McGuinty defends budget ahead of Liberal meeting
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty answers media questions at a press conference in Windsor Ont., Friday, June 15, 2012, announcing a new Windsor - Detroit bridge. (The Canadian Press/Mark Spowart)
Published Friday, June 22, 2012 2:02PM EDT
SUDBURY, Ont. -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says the newly passed budget will loom large at this weekend's Liberal meeting in northern Ontario.
The premier spent the days before Wednesday's budget vote going on the attack over the opposition's changes to the fiscal plan.
But now he says "all's well that ends well" and he's "very proud" of the result.
Speaking in Sudbury, Ont., ahead of the meeting, McGuinty says that as a minority government, the Liberals have a "heavy responsibility to find common ground with the opposition parties."
But he admitted there's room for improvement, adding that's something they'll discuss over the weekend as well.
The province appeared on the brink of another election last weekend, with the premier threatening to go to the polls rather than vote on a drastically altered budget.
He accused the NDP of teaming up with the Progressive Conservatives to "gut" the budget.
Today, he dismissed the conflict as nothing but "a few little hiccups towards the end."