UPDATE: NDP says it won't support Grit budget

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CORNWALL, Ontario - It looks like Ontarians will be headed to the polls within weeks.

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horvath signaled Friday morning her party will not vote in favour of the Liberal budget tabled Thursday, or any other confidence motion.

It likely means the minority government at Queen's Park will be dissolved in advance of an election later this spring.

John Earle, the local Liberal candidate, said no one wants an election this soon.

"I bet there's a lot of Conservatives you will talk to as well who don't want it either," he said.

Not true, says local Tory MPP Jim McDonell.

"We get people into our office every day saying they're looking for change," he said, pointing to what he feels is a lacklustre effort by the Liberals to secure well-paying jobs in small communities like Cornwall. "We've seen over the last 10 years the manufacturing jobs are leaving.

"And that is not changing."

Earle attacked the NDP for what looks like a political double standard.

"This is a dream NDP budget," he said. "It is exactly the budget they would release if they were in power.

"(Horvath) is caught between a rock and a hard place. How long does she support the minority Liberal government? She's probably getting pressure from within her party."

McDonell said he is looking forward to an election, which pundits suggest could be set for June 12, to change the leadership at Queen's Park.

"We just need a solid budget and (a foundation) for jobs," he said.

Organizations: NDP, Queen's

Geographic location: Ontario

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  • John
    May 02, 2014 - 19:35

    This is not a dream NDP Budget, how many drinks did you have before you made that comment?