Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

NDP's Horwath makes strategic voting pitch to Liberal supporters

NDP's Horwath makes strategic voting pitch to Liberal supporters

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne acknowledged not only that the election is lost, but that she won't be premier after June 7 and encouraged voters to ensure an NDP or PC minority government, on Saturday.

If you think about it, why would you allow Liberals to hold the balance of power in a minority government, when 80 per cent voters have already rejected them retaining power anyway?

Following the announcement on Thursday, Horwath said Ontario steel workers were "dealt a direct blow" from the Trump administration while attacking Wynne's credibility of protecting workers. I was at Queen's Park at the time and actually thought she sounded reasonable, a real moderate. Acknowledging that the Ontario Liberal Party has no chance of winning the most seats on Thursday, Wynne told reporters in Toronto that she's appealing to Ontarians to use their votes to prevent a "blank cheque" majority government for either the New Democrats or Progressive Conservatives.

The Liberal party has formed government, first under Dalton McGuinty and then under Kathleen Wynne, for 15 years now - ever since 2003.

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.

Ms. Horwath sent a letter to Ontario's Integrity Commissioner on Friday morning, asking the office to probe the findings of The Globe's investigation.

With the election roughly a week away, Wynne travelled to the heart of her NDP rival's riding on Wednesday to portray herself as the only seasoned stateswoman in the campaign capable of rising above the ideological fray.

Provincial support could take the form of worker training or education but the Liberal party is still figuring out how to best support the industry if the tariffs persist, Wynne said. "What's worrisome is we have a leader who's trying to take the chair of the premier in this province and he's not being honest with people".

"It is a logical next step", she said. "I really believe that now the time for talk is done". 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.

My vote goes to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. By voting Liberal you can keep the next government, Conservative or NDP, accountable to you. The leaders of the Liberals and the NDP meet with members of the press and answer questions as they are asked; each leader is accompanied by a press bus as they campaign around the province, so that the public can be made aware of every step, every promise.

Back in 1977 a colleague and I, conducting an Ontario voter survey, posed a question about second choices. If the NDP wins a majority, they'll hike taxes and kill jobs.

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