By Mac Christie, Review Staff
Ontarians will be going to the polls this spring.
NDP leader Andrew Horwath this morning (May 2) announced her party would be voting against the Wynne Liberals’ $130-billion budget, which will spark a spring election.
In a press release, Horwath said she has lost confidence in the Liberal government amid mounting scandal and waste and that it’s time for change.
“The Liberal budget is a mad dash to escape scandal by promising the moon and the stars,” she said. “It is time for a government that stands up for middle class families. It is time for a government that respect’s people’s tax dollars.”
Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak had previously made it clear his party would be opposing the budget.
The minority Liberals included a number of NDP-friendly items in the bill and had given Horwath a deadline of May 8 to make a decision on the budget.
Some of the highlights of the now-defeated budget included a pension plan for people without a pension, a $3-billion spending increase, and $29 billion for transportation transit, including $15 billion for the Hamilton area.
The election is expected to take place on June 12.
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MPP Ted McMeekin will be running for re-election in the upcoming vote. He will be opposed by Progressive Conservative candidate Donna Skelly.
School board trustee Alex Johnstone and CUPE agent Nancy MacBain are seeking to carry the New Democratic Party banner. Provincial riding association president Rebeccca Strong said the nomination meeting will take place May 14.
Erik Coverdale contested the seat for the Green Party in the last election, but the party has not yet had a nomination meeting for this election.
In the 2011 election McMeekin defeated Skelly by a 4,000-vote margin. NDP candidate Trevor Westerhoff finished third.