June 15, 2014 12:00 pm

2015 Ontario budget key to next federal election

ABOVE: The Globe and Mail’s Adam Radwanski and Global’s Alan Carter unpack how a Liberal majority in Ontario will affect the next federal election.

TORONTO – Ontario’s budget next spring could have a major impact on the outcome of the next federal election, say Queen’s Park observers.  

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“If there is a point at which this government in Ontario is going to do tough things, that budget next year is probably it,” said Adam Radwanski of the Globe and Mail on The West Block with Tom Clark.

Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal party must decide whether to decrease spending or to re-evaluate the timeline for eliminating deficit, said Radwanski. The choice will likely provide ammunition to one of the federal parties.

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Global News’s Queen’s Park Bureau Chief Alan Carter told Tom Clark it will be virtually impossible for the Kathleen Wynne to fulfill all of her campaign promises, resulting in an unhappy electorate.  

The decision will be “a great boon for Stephen Harper,” he said.

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