Kathleen Wynne is here and we are beginning the editorial board interview.
Wynne says she will work with "either or both" of Andrea Horwath and TIm Hudak. However, she "hasn't heard back" from Hudak on whether or no he will work with her.
Wynne says it's about building a relationship about "how we can govern," but won't say explicitly what that relationship will look like. #ONpoli #OLPldr
"We need to govern," Wynne says of working with Hudak and Horwath.
"I certainly think that the people of Ontario expect us to work together," Wynne says. "I don't think anyone is interested in plunging into a general election right now." #ONpoli #OLPldr
Wynne says she is hearing that people don't want to go to an election. Despite a new Premier coming into power that people did not vote directly for the province's next Premier.
Wynne says she wants to pass a budget, then "See if we can govern for the year to come." Remains adamant that Ontario doesn't want an election right now.
Wynne says she got involved because she was so concerned about the education system, the health care system and says further investment in infrastructure is important.
Wynne says she is not going to try and predict whether the Liberals will win or lose the next election. #ONpoli #OLPldr
Wynne says there are Liberals all across Ontario who are "upset" with some of the decisions that have been made by the Ontario government. She says there will always be a range of opinions around the cabinet table.
Wynne says "I never imagined that we wouldn't be able to negotiate those contracts." She's speaking of the government's decision to draft and impose Bill 115. She says she understood the need for the bill, but never thought they would have to come to using it.
"I was expressing my concerns at the table all along," Wynne says.
"I was opposed to and I was worried about the impact of certain decisions. I was not opposed to the direction of the government," Wynne says about not stepping down from cabinet over her concerns. She says the government's "direction" is still balancing the budget.
"I am a team player," Wynne says.
Wynne says the fact she was at the cabinet table over the last couple years is an advantage for her over other candidates - she suggests she knows the dynamics and intricacies of Ontario's current economy and the current government.
"I'm sitting in a close second place, so what I'm saying is resonating" with Ontarians, Wynne says.
Liberalism has "taken a lot of hits" provincially and nationally over the last few years Wynne says. And she says people are clamouring for Liberal values of "fiscal responsibility and social values"
Wynne says she would pay close attention to problems in each ministry and allow them to bring up problems that arise in their respective ministries and then act on them.
For example, a "small one," Wynne says are "photo cards" for people who don't drive. It wasn't a part of her ministry's mandate (Ministry of Transportation) but she says it just made sense to do so.