Ford won't say if he'll march in the Pride Parade

Spencer Underwood
June 5, 2018

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 US trade tariffs.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath had a blunt reaction to Kathleen Wynne's stunning concession, days before the provincial election ends, that the governing Liberals won't be re-elected.

On June 7th voters will elect a new government.

"When I get elected we'll sit down and we'll make that decision", Ford said.

Doug Ford is applying for the job of Premier of Ontario, but yesterday team Ford revealed they won't share any details of what he would actually do as Premier. "I'm the strongest local representative here", says Liberal candidate for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, Jeff Kerk.

With her party trailing behind the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats in the polls, an emotional Kathleen Wynne admitted that Ontarians want change and that she will no longer be Premier after this election.

She would not say what her political future will be or whether she will remain as party leader after the election.

Finally, Essex candidate Kate Festeryga has alluded to her personal relationship with Wynne, saying the premier has "consistently provided the best plan to build this province up". But are there enough "progressive" votes that the NDP can pilfer off Liberals to pull off the most unlikely upset in Ontario election history?

Repealing cap and trade would likely cost Ontario between $2 billion and $4 billion, according to a leading environmental lawyer, while most constitutional experts say a fight against Ottawa on carbon pricing is likely doomed. "They don't trust the choices he would make".


And there are seats where the disappearance of a sitting member (such as the NDP member Jagmeet Singh's move to federal politics, the retirement of former PC leader Tim Hudak and the retirement of several Liberal cabinet members) may change the calculus for voters in those seats.

Naqvi, who has represented the riding since 2007 and most recently served as the province's attorney general, called her remarks courageous.

"It is a logical next step", she said.

The Liberal leader was hoping to boost support for two of her candidates, in two ridings where boundaries had recently been redrawn.

"I don't think we're there yet".

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, from acting too extreme - one way or the other".

Wynne announced that the Liberals don't have a chance to form a majority government. However, David Peterson's Liberals and Bob Rae's NDP agreed to withhold confidence from the PC government.

"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.

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