Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Ontario premier concedes defeat ahead of next week's polls

Ontario premier concedes defeat ahead of next week's polls

"Electing a Doug Ford government will do exactly that". I don't know who voters will choose but I am pretty sure that it won't be me.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at a townhall meeting in Windsor, February 15, 2018.

"The more Liberal MPPs we send to Queen's Park on June 7, the less likely it becomes that either Doug Ford or the NDP will be able to form a majority government", Wynne said.

Ontario's Liberal premier says her first priority if re-elected will be to support the province's steel industry in the wake of newly announced USA trade tariffs. Her faith in the Liberals was shaken and her vote will go to the NDP, she said. That's because an NDP victory would make the NDP a more credible "progressive alternative" in future elections.

Ontario's Liberals say the province's steel industry employs 16,000 people and accounts for 70 per cent of Canada's steel production capacity.

So, it comes down to this - voters are going to pick a new premier but they are generally anxious about giving that person - whether it's Doug Ford or the NDP - too much power.

She won the NDP leadership in 2009 and since then has played the part of political chameleon, blurring her political stripes depending on what she perceived would win her the most seats. This is a man who has defended candidates who speak ill of others - who smear people due to their religion or gender or sexual orientation.

She says she will keep campaigning up until Thursday and won't say if she will stay on a Liberal leader after the election.

"That's going to sort itself out - people are going to make that decision ... it's going to be one or the other and let's make sure there are enough Liberals there that there isn't a blank cheque - that there's a check on a majority government".

An Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday showed Ford's PCs with 37 percent support, while the New Democrats had 34 percent, and the ruling Liberals 22 percent.

Horwath says she gets a sense that people want change, and after Thursday's election the government will look different than it has in the past two decades.

Horwath, who also planned a campaign stop Friday in St. Catharines - another seemingly impregnable Liberal fortress - said she can sense the changed sentiment as she railed against both Wynne and Ford.

"They're for the working people".

"So I think electorally, it's strategic, but as a leader of a party, I actually think it's really selfless".

Cochrane explains that the Liberals and New Democrats have offered "virtually identical" policies in recent years, which means many traditional Liberal supporters are "primed to vote NDP". The worry for the party is that the Liberals could lose official party status, with some polls suggesting the Liberals could win fewer than the required eight seats.

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