Regional Kathleen Wynne Concedes Defeat News Centre News

Henrietta Brewer
June 5, 2018

As party leader and subsequently Premier, Wynne quickly set about shifting Liberal policies and ideology firmly to the left.

Only the New Democrats can prevent the Progressive Conservatives under Doug Ford from forming government in Ontario next week, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Friday in her most direct pitch yet to Liberal voters.

Ford has said a Tory government would run deficits for the first two or three years, but his plan doesn't spell out the size of those deficits, a path to balance or a way to start paying down the debt.

"When I get elected we'll sit down and we'll make that decision", Ford said. Veteran journalist David Akin of Global News tweeted that Wynne's press conference was "just about the strangest thing I've seen in politics". She warned about what an NDP or Progressive Conservative majority government would bring, and pitched votes for the Liberals as a way to keep either of those parties in check.

University of Toronto political scientist Chris Cochrane told CTV News Channel that he believes Wynne's speech indicates a "clever" strategy that shows the Liberals are playing the long game.

Ms. Morrison said she brought her concerns to Ms. Wynne after the incident in 2013.

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.

Wynne's criticism of her rivals comes as recent polls suggest either Horwath or Ford could be the next premier.

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

The Liberals have been trailing the NDP and PCs in the polls, and Wynne admits her party can not win the June 7th vote.

She would not endorse either party and would not say whether she will stay on as leader after June 7.

Liberals say that now their focus is on trying to maintain official party status in the legislature, which requires at least eight seats.

"The Liberal and NDP campaigns are set up on this idea that there's going to be the first part of the election - which is a primary between the two of them and the victor will then go and fight the Conservatives", Graefe said. He told reporters his attention is only on winning government, saying his party is taking nothing for granted.

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.

"And the polluters, any companies that decide to pollute, we're going to come down heavy on them, we're going to come down really heavy on them". They don't trust the choices he would make.

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