09/10/2013 03:00 EDT | Updated 11/09/2013 05:12 EST

PC's Tim Hudak not worried by Premier Wynne's threat of fall election

TORONTO - Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak isn't making any promises to co-operate with the governing Liberals as the threat of a fall election looms over the Ontario legislature.

Hudak said Tuesday he'll meet with Premier Kathleen Wynne to discuss a legislative agenda, but warned the Tories will only support bills that help create jobs.

Wynne spent the summer "on a hand-holding mission" across the province, but has no new ideas to address Ontario's economic problems, he said.

"Let's see exactly what they do with respect to are they going to call an election over tanning beds or a local food act," Hudak said, referring to two bills the Liberals say all parties can support.

"I think we need change in the province of Ontario, and I think nothing is more demonstrative of why we need change when after eight months, those are her top two issues."

The premier has warned she will trigger an election if the Opposition prevents passage of any bills and grinds legislative business to a halt.

Meanwhile, Hudak says former North Bay mayor Vic Fedeli is the party's new finance critic, while former deputy Toronto mayor Doug Holyday will be the new accountability critic.

Fedeli replaces Peter Shurman, who was fired after refusing to pay back over $20,000 in housing allowance claimed after he moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Shurman, who represents the Toronto-area riding of Thornhill, did not break the rules by taking the allowance, but Hudak removed him as finance critic because he said elected officials are held to a higher standard even when they follow the rules.

Shurman maintained Tuesday that he informed Hudak when he changed his primary residence and started collecting the housing allowance, which Hudak has firmly denied.

"Who wants to be in the middle of anything?" Shurman said of the conflicting accounts. "I was very happy with the job that I was doing."

He was tightlipped about whether he was wronged by the Opposition leader, but said Hudak would make "an excellent premier."

Shurman confirmed that he wanted to represent the riding where he lived, which is currently held by veteran Liberal Kim Craitor.

Shurman said he wanted to run against Craitor in the 2011 election and was asked by the Tory riding association if he would do it. If he'd won, it would have precluded any claim for a housing allowance.

But a Hudak insider said that Shurman mentioned his desire to run in the riding where he lived "almost in passing" and it wasn't a serious conversation.

Shurman said he hasn't decided if he wants to run in the next election.

As for his successor, Fedeli has been in the media spotlight while leading the Tory offensive against the governing Liberals over the costly cancellation of two gas plants. He will also keep his job as energy critic.

Wynne said she's asked for meetings with Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to see what bills, if any, they can agree to pass this fall, such as the non-controversial local food act.

"The practical reality is if the House cannot function, and if we can't see a way forward, then the Opposition will have to explain to people why they think an election is the better option," she said.

Wynne insisted she doesn't want a fall election, but warned she doesn't want another session like last spring where the only legislation that passed was the provincial budget.