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Political punches flying on Ontario election campaign trail

Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak while campaigning at a food truck festival in Whitby, Ont. on May 10.

Darren Calabrese/THE CANADIAN PRESS

The political punches are flying mostly left, but also to the right, in this weekend's campaigning for Ontario's June 12 election.

The verbal brawling started Saturday morning with the Liberals unleashing an attack ad targeting NDP Leader Andrea Horwath for opposing their left-wing friendly budget.

Horwath countered, saying she couldn't support a budget that promised 70 new plans after the government failed to follow through on three key promises it made last year.

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She cited Liberal plans for an auto insurance rate cut, financial accountability oversight and home care improvement.

Horwath and the Liberals, meantime, both took aim yesterday at Tory leader Tim Hudak's plan to create 120,000 jobs by cutting corporate taxes.

Hudak said he'd pay for his plan by scrapping grants to businesses, which he calls "corporate welfare."

Horwath, however, dismissed that as a failed idea, while the Liberals referred to the prospect of a Hudak-led government as scary.

Premier Kathleen Wynne had no public events yesterday but will be in Mississauga today to join the Breast Cancer Society of Canada's annual Mother's Day Walk.

Hudak will stop to smell the roses at a Toronto flower market today, while Horwath makes campaign appearances in Hamilton and Thunder Bay.

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