TORONTO - Premier Dalton McGuinty says the chances of a second Ontario election in six months are remote.

He says he's still hopeful his minority Liberals can reach a budget deal with the New Democrats to avoid defeat next week.

McGuinty calls the chances of another election slight, but says he really needs to know where the NDP stand on a public sector wage freeze.

Speaking at a campaign-style event in Toronto, the premier says he wants to reach a deal with the NDP but their list of demands is too expensive.

The Progressive Conservatives have already said they'll vote against the budget, so McGuinty has to woo the New Democrats for his government to survive.

The legislature will vote on the budget motion April 24.