Jun 11, 2014

By Jane Brown

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The political landscape appears to be shifting ahead of tomorrow’s provincial election.  A new Forum Research poll gives a slight lead to the Kathleen Wynne Liberals over the Tim Hudak Progressive Conservatives.  The survey was conducted on Monday and suggests the Liberals have 42 percent voter support, followed by the P.C.’s at 35 percent and the New Democrats at 19 percent support.  In last week’s Forum poll, the Liberals had 39 percent to 37 percent for the Conservatives.  Forum president Lorne Bozinoff says “a blitz of attack ads seem to be fueling changes.  Another emerging theme is Green voters flocking to the Liberals.”

We’ve seen often-contradicting polls over this campaign. Pollsters admit they are having more trouble getting an accurate picture of voting preferences because fewer and fewer people have home phones.

Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne is spending the day in Toronto as she continues to offer voters a stark choice on election day, “between the plan we have in investing and building up the province and the plan that the Tories are putting forward which would slow the recovery, which would take us in the wrong direction, and would cut 100,000 of our neighbours and friends, cut their jobs.”

P.C. Leader Tim Hudak is in Mississauga, Waterloo, Niagara Falls and Jarvis today.  Yesterday, he was selling a message of hope for Ontarians.  NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has 8 campaign stops today, mostly in the GTA.  In Kitchener yesterday, Horwath offered a message to people who’ve voted Liberal in the past.  “This election, you can get amazing MPPs, like Catherine Fife, MPPs that share your priorities, like better schools, like shorter wait times in our healthcare system, like a province where no one is left behind, or you can get Tim Hudak MPPs.”  Horwath will be joined today in her campaigning by Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.



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