Premier Kathleen Wynne has drawn a line in the sand.
She’s saying that if the Opposition parties don’t support non-controversial legislation like better cell phone contracts and restrictions on the use of tanning beds, she’ll pull the plug on the Legislature and force an election.
She’s basically calling out the PC’s and NDP , asking them if they want to play partisan politics or try to make minority government work.
It’s a big gamble for Wynne, considering that it seems that the honeymoon period for her new government is over and they’re trailing in the polls again.
Minority governments who are running in second place don’t usually force an election.
The Liberals may smell blood in the water because Tim Hudak is back on his heels right now, with a minor insurrection in the ranks of his own Party and the recent dismissal of his Finance Critic, Peter Shurman.
Wynne threatens an election if there is no co-operation; the Opposition Parties threaten an election over the government’s plan to raise taxes and user fees for their public transit master plan .
I think there’s more bluster than bite in Wynne’s challenge.
The NDP will likely support Wynne’s non- controversial agenda.
But if the Premier tries to push her funding scheme for LRT this session, the election signs will come out and it’s game on !