Kathleen Wynne: 'We know that there are challenges ahead'
Premier will recall Ontario legislature on July 2
A day after leading her Liberal Party to a surprising majority win, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she is eager to implement her plan and reintroduce her budget when the legislature resumes on July 2.
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Wynne, leader of a minority Liberal government since winning her party's leadership last year, guided the party to a 59-seat win Thursday night. The Progressive Conservatives finished with 27 seats and the NDP took 21 seats.
Only one Liberal incumbent — Teresa Piruzza in Windsor West — lost as the Liberals captured three key ridings in the Greater Toronto area that were formerly held by the NDP.
On Friday, Wynne said she is keen to get back to work after a hard-fought campaign.
"I'm very eager to move to implement our budget and the plan that we brought forward."
Wynne said she will name a new cabinet before recalling the legislature on July 2. After the throne speech, Wynne will reintroduce a budget that the NDP refused to support in early May, an act that triggered Thursday's election.
Wynne said that while she was "thrilled" to have won a majority, she also felt a sense of responsibility. She spent much of the campaign answering questions about how the Liberals under previous premier Dalton McGuinty handled the costly decision to relocate two gas plants ahead of the 2011 election.
Gas plant committee continues work
Wynne also said the legislature committee looking into the gas plant scandal will be recalled so its members can "complete their report." She said it will be up to the committee to decide whether or not new witnesses will be called to testify.
"I made a commitment that we would recall the committee and that they would now be able to move to complete their report and advise the government on how to make sure that such a thing never happens again," she said.
Wynne also said she will continue work to eliminate the province's $12.5-billion deficit by 2017-18.
"We know that there are challenges ahead," said Wynne. "We are facing uncertain times and the recovery is just starting to take hold. I am fully aware of the challenge in front of us."
Wynne, at times critical of Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the 2014 election campaign, said she plans to work with the government in Ottawa.
"I will do my very best to work with all levels of government," she said.