Horwath looking for 'goodwill' from next Liberal leader
New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath says she is willing to work with the incoming Liberal leader, provided that he or she brings "goodwill" to the table.
Horwath said she is hoping that the new leader will move quickly to recall the Ontario legislature, so that elected members can get back to work.
Her preference is to sit down with the new leader and "get some things done for Ontarians," Horwath said, when asked about her stance on a possible coalition with the government.
"I'm hoping that whoever it is that’s elected to leader of the [Ontario] Liberal Party comes to the job with some goodwill," Horwath said Tuesday when speaking with reporters at Queen’s Park.
Within two weeks, the Liberals will elect a new leader to replace the departing Premier Dalton McGuinty, who has led the party for more than 16 years.
There are six candidates still in contention for the premier’s job, down from an initial total of seven after Glen Murray dropped out of the leadership race.
Just 10 days ahead of the Ontario Liberal leadership convention, two candidates — Sandra Pupatello and Kathleen Wynne — are in the lead, in terms of the committed first-ballot support from elected delegates.
But Horwath said she does not have a preference as to who claims the top job in the Ontario Liberal Party.
"The person who is elected as the Liberal leader is irrelevant in regards to who they are as an individual," she said.
"What's more important to me is how they are prepared to work to try to get things done."