Harper takes on Ontario, Alberta premiers in first week of election campaign

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Conservative leader Stephen Harper took a veiled shot at Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne during a campaign stop in north Toronto Tuesday, after being asked a question about tense relations with provincial premiers.

Harper paraphrased a “senior official” that allegedly gave him a piece of advice when he was elected prime minister.

“I will observe what a senior official told me when I took office. They said you will have your best relations with the premiers that are doing a good job in their own jurisdiction,” he said to a cheering crowd.

Harper has had a tense relationship with Wynne since she unveiled plans for the provincial pension plan. And Wynne was vocal over the weekend, blasting Harper for calling an early election and telling The Globe and Mail there’s no secret that I’ll be working with Justin.”

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She expanded on that in a statement Tuesday saying “Ontario needs a new federal government to work with.”

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“Stephen Harper and his Minsters preferred to play political games rather than work with provinces in the best interest of the people of this country. This is particularly the case in Ontario.‎ You only have to look to the example of what has transpired with the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.”

Harper also took on newly elected Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on Monday, criticizing her decision to delay the release of the provincial budget until October and increase taxes on anyone making more than $125,000.

“We have an experiment like this going on in Alberta right now,” he said in French.

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“The government of Alberta, the new NDP government, their first move – they can’t present a budget, they’re increasing taxes. The result is a disaster. A disaster. It is rejected by the population.”

Notley fired back quickly in a statement though saying the Alberta NDP will be reducing “the tax burden on 90 per cent of Albertans.”

– With files from Emily Mertz

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