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Walkerton tragedy focus of Ontario campaign

By The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne will be spending the day in Toronto — with an emphasis on health care — as the three party leaders continue campaigning for the June 12 election.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak starts his day in Toronto, takes a trip to Webers Hamburgers in Orillia and returns to Mississauga for the Punjabi International Film Festival.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath starts campaigning in Point Edward and works her way east through London, Cambridge and Kitchener.

On Thursday, Wynne chose the site of a deadly E. coli outbreak 14 years ago to criticize Hudak's plan to cut 100,000 public sector jobs if elected.

Seven people died and thousands were sickened in Walkerton when E. coli got into the water system and an inquiry found cost-cutting by the government of former Tory premier Mike Harris contributed to the tragedy.

Wynne noted that Hudak's planned cuts are more extensive and warned against repeating "the mistakes of Ontario's past."

Hudak has said he wouldn't cut jobs that put people at risk, such as nurses, doctors and police officers, and he accused Wynne of using the tragedy to score political points.

Campaigning in Toronto, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath denounced Hudak's plans.

"When you talk about kicking 100,000 families to the curb, you're actually endangering the services that Ontarians rely on," Horwath said. "That's irresponsible."

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