Wynne tells Tories to hold off on gas plants non-confidence vote

Premier says wait for the budget to express their opinion of the Liberal government.

TORONTO — The Tories plan to introduce their confidence motion today, citing the high costs of the Liberal’s decisions to cancel gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga, which will be at least $315 million altogether.

But Wynne said the Opposition should wait for the vote on the May 2 budget, which is automatically a confidence matter.

Wynne said that’s when both opposition parties can express their confidence – or lack of it – in her government.

Under Ontario’s rules, which differ from Parliament and most provinces, the government would have to consent before the non-confidence motion could be called for a vote, which is not likely to happen.

However, the Conservatives are said to be planning some procedural tricks to try and ensure the motion gets debated in the legislature.

The auditor general reported the cost of halting the Mississauga gas plant in mid-construction, just days before the 2011 election, was $275 million, $85 million more than the Liberals had been claiming.

The Liberals say cancelling the Oakville plant cost $40 million, but the auditor’s report into that energy project isn’t due until late summer.

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