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Andrea Horwath’s Ontario New Democrats could be primed for bigger gains in the provincial election likely to happen this spring.
Andrea Horwath’s Ontario New Democrats could be primed for bigger gains in the provincial election likely to happen this spring.
(KEVIN VAN PAASSEN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

NDP’s Horwath makes a push toward centre in courting big business

Andrea Horwath is on a quiet charm offensive with big business, holding closed-door sessions with top players on Bay Street and other corporate leaders in the run-up to a possible spring election.

The Ontario New Democratic Leader has made some unexpected promises at these meetings in a bid to assuage executives’ fears about her left-wing party, The Globe and Mail has learned. She has pledged not to hike corporate taxes back to 14 per cent if elected premier, and has signalled she is willing to do whatever it takes to bring the province’s books back to balance in four years – including cutting government spending and playing tough with public-sector unions.