Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath speaks to the media at a news conference at Queen's Park in Toronto on Friday, June 15, 2012. Horwath is accused by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty of backtracking on a pledge to support his budget, and the Liberal leader has threatened to call a snap election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young The Canadian Press
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said this morning she will not support the minority Liberals' budget, a move that would send the province into a provincial election in June.
"I have lost confidence in Kathleen Wynne and her ability to deliver," Horwath said Friday. "I cannot in good conscience support a government that people don’t trust anymore."
Horwath's announcement comes a day after she stayed silent as the Liberals released their budget on Thursday.
On Friday, she listed a number of scandals she says have caused her to lose confidence in the Wynne government. She also pointed to a number of undelivered Liberal promises.
Wynne had given Horwath a May 8 deadline to indicate whether she would support the budget. With Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak already indicating he would not back it, the decision of whether to keep the Wynne government alive fell into Horwath's hands.
"This budget is not a solid plan for the future," she said. "It's a mad dash to escape the scandals. It's time for change. We do not support this government any longer."
Will Wynne wait for budget vote?
With the Progressive Conservatives and NDP vowing to vote against the budget, the Liberal government appears poised to fall on what amounts to a confidence vote in the legislature.
Wynne could decide not to wait for the budget votes — there will actually be two — and could ask the lieutenant governor to dissolve the legislature and call an election.
Several large labour groups, including Unifor and the Ontario Federation of Labour, urged the NDP to pass the budget and avoid an election, but public-sector unions complained the fiscal plan puts jobs at risk.
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