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Canada Kathleen Wynne Stepping Down As Ontario Liberal Leader After Election Disaster

06:15  08 june  2018
06:15  08 june  2018 Source:   huffingtonpost.ca

Wynne slams Horwath's response to steel tariffs, pledges a package for workers

  Wynne slams Horwath's response to steel tariffs, pledges a package for workers Kathleen Wynne is slamming what she says is Andrea Horwath's "inadequate" response to the U.S. government's new tariffs on Canadian steel. And she also pledged retraining for any laid off steelworkers if the tariffs persist. The Liberal leader lashed out at Horwath Friday morning during a Dundas campaign stop. Wynne says Horwath, the Ontario NDP leader who's represented Hamilton Centre, seemed to blame the Liberals for the tariffs. She also seemed to not know Wynne had met with 37 U.S. government leaders to advocate for Canada's steel industry, Wynne claimed. And that is "not good enough.

Barring a miracle, Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals are facing the real threat of being trounced in the next provincial election in 2018. Indeed, the Progressive Conservatives under new leader Patrick Brown may easily wind up forming a majority government.

WATCH: Kathleen Wynne urges voters to still vote for Liberal party. READ MORE: PC Leader Doug Ford won’t say if he will march in Toronto’s annual Pride parade. Wynne , however, refused to say whether she would step down as party leader after the election .

a close up of a person: Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne waves as she departs a campaign event in Toronto on June 5, 2018. © Provided by AOL Inc. Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne waves as she departs a campaign event in Toronto on June 5, 2018.

Kathleen Wynne will step down as leader of the Ontario Liberals after a disastrous election rout that saw her party drop to a distant third place.

Wynne, who has served as Ontario premier since 2013, admitted in the final days of the campaign that her party could not win.

Still, she encouraged voters to support enough local Liberal candidates to prevent Progressive Conservatives or New Democrats from winning a majority.

In the end, Doug Ford's PCs cruised to a majority win Thursday, while Wynne's Liberals are fighting to hold on to eight seats, good enough for official party status.

Wynne to acknowledge election is lost, urge voters to ensure NDP or PC minority

  Wynne to acknowledge election is lost, urge voters to ensure NDP or PC minority Kathleen Wynne is expected on Saturday to acknowledge that she will no longer be premier after the June 7 election and encourage voters to elect Liberal candidates to prevent the NDP or PCs from securing a majority, CBC News has learned.   The Liberal leader has, until today, been defiant in the face of daunting poll numbers that suggest the Grits could lose official party status after the vote. In Ontario, parties need at least eight seats in the Legislature to be formally recognized.

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, centre, speaks as Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne , left, and Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath look on during the third and final televised debate of the provincial election campaign in Toronto, Sunday, May 27, 2018.

“There’s no secret there have always been people in the Liberal party who weren’t keen on me,” Wynne told reporters Friday after meeting with auto industry executives and union leaders . Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks during a press conference in Toronto on Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wynne was re-elected in the Toronto riding of Don Valley West.

More coverage of the Ontario election:

  • Doug Ford Leads Ontario Conservatives To Majority Government
  • Green Leader Mike Schreiner Wins Party's First Seat

This article originally appeared on AMP: HuffPost Canada at https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/06/07/kathleen-wynne-steps-down-as-ontario-liberal-leader-after-election-disaster_a_23453830/

Ottawa-area MPP John Fraser selected interim Ontario Liberal leader .
The Ontario's Liberals have selected an interim leader after the party's stunning defeat in last week's election.John Fraser was selected after a vote by caucus members, riding association presidents and party executives.

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