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Premier McGuinty still threatens summer election after Tories, NDP "gut" budget

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, right, is pictured at a news conference at Queens Park in Toronto on Friday, June 15, 2012. The premier spoke to reporters about his threat to call for an election over the Ontario budget. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
June 15, 2012 - 9:51 AM

TORONTO - No one's backing down yet in the budget battle at Queen's Park that has Premier Dalton McGuinty threatening to call another election.

McGuinty and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath held back-to-back news conferences today to give their side of the battle over the minority Liberal government's budget.

The premier accuses Horwath of going back on her word to vote for the budget next Wednesday and avoid triggering another election.

The NDP and Tories combined to make several changes to the budget at committee yesterday, amendments McGuinty says he can't accept because they "gutted" the budget.

Horwath accuses McGuinty of pushing for an election, and says she always told the premier the NDP would want more changes to the budget before the final vote.

The Conservatives have not explained why they voted with the NDP to remove privatization measures in the budget that the Tories have called for.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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