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Tim Hudak wants election, judicial inquiry on gas plants

10/09/2013 02:00 EDT | Updated 12/09/2013 05:12 EST
Opposition Leader Tim Hudak says that a judicial inquiry is needed to force Ontario’s governing Liberals to answer outstanding questions about the gas-plant scandal, which he is pledging to arrange if he is elected premier in the next election.

The Liberals are on the defensive after Ontario’s auditor general reported yesterday that the long-term net cost of cancelling the Oakville and Mississauga gas plants could exceed $1 billion.

Hudak said that he believes there are still more answers to be provided about how the government came to cancel the gas plants.

"I want to see Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty on the stand before a judge who can compel the truth about what happened, who called the shots and what it cost taxpayers," he told reporters at Queen’s Park on Wednesday morning.

"And maybe it’s the threat of having to eat jail food, maybe it’s the threat of standing behind bars that’s actually going to compel the truth, but only a judge can get the true answers and make jail time the alternative to the Liberal coverup."

Additionally, Hudak and the Progressive Conservatives are pushing for the New Democrats to support a non-confidence motion over the gas plants and the cost of their cancellation.

The New Democrats say the Tories’ push for such a motion is a stunt, as it is the Liberals who decide which motions and bills are voted upon.

But Hudak told reporters that if the New Democrats back his call for such a motion, it will be "pretty hard" for the government not to call an election.

For now, the Liberals remain at the helm of a minority government that has lasted for two years.

The Liberals currently hold 49 of the 107 seats in the Ontario legislature, while the Progressive Conservatives hold 37 and the New Democrats 20.

One seat is vacant, following the recent retirement of Liberal MPP Kim Craitor in the riding of Niagara Falls.

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