Supporters question direction of NDP, say may not vote for party on June 12

The Canadian Press
May 24, 2014 01:00 AM

TORONTO - NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is facing questions from dozens of party stalwarts threatening to withdraw their support over what they see as a shift to the right by the party.

In a letter obtained by media outlets, 34 long-time supporters say they are "seriously considering" not voting for the New Democrats on June 12th.

The writers — which include Michelle Landsberg, wife of former Ontario NDP leader Stephen Lewis — urge Horwath to reconsider her stance or risk losing the support of thousands.

Horwath campaigns today in Windsor and Chatham, while Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne is taking the day off.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak campaigns in Toronto area today with a town hall in Woodbridge and an event in Toronto outside the building that houses the finance ministry.

On the campaign trail Friday, Wynne tried to sideline the New Democrats as she attacked Hudak's plan to cut public sector jobs.

She said voters face a "very stark" choice between the slash-and-cut Tories and Liberals who want to invest in the province to help create jobs.

Wynne also criticized Horwath for triggering the election by saying she could not support the Liberals' May 1 budget, and then releasing a campaign platform that is very similar to the government's plan in many ways.

Hudak lashed out at the Liberals for allocating "an astonishing $2.5 billion to a corporate welfare slush fund" that he said would be given out at the discretion of Liberal cabinet ministers.

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