TORONTO – Former federal NDP leader Ed Broadbent fired back at Kathleen Wynne in a statement Monday after Wynne had sought to differentiate her Ontario NDP rival Andrea Horwath from such legends of the left as Broadbent or the late Jack Layton.
“Partisan debate is one thing, but by invoking my name in weekend speeches and articles to attack Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP, Kathleen Wynne has gone beyond the pale,” Broadbent said in the statement.
“Let no one doubt: I fully support Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP.”
Wynne appealed to stalwart NDP voters in a speech over the weekend telling them that a vote for the NDP on Thursday will only help Tim Hudak become premier.
“That is how far the NDP has fallen – it’s not the party that it was,” Wynne said. “It’s not the party of Jack Layton. It’s not the party of Ed Broadbent. It’s not the party of Stephen Lewis.”
The Liberals also launched an ad echoing Wynne, entitled “Vote Horwath – Elect Hudak.”
Horwath has also come under fire from left-wing stalwarts for her more populist policies in this election.