Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

NewsAlert: Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne admits she won't win provincial election

NewsAlert: Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne admits she won't win provincial election

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. "We need to stay strong".

Wynne said she made Saturday's announcement because it would free up voters to think strategically, riding by riding. Paul's, and her own riding of Don Valley West. 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.

Ford's claim to be "for the people" is just a "facade", she said.

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

"I smoked marijuana and I didn't deal marijuana", he said.

The Tories began the campaign with a significant lead only to find themselves now battling the NDP for first place in the polls, which also show the Liberals falling further behind both.

"Her request today for a minority government is a demand that she be allowed to continue to hold the power at Queen's Park - something voters have already rejected", Horwath said in a statement. "That's the reality of the role premier (and) we can not let ideology get in our way".

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.

Up in Parry Sound-Muskoka, Liberal candidate Brenda Rhodes says she's received a lot of support from constituents, which fuels her commitment to fighting for a seat at the legislature.

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

Asked about Ford's non-answer, Wynne used the opportunity to take a jab at Ford for other issues that he hasn't yet answered.

Marie-France Lalonde, the party's candidate in Ottawa-Orleans and a former minister in Wynne's government, said the announcement won't dissuade her from door knocking.

"Our system encourages and also thrives under minority governments at times, and this is one of those times", said Bortolin.

"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".

One could have concluded the NDP had very little likelihood of success in that circumstance, but 13 years later, in 1990, they formed the government.

"It's a risky strategy for the Liberals, very much a Hail Mary kind of pass at the late stages of the game", he 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.

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