Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says he suspects Ontario's governing Liberals are trying to engineer a snap election this fall.
Hudak was clearly disappointed after meeting privately Wednesday with Kathleen Wynne, saying the premier doesn't seem to have any ideas to create jobs and boost the economy.
He says the procedural fight over a bill to ban teens from using tanning beds — which all three parties support — turned into a circus and shows the Liberals are itching for a quick election.
Hudak says rather than waiting for a budget next spring, which would be a confidence vote, the Liberals may want to roll the dice now and go to the polls.
The PC leader was also critical that the Liberals made it public that he would be meeting with the premier. Hudak said the government had done the same thing when Dalton McGuinty was premier, and he didn’t like it then either.
"Dalton McGuinty played this game where before I could even have a meeting with him, he'd be telling the media about the meeting and trying to spin it," Hudak said when speaking with reporters at the legislature.
"I don't think that’s helpful if you actually want to get something done for the province."
Wynne threatened to call an election earlier this week if the Opposition would not agree to co-operate and help pass a number of non-controversial bills, including the tanning bed legislation.
The Liberals complain they still haven't been able to schedule a meeting between Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.
But Horwath told reporters later on Thursday that she is supposed to meet with the premier on Monday afternoon.
The NDP leader said that she intends to press the premier about the "things that we want to see achieved in this session."
Asked whether she believes Wynne will be asking the New Democrats to help the government pass legislation, Horwath said that her party is ready to work on behalf of Ontario.
"You know, I think it’s pretty clear that what we continue to see from the Liberals is political games being played around here," she said.
"I think it's clear that when we say that there is legislation that everybody agrees on, we’re prepared to work on it and get it passed."
The legislature began its fall session this week.
A set of summer byelections have changed the party standings slightly, with the minority Liberals now holding just 50 of the 107 seats in the legislature.
The Progressive Conservatives hold 37 seats and the New Democrats the remaining 20 seats.