Wynne to Emphasize on ‘Common Ground’ with Opposition in Throne Speech

The newly appointed Premier Kathleen Wynne is on her mission to enter a new era of co-operation at Queen’s Park as she encounters the political reality of minority government. While MPPs return to the legislature almost four months after the retired premier Dalton McGuinty’s controversial prorogation, Wynne will be addressing them on Tuesday with a throne speech aimed to highlight the “common ground with the opposition parties.”

The rookie Liberal premier, who is also a former mediator, has aimed to work in alliance with both Progressive Conservative Leader, Tim Hudak, and NDP Leader, Andrea Horwath, with hopes of improving the economy and preventing the upcoming election. Wynne will be emphasizing on “collaborative solutions” in her speech, to be delivered by Lieutenant-Governor David Onley at 3 p.m., entitled “The Way Forward.” The speech will say that “the government does not believe we are irreparably divided,” but it adds that “the people of the province expect all members of the Ontario legislative assembly to work together. It’s what they want and what they deserve.”

It will read that “there are common touch-points from conversations that we have had in the throne speech and so that’s why I’ll want to follow up with them after . . . and continue our conversation.” Furthermore, it will say that “I know that there will be points of friction, but I also know the people of Ontario want this government to work so I will do everything in my power — we’re going to do everything in our power — to make that the reality.”

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