ONTARIO VOTES: Wynne Concedes Defeat, Urges Voters to Choose Liberals

The NDP's 'Proletariat Chariot' broke down on Highway 402 in 30 C heat on Wednesday afternoon
The NDP's 'Proletariat Chariot' broke down on Highway 402 in 30 C heat on Wednesday afternoon

05 June, 2018

On June 7th voters will elect a new government.

"It's important to give a message to the people who are still kind of vacillating that, sure, after 15 years you might want a change - but make sure you want the change that you really need", Sadeque said.

Ontario voters have a hard job to elect the next premier of Ontario. "I'm the strongest local representative here", says Liberal candidate for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, Jeff Kerk.

But she says that change can not be a majority government for Conservative Doug Ford or the NDP's Andrea Horwath.

With a week to go on the campaign trail, Ontario party leaders fired back at the United States hours after the Trump administration announced it is slapping Canada with tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

"Out steel workers deserve better", Wynne said.

Ford had little to say about the announcement, noting only that the election is about change and people are fed up.

"Ontario's fastest growing technology companies are the job and prosperity drivers of the 21st-century economy", said Benjamin Bergen, executive director of the Council of Canadian Innovators.

By taking the blame, Wynne could be saving some of her key candidates who otherwise might have been tarnished by public opinion of her, Small said.

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At this point, polls show there is less fear of an NDP government than a Tory one and this might push some potential Liberal voters to throw their support behind the New Democrats, he said. "We're focused on our plan for lower taxes, lower hydro rates and lower gas prices for the people".

Voters have a choice between her and her two inexperienced rivals, she said.

Myer Siemiatycki, a politics professor at Ryerson University, said polling suggests a shift to the NDP away from the Liberals began unusually early this campaign given the "fear factor" around the Tories, who've been criticized for not detailing how they'd pay for their campaign promises.

"It would be great if all of us agreed that inclusion and acceptance of difference was what we believed in and we shared that value system", Wynne said.

"It's not going to be a Liberal government", she told reporters in Toronto.

"But you know it's still not too late for me to be swayed one way or the other as well", Benoit said - although he added he would only consider switching his vote to the NDP.

The credit card of the Ontario government is being declined by the voters. "By voting Liberal you can keep the next government, Conservative or NDP, accountable to you".

"His list of things-to-do that he put on his website is not going to help people to decide which way to vote and what's their best interest in this campaign", Horwath said.

At the end of the two years, the Liberals coasted to a sizeable majority, leaving the NDP to wonder why they got no credit for the accomplishments of the accord.

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