Wynne kicks off election campaign in Ottawa South

Ottawa South MPP John Fraser and Premier Kathleen Wynne arrive at Fraser's campaign kick-off in South Keys. This is Fraser's second campaign in nine months.
Cassie Aylward

Premier Kathleen Wynne was on hand to help incumbent Liberal MPP John Fraser kick off his campaign in Ottawa South.

Dozens of Liberal supporters packed into Fraser's tiny campaign office to hear Wynne kick off her party's official campaign period.

The premier wasn't afraid to take shots at her opponents, saying NDP leader Andrea Horwath has "no plan" for the province, and Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak's sole priority is the deficit.

"The three words that describe Tin Hudak's plan and his vision are 'cut, cut, and cut.'  That's what his plan looks like." she said.

Wynne said her government, if elected, wil focus on job creating and skills training.  She says Ontario has the choice between jobs and cuts when they vote this year.

Fraser joked it kind of feels like Groundhog Day to be campaigning twice in nine months, but he says he's happy to have an opportunity to knock on doors and speak with the community.  He says he's proud of the work his predecessor Dalton McGuinty's done for the riding.

"Take a look at all the things we did by any objective measure- our community's farther ahead," he said.  Fraser worked for the former premier for 14 years before winning the riding after McGuinty stepped down.

Fraser tells CFRA he'll be running on much of what he did in August, and he'll also be running against the same main challengers.  Bronwyn Funicello is representing the NDP, and Matt Young is running for the Progressive Conservatives.

Lisa MacLeod, PC MPP for Nepean Carleton, told reporters outside the event that "Dalton McGuinty" is still a dirty word in his former riding.  Wynne didn't shy away from using that word, saying McGuinty "worked so hard" to improve Ontario's economy after the 2008 financial crash.

MacLeod said the city is embarrassed that a former Ottawa MPP would spend $1 billion to cancel gas plants "to save his own political skin."  She said she thinks the gas plants scandal is resonating with voters across the province.

"They're tired of the cover-up," MacLeod says.

Ontario goes to the polls June 12.

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