NDP’s Andrea Horwath ‘over the moon’ after winning two of five Ontario byelections

TORONTO – Ontario’s opposition leaders say voters in five provincial byelections sent a message to the minority Liberal government, even though the scandal-plagued Liberals held on to two of the seats.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was “over the moon” after winning the byelections in Windsor and London, and says voters made it clear they’re fed up with an “arrogant” Liberal government.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is “thrilled” his party won its first seat in Toronto since 1999, and says he hopes the NDP got the message that voters are fed up with the Liberals and want a change in government.

However, when asked if the NDP will continue to prop up the Liberals, Horwath said she’ll take it one day at a time because voters want the minority government to work.

There appears to be little chance for the opposition parties to defeat the Liberals in a confidence vote before the provincial budget next spring.

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The Liberals held Scarborough-Guildwood and former premier Dalton McGuinty’s old riding of Ottawa South, but Premier Kathleen Wynne admits voters were angry about the $585 million spent to cancel of gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.

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