NDP asks Ontario integrity commissioner to probe allegations against unregistered lobbyist, minister

Ontario Steelworkers endorse Andrea Horwath and the NDP

Ontario Steelworkers endorse Andrea Horwath and the NDP

Meanwhile, Windsor-Tecumseh candidate Remy Boulbol said in a written statement that Wynne has been an "inspiration to me as a woman looking to enter politics", and that the Liberal platform remains best for Ontario.

Many Ontarians were surprised and confused by Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne's announcement on Saturday that she won't be premier after Thursday's election.

"The more Liberal MPPs that we send to Queen's Park on June 7th, the less likely it becomes that either Doug Ford or the NDP will be able to form a majority government".

"Sometimes there's a reality and you have to face it, and I think the Premier was very courageous in doing that", says Hoggarth, who has served as Barrie's MPP since 2014.

As Premier, I've tried to dedicate myself to fighting for those people.

"I think that we've all had just about enough of Donald Trump", Wynne said.

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

"He won't tell anyone what his platform is either", she said. "People want clean lakes, they want clean rivers, they want clean air and we're going to make sure that we deliver that".

The strategic voting pitch comes as polls suggest Ontario's next premier will either be Horwath or Ford.

She would not say what her political future will be or whether she will remain as party leader after the election. This is a man who has defended candidates who speak ill of others - who smear people due to their religion or gender or sexual orientation. Polling aggregates and projections for weeks have been showing the PC's leading with the most seats with the NDP forming the Official Opposition.

PC Leader Doug Ford was my choice at the beginning but he has changed a lot.

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.

"Now, a vote for Kathleen Wynne and a vote for Doug Ford mean the same thing".

While the federal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done much of the heavy lifting to protect the industry in Canada, Wynne played up her own efforts.

"Our steel and aluminum industries have just been slapped with steep tariffs by the U.S. Workers in these industries are under attack".

"As far as I'm concerned this strategy is really good news for the (Progressive) Conservatives", Cochrane adds.

At this point, polls show there is less fear of an NDP government than a Tory one and this might push some potential Liberal voters to throw their support behind the New Democrats, he said.

At this point Liberals have to ask themselves: do I ever bother voting for my party if my leader has basically given up the fight?

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