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

Jun 05, 2018, 03:00
ONTARIO VOTES: Wynne Concedes Defeat, Urges Voters to Choose Liberals

Ford hasn't raised the issue during his campaign for Ontario's June 7 election, but a PC spokeswoman suggested such change is still on his agenda, saying the leader favours reforms to make municipal government more efficient and effective.

She also criticized Tory Leader Doug Ford - who she said has not responded to her call for united opposition to the tariffs - and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who has said Wynne and Trudeau could have done more to prevent the tariffs.

Brenna Keatinge, a self-described "very progressive" Toronto resident in the normally Liberal riding of St Paul's, said she used to consider voting Liberal when the party seemed the only viable contender against the Conservatives. "It gives the mayor more authority to organize things the way he wants, which I think is important".

If she winds up in third place in terms of seats however, her claim to continued power would be significantly weaker. This time, she said she planned to cast her ballot on June 7 for the NDP to try to keep Ford out of the premier's office.

On Wednesday, Wynne made a campaign stop at a Stelco steel plant where she attacked both New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath and the Progressive Conservatives' Doug Ford as unyielding ideologues without the experience to fend off the threat of American steel tariffs.

"It wasn't expected", he said, adding he thought it was responsible and practical.

"It's just a free-for-all, with each one of these independent contractors pushing their own agenda", Ford wrote, though his years on council are most remembered for the chaos caused by Rob's drug and alcohol use. "And given that reality, there are serious decisions that voters in Ontario have to make".

A senior campaign official said Wynne started thinking about the move after her hope for a bump in polling following the last debate didn't materialize and it became clear the Liberals couldn't win.

"It's for protecting Ontarians". And I suspect the second choices of Ontario voters are very different now that Doug Ford, rather than Bill Davis, is leading the PCs.

I knew there was a chance that I would end up in the opposition because, after 15 years, it's normal that there'd be a changing of the guard. "That's my main focus for the next six days", he said.

Ottawa-Vanier candidate Nathalie Des Rosiers, another former cabinet member, said she knew she may not be part of the ruling party for long. For the adult daughter who does all she can to care for her aging parents while she also scrambles to find safe, affordable child care for her own toddler.

"In the past, the Liberals have typically - either federally or provincially - been regarded as, and have been, the stronger party, so the messaging has been to NDP supporters not to waste their vote", Siemiatycki said.

The Liberals under Wynne won a majority in 2014.