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ONTARIO: Ford, Horwath won't say if they'll allow Ontario Liberals to retain party status

The Liberals were reduced from a majority government to only seven seats in Thursday's election
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Doug Ford campaigning in Sault Ste. Marie. James Hopkin/Village Media

TORONTO — Doug Ford won't say whether he would support changes that would allow Ontario's Liberals to retain official party status after they fell one seat short of the threshold in this week's election.

The Liberals were reduced from a majority government to only seven seats in Thursday's election that saw the Progressive Conservatives back in power for the first time in 15 years and the New Democrats form the official Opposition.

Eight seats are needed to be a recognized party in the Ontario legislature, a designation that allows parties to access resources such as research assistance. But that threshold can be changed by legislators, as has been in the past.

Asked whether he would support such a change, Ford said he would talk to his team about the issue in the days and weeks to come.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was also pressed on the issue, and would only say that the decision was Ford's to make.

The Liberal party, meanwhile, said in a statement Friday that its focus is on its renewal following its defeat and Kathleen Wynne's resignation as leader.

 

– The Canadian Press




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