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Throne speech delivered, now opposition parties talking election

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (left) and Finance Minister Charles Sousa applaud asLieutenant Governor David Onley delivers the throne speech at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on Tuesday February 19, 2013, THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ontario’s opposition parties are talking election after the throne speech from new Premier Kathleen Wynne failed to please either the Tories or New Democrats.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says he’s disappointed Wynne didn’t signal a change in direction to reduce the size and cost of government, and vows to vote against the throne speech.

N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath says her party will support the throne speech, but is prepared to defeat the budget if it doesn’t close corporate tax loopholes and mandate a cut in auto insurance premiums.

Horwath calls her ideas achievable and affordable, and warns the N-D-P will not support the minority government’s budget if her demands are not met.

The Liberals need the support of at least one of the opposition parties for the confidence votes on the throne speech and the budget because the defeat of either would automatically trigger another election.

Meanwhile, Wynne says she hopes the legislature doesn’t get bogged down in another debate on a contempt motion over the cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga like it did last fall.

The Tories want the contempt motion debated today, the first day of regular business since the legislature was prorogued over four months ago.