Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak closed the door to coalition talks with other parties should he fail win a majority of seats in the legislature June 12.
Campaigning in Toronto on Friday, Hudak referred to forming a coalition government as ignoring the will of voters and rejected the possibility outright.
“I think that’s cheating voters, and I think that it’s all about Kathleen Wynne trying to keep her job instead of doing the right thing,” Hudak said.
“My position is clear — no coalitions. We will follow whatever the voters tell us they want.”
Hudak criticized his opponents, Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, for refusing to say if they’d consider the possibility of a coalition government.
Speaking to the Toronto Star editorial board Friday, Horwath refused to say whether she would enter into a coalition with either the Liberals or the Progressive Conservatives.
Horwath stressed Friday that she did not want to “presuppose” the outcome of the June 12 vote.
“I do not know what decisions (voters) are going to make and I am going to wait for them to do that.”
But she laughed out loud at Hudak’s suggestion it would be “cheating” if she and Wynne ganged up on him and forged an informal alliance or formal coalition.
“I don’t know what he’s talking about half the time,” Horwath scoffed.
When asked about the coalition possibility on Wednesday, Wynne told reporters that she is “not ruling out anything.” She referred to her record of more informal cooperation between parties.
“I have demonstrated how I can work in a minority parliament,” Wynne said.
“That’s how I would continue to work in a minority parliament if that is what the people of Ontario decide.”