Ontario leaders’ election debate a snooze fest
TORONTO – The transcript of the final faceoff that took place on Tuesday evening at 6:30pm between Liberal leader Kathleen
Wynne, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and NDP’s Andrea Horwath just left bad taste in the mouths of many as
the movie was more of a repeat telecast with all the leaders saying what they had said several times – gas plant scandal in
power corridors, job cuts in public sector and slashing auto insurance. During the 90-minute debate Wynne most of time on the defensive, admitted that public money was wasted and public good was sacrificed but vowed not to repeat the mistake again.
However, she attacked Hudak that his policies would push the province into another recession as cutting 100,000 jobs means
adding to the woes of that many families. Taking a bolder stance Hudak professed in wake of failure to provide a million jobs,
he will resign. But Horwath added he made a basic math mistake. Hudak also claimed to purge the treasury of a $12.5-billion deficit burden in two years no matter what. Horwath was not impressed. The debate, where leaders were asked six questions was more between Wynne and Hudak while Horwath made occasional comments. The topics dominating the discussion ranged from
creation of jobs, education, transit, budget deficit and good governance. As the discussion proceeded ahead in the evening,
it became obvious on Ontario voters that it was nothing short of a comedy of errors as the sharp eye of live camera did not
spare their fumbles and mumbles with many asking, what was the big fuss about?
QUOTES OF THE EVENING
Wynne for Hudak: I hear the passion in Mr. Hudak’s voice.
Hudak for Horwath: That’s not leadership, that’s a rubber stamp.
Horwath for Hudak: Your tough medicine is not Buckley’s. It
tastes awful, and it’s not going to work.
Polls in Ontario will be held on June 12 when voters will decide the fate of the trio