By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, calling the Progressive Conservative’s accusations about her involvement in the gas plant scandal “untrue” and “irresponsible,” is prepared to take legal action against Tory leader Tim Hudak and his party if they don’t stop the allegations.
“I am happy to debate the merits of gas plants placements,” said Wynne at McMaster University March 30. “I am not happy when there are allegations that are untrue, that are unsupported, and which are irresponsible.”
Earlier in the day Wynne, who took part in the Around the Bay Road Race in Hamilton running in the 5k portion of the event, sent a letter to Hudak calling accusations that she was involved in the scandal “false, misleading and defamatory” and “represent the worst kind of politics.”
Wynne and her staff confirmed she has consulted with legal representatives about pursuing a case against the Progressive Conservative party. Any legal action will not involve taxpayer money, Wynne’s staff said.
She is demanding the Tory caucus, including Hudak, stop making these “untrue statements,” and remove from the PC Party website those same allegations.
“I don’t want to have an atmosphere of anger and mistrust and unsupported statements,” she told an enthusiastic crowd.
Wynne states in the March 30 letter that if “steps are not taken immediately, I will have no choice but to take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure your false statements are corrected.”
The accusations that Hudak and the party’s energy critic MPP Lisa MacLeod have made alleging Wynne was involved in the gas plant scandal remains on the party’s website.
Last week Hudak stated that Wynne “oversaw and possibly ordered the criminal destruction of documents to cover up the gas plant scandal. I mean, what more do you need than to change government?
It was revealed that the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating former Premier Dalton McGuinty’s chief of staff, David Livingston for breach of trust. The investigation involves access by an outside person to computers of employees in the premier’s office.
The NDP and the Tories have called for a public inquiry, with NDP leader Andrea Horwath also urging for the appointment of a special prosecutor.
During her speech to about 300 people, including area provincial Liberal candidates, attendingHamiltoncabinet minister Ted McMeekin’s nomination meeting, she took a few shots at both parties.
She compared Hudak’s Tories to the former Mike Harris PC government that “picked fights with everyone.
Wynne also called out Horwath and the NDP for ignoring important social justice issues, while also failing to have a plan to govern the province.
But she left her strongest comments for her own Liberals, who will not back down from an election fight if it happens in the spring.
Her upcoming budget will address vital needs for the province, including transit and infrastructure, and will not be determined by the opposition parties.
“We are not going left, we are not going right, we are going straight ahead,” said Wynne. “We will win the next election.”