Ontario election 2014: What will the leaders do first if elected?
Whether it's for the first 20, 30 or 100 days, all three main leaders have tabled their to-do lists
All three of Ontario’s major party leaders have laid out their immediate to-do list they hope to complete should they become premier.
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Whether it happens within 20, 30 or 100 days, each leader has promised to make an impact early.
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has the longest to-do list — 12 items in all. He’s also given himself the most time to get it done.
He says if elected, he would put several of his campaign pledges in place within his first 100 days.
Some of those promises include:
- A government wage and hiring freeze.
- Launching a judicial probe into the gas plants scandal.
- Cutting cabinet from 27 ministers to 16.
"We need a premier who's going to clean up this mess and this starts in our first 100 days with a judicial inquiry," Hudak said Friday.
Hudak says he is confident he could push through the changes in the 100-day time span, but dodged a question on whether he would resign if he failed to make them happen.
"I'm so confident in my plan that if I don't carry through and keep my promises in the Million Jobs Plan, I'll resign, I'll step down from office," Hudak said during Tuesday night’s televised leaders debate.
Hudak also said Friday he would move swiftly with steps to balance the books by 2016-17 and create jobs, saying, "hope is coming" for those looking for work.
Respect for Ontarians Act
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has a shorter list of things to do and has given herself a tighter timeline to get them done.
Horwath said Thursday that she will introduce the "Respect for Ontarians Act" within 30 days should her party form government.
She said the act will close loopholes in the ban on partisan government advertising and expand the Ombudsman's oversight into health care, long-term care and the Ornge air ambulance service.
"New Democrats are determined, if we're given the opportunity, to work day-in and day-out to try and rebuild trust in government for the people of Ontario," Horwath said Thursday. "This act is going to be an important step in that regard."
Horwath has been spending much of the campaign leading up to the June 12 election trying to frame Kathleen Wynne's Liberals as "corrupt."
Horwath says the Liberals have put their self interest ahead of the public interest, and an NDP government would "clean that stuff up."
Re-introduction of Liberal budget
Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne has offered a simple plan.
A re-elected Liberal government would bring back the Ontario Legislature within 20 days of the June 12 election and re-introduce the budget that triggered the vote.
"If we are re-elected, we will have been re-elected on the plan that we have brought forward to the people of Ontario, and that's the plan that we'll be ready to implement," Wynne said earlier this week.
Hudak said the Liberals are only offering "more of the same from Day One."
No new spending was announced when Wynne unveiled her party's platform almost two weeks ago, but Wynne has been more specific about where previously announced money is going to be spent.
For northern Ontario, $1 billion would be available immediately for the Ring of Fire mining development.
There were pledges to spend money from a promised $29-billion transit fund on such things as expanding the Kitchener Waterloo LRT to Cambridge. And, there would be more GO Transit options to connect Brantford and the Niagara Region to the Greater Toronto Area under the Liberal plan.