Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne is railing against the New Democrats for claiming she would privatize the Toronto Transit Commission.
In the wake of NDP Leader Andrea Horwath telling CBC Radio’s Metro Morning that Wynne would expand the privatization of such public services, the Grit chief was seeing red.
“Let’s just be clear: that’s a made-up comment because we have never ever — I have never ever — talked about privatizing the TTC so I have no idea where Andrea Horwath is getting that idea,” she said.
“She’s making it up. It’s just not true.”
Her comments came after Horwath told CBC’s Matt Galloway that the Liberals planned to introduce more privatization into the city’s public transit system.
The New Democrat was apparently referring to the fact that the new Eglinton Crosstown LRT will be bankrolled through a private-public partnership.
Both Wynne and her predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, have embraced what they call “alternative financing and procurement,” which enables private companies and pension funds to invest in public projects.
Speaking at Richmond Hill High School, where she graduated in 1971, the Liberal leader insisted that’s not privatization.
“That’s very distinct from the alternative financing process that we have in place, which, yes, it does allow for the private sector and the public sector to work together, but public ownership is a cornerstone of that model,” said Wynne.
“The idea that our agenda is to privatize is just not accurate,” she said.
Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod (Nepean-Carleton), who was monitoring Wynne’s Richmond Hill event, expressed surprise at any scheme to privatize the TTC.
“I haven’t heard of it. That’s an issue between Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horwath — I’m not going to get in the middle of that fight,” she said.
MacLeod said PC Leader Tim Hudak is the only alternative for voters in the June 12 election because Wynne and Horwath are two left-leaning peas in a pod.
Both the Liberals and the Conservatives launched their campaign buses Monday — though the Tory bus isn’t yet “wrapped” with their colours — while the New Democrats, who triggered the election Friday by withdrawing support for the minority Grits, have yet to launch theirs.