Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says while Premier Kathleen Wynne is putting lawyers to work, he’s more interested in finding jobs for unemployed Ontarians.
“While Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals are focused on lawsuits and keeping litigation lawyers busy, my team and I are focused on jobs and getting Ontario back to work,” Hudak told reporters at Queen’s Park on Monday.
Hudak has put forward a plan that he says will create a million jobs over eight years if he forms a government after the next election, which could come as early this year.
Hudak said he won’t be cowed by the libel notice served on him, the PC party and MPP Lisa MacLeod, arguing that it is their job to highlight serious problems with the minority Liberal government.
“We are not going to be intimidated by a series of angry letters coming from Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals. I just wish they would spend as much times trying to get our economy going again as they are scrambling behind the scenes with lawyers,” he said.
Hudak and MacLeod have been put on notice that Wynne intends to sue for comments made with respect to her role — if any — to the destruction of emails dealing with two gas plants cancelled and relocated by the Liberals at a cost of up to $1.1 billion.
“This is as much Kathleen Wynne’s scandal as it is Dalton McGuinty’s,” he said.
Meanwhile, Wynne said her legal action would proceed against Hudak unless he publicly apologizes.
Wynne on Monday admitted it was unusual for a premier to threaten a libel suit against the leader of the opposition.
“I don't do it lightly,” she told reporters at the Columbus Centre on Lawrence Ave. W.
“But I want to be able to debate matters of fact and I've been clear that the allegations that were made by the leader of the opposition were very disturbing and so we have taken that action,” the premier said.
“I would hope that he would take action to retract and to remove all of the allegations that he has made.”
That's a reference to alleged defamation on the PC Party website linking Wynne to the wiping of computers related to the gas-plants scandal that the OPP claims occurred while her predecessor Dalton McGuinty was in office early last year.
”It's very unfortunate,” she said.