'IT'S VERY RUDE': Liberal MPP crashes Horwath event


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'IT'S VERY RUDE': Liberal MPP crashes Horwath event
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Published:
May 28, 2018
Updated:
May 28, 2018 4:32 PM EDT
Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Etobicoke North Shafiq Qaadri, who is also the incumbent.
TORONTO — Liberal candidate Shafiq Qaadri crashed Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s campaign event Monday morning.
The incumbent in Etobicoke North, where PC Leader Doug Ford is running, Qaadri held up one of his own lawn signs and shouted during her press conference.
“I think we both share a common goal, Ms. Horwath, against Mr. Ford,” said Qaadri, who has represented the riding on the back benches since 2003.
Horwath called his actions “unfortunate.”
“Shafiq, if you don’t mind, I’m going to finish my press conference and then you can have all the time you want to talk to the media, but please don’t interrupt me,” she said. “It’s very rude.”
Qaadri later told reporters he had spotted the NDP bus as he was waving to passing traffic at a nearby intersection and decided to follow it. Qaadri said he had not intended to interrupt the event, but did not apologize for the intrusion.
“I will be honoured to quote Premier Kathleen Wynne, sorry, but not sorry,” he said, referencing the Liberal leader’s comment made at Sunday night’s leaders’ debate when she said she wasn’t going to apologize for all her party had done to make life better for Ontarians.
Wynne, however, was quick to call Qaadri’s actions inappropriate.
“He shouldn’t have done that,” she said, noting that her staff had reached out to Qaadri’s campaign.
Qaadri later tweeted his apology.
“Upon further reflection, my actions today at the @ONDP event were rash and inexcusable. For that I would like to offer my sincerest apology to @AndreaHorwath and her team.”
Horwath, meanwhile, slammed the Ford’s tax plan.
“He’s great with the bumper stickers, with the announcements that sound good, but the minute you peel back a layer you see that his plan is not a plan for the people,” she said.
“We can’t afford Mr. Ford’s plan. It will give tax cuts to the rich, where everyone else is going to pay much, much more to make a go of life.”
Ford’s plan cuts a middle class tax bracket by 20%, but Horwath says that actually means the richest people will benefit the most.
Wynne spent much of her time at a campaign stop in downtown Toronto attacking Horwath’s opposition to the use of back-to-work legislation.
She stood with Glenn Thibeault, who left his job as a federal New Democrat to become a provincial Liberal in a 2015 byelection, to say the NDP puts ideology ahead of practical solutions.
“It does come down to a question of leadership,” Wynne said.
Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne, right, speaks to the media alongside Glenn Thibeault while making a campaign stop in Toronto on Monday, May 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
“Without the ability to stop strikes when they’ve gone on too long or they’ve hurt too many people, you’re left with very few choices. You can either leave the province permanently on strike, or you can give away everything that’s been asked for. Andrea Horwath would empty the public purse.”
Wynne said a re-elected Liberal government would recall the legislature right after the election to introduce back-to-work legislation to end a nearly three-month strike at York University. The NDP voted against a similar attempt when the Liberals introduced legislation just before the legislative session ended for the election.
Ford, meanwhile, appeared in Newmarket, Ont., where he was pressed on when the Tories would release a costed platform. He repeated his vow to present the document before the election but gave no further details.
“We’ve been laying out our plan every single day…we put a dollar figure beside every single announcement that we have,” said Ford, who has been criticized repeatedly by his rivals for not yet putting out a full platform.
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