Ontario Election Debate: Memorable Quotes From Wynne, Hudak, Horwath

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Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne was put on the defensive right from the start of the election debate Tuesday night over the $1.1 billion gas plants scandal.

Wynne apologized and said she understood why voters are still angry about the costly decision to scrap two plants in Oakville and Mississauga.

While both PC Leader Tim Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath tried to paint the Liberal government as unethical and corrupt, Wynne tried to make her case that she is best prepared to lead the province through an uncertain future.

But Hudak, who has faced controversy over his plan to create one million private sector jobs over eight years — and to slash 100,000 public sector jobs — presented himself as the candidate of "hope."

Though some economists have said his plan is based on a mathematical miscalculation, Hudak vowed that he will resign if he can't pull of his "Million Jobs Plan."

Here are just a few of the memorable comments from the debate.

  • Wynne Apologizes (Again) For Gas Plants Scandal
    The Canadian Press
    "The decisions around the relocation of the gas plants were wrong. There was public money that was wasted, and in the process, the public good was sacrificed to partisan interests."
  • Horwath On Liberal 'Corruption'
    The Canadian Press
    "The Liberals have betrayed you. They've lied to you and they've wasted billions and billions of your dollars."
  • Hudak Presses Wynne On Cancelled Gas Plants
    The Canadian Press
    "Yours is the signature on the contract that sold taxpayers up the river. Why didn't you just say no?"
  • Horwath On Hudak's Jobs Plan
    The Canadian Press
    "Your tough medicine is not Buckley's. It tastes awful and it's not going to work."
  • Just Give Me Like... 8 Years To Pull It Off
    The Canadian Press
    "I'm so confident in my plan that if I don't carry through and keep my promises in the Million Jobs Plan, I'll resign. I'll step down from office."
  • Wynne Says The 'R' Word
    The Canadian Press
    "There is only one leader standing here who would push us back to recession with his plan, and that is Mr. Hudak."
  • Horwath On Why Voters Should Pick Her
    The Canadian Press
    "You don't have to choose between bad ethics and bad math."
  • Hudak On Ontario Liberal Spending
    The Canadian Press
    "You’re acting like someone who won the lottery when you’re bankrupt."
  • Wynne's Not Buying Million Jobs Plan
    The Canadian Press
    "There’s no evidence that your plan would create a million jobs."
  • Hudak Doubles Down On Math Skills
    The Canadian Press
    "Students need strong math skills to succeed in acquiring knowledge for tomorrow's jobs."
  • Hudak Presses Wynne On Dalton McGuinty Legacy
    The Canadian Press
    "You've got a big audience tonight, please tell us what you regret the most about the Dalton McGuinty legacy that you share?"
  • And Wynne Reminds Him Of His Years Under Mike Harris
    The Canadian Press
    "I've seem Tim Hudak’s movie before, too. Tim Hudak was part of a government that slashed public services and didn't care about the people of Ontario."
  • Horwath Gets Under Wynne's Skin
    The Canadian Press
    "You're making things up, Andrea."
  • Wynne Targets Hudak's Vow To Slash 100,000 Public Sector Jobs
    The Canadian Press
    "The shock to the system that Tim Hudak is suggesting would push us backwards."
  • Hudak Looks West
    The Canadian Press
    "It’s sad that Alberta’s number one export is oil and ours has become the next generation."
  • Hudak To Wynne: You've Changed
    The Canadian Press
    "You took on some tough cabinet jobs but you’ve changed. And you’re using the same tricks you learned from Dalton McGuinty."
  • Wynne On Why She Deserves Another Shot
    The Canadian Press
    "I've made a lot of changes. There are more changes that we need to make."
  • Hudak... The Candidate Of Hope?
    The Canadian Press
    "Hope is on the way."

Ontario voters head to the polls on June 12.

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