Interim Ontario NDP leader says he's focused on party priorities during transition

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TORONTO — The interim leader of Ontario's New Democrats says he hopes his political experience and commitment to the party will help them act as an effective Opposition during a period of transition.

Peter Tabuns, who has represented the Toronto-Danforth riding since 2006, says he's not seeking to permanently replace Andrea Horwath after she stepped down on election night.

Tabuns was appointed interim party leader this week, and is remaining neutral on questions facing the NDP such as the best qualities for its new leader and how and when the leadership contest should run.

He says his focus in the role will be on fighting for the party's priorities, including changes to the provincial budget set to be debated this summer.

Representatives will be at the legislature soon to vote on the provincial budget, which wasn't passed before the spring election began.

Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy says the timeline for reintroducing the budget, including some tweaks to the original document, would be discussed at a cabinet meeting today.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 29, 2022.

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