Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty and PC Leader Tim Hudak.
Credits: REUTERS/Mark Blinch
McGuinty's Liberals could reclaim the majority they lost in last fall's general election if they win both.
McGuinty made it clear his party will run on its record of investing in education. He said the Progressive Conservatives would rather put money into horse racing than fund full-day kindergarten.
And the NDP is "running away" from the harsh fiscal realities that have forced the government to try to freeze teachers' wages, McGuinty said.
The two byelections will have as their backdrop a dramatic showdown between McGuinty and his former allies in the teacher unions. He has threatened to recall the legislature before Sept. 1 to force a wage freeze on teachers if one isn't negotiated by then.
But the premier also conceded he doesn't expect either the Tories or NDP to support any bill he proposes.
The Vaughan byelection is needed to replace veteran Liberal Greg Sorbara, who retired last week.
In Kitchener-Waterloo, Tory Elizabeth Witmer resigned in April to become the chairwoman of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.