified the intent to work with the two opposition parties whose support the Grits need to stay in power.

The government says it will reduce spending to battle the Ontario’s debt and plans to eliminate the deficit by 2018.

Organizations: New Democratic Party, NDP association

Geographic location: Ontario

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