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05/07/2014 12:08 EDT | Updated 07/07/2014 05:59 EDT

Andrea Horwath visits NDP ridings in first official day of campaign

As the writ is officially issued for the 2014 Ontario election, Andrea Horwath began her campaign with some advice for Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne.

"After 10 years of scandal after scandal Kathleen Wynne's liberals deserve a timeout, take some time and learn from your mistakes and realize that the most important thing you can do as a premier is to deliver results for people," Horwath said standing on the lawn at Queen's Park.

Facing criticism for bringing down a budget that contained a lot of NDP-friendly spending measures, Horwath says the Liberals have been good at making promises, then not following through.

"I simply do not have the confidence or the trust that the Liberals were going to be able to deliver on the 70-odd promises they threw into that budget," she said. "It is not believable. It doesn't make any sense"

Horwath said the most important issues in this campaign for families are jobs and affordability. She says Ontarians deserve a government that works for them and makes it easier for people scrambling every month to pay the bills.

Horwath called for a rethink of how Ontario's electricity system is organized, pledging a review of contracts with private-sector hydro companies and other measures she says would let her party hand out a $100 rebate to ratepayers.

She also reiterated she's not committed to selling off Ontario assets like the LCBO, saying "it's like burning the furniture to heat the house."

The NDP leader kicked off her campaign with a stop in Toronto's west end at the San Remo Bakery. Owner Rob Bozzo said he doesn't mind the NDP proposal to raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2016 while simultaneously cutting the small business tax.

"I agree with her. I do like what she's saying. I think its important to have open communication between the leaders in Ontario and small businesses to help," said Bozzo.

Horwath will be stopping in two key battlegrounds Wednesday afternoon — both in ridings the NDP took in by-elections.

First stop is Kitchener-Waterloo where MPP Catherine Fife won the riding in 2012 after it was vacated by longtime PC MPP Elizabeth Witmer. Horwath will be joined by candidate Marg Johnston as the NDP look to take Kitchener-Centre, where former Liberal MPP and Minister of Government Services John Milloy is retiring after three terms in the legislature.

Horwath's day wraps up in Niagara Falls, where Wayne Gates won the riding in February, turning the seat orange for the first time in 19 years.