ONTARIO VOTES: Wynne Concedes Defeat, Urges Voters to Choose Liberals

Kathleen Wynne says she won’t be Ontario premier, urges voters to ensure an NDP or PC minority government

Ontario premier concedes defeat ahead of next week's polls

Kathleen Wynne has publicly conceded she won't be premier after Ontario residents go to the polls this Thursday.

On June 7th voters will elect a new government. "The choice is between me and Doug Ford, (and) to those who have voted Liberal in the past, I invite you to join us to stop Doug Ford and vote for the kind of change that Ontario needs". On Thursday, Ms. Wynne told reporters that she did not recall the situation: "I don't recall a contentious exchange with Glen Murray, I just don't recall", she said.

We're in the homestretch of this election campaign and I just wanted to say a few words about what lies ahead and my perspective on the decision left to voters.

With her party effectively tied with the Tories in most polls and the Liberals unlikely to form government, Ms. Horwath said that Ontarians still deserve an explanation of what happened.

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne takes her campaign to eastern Ontario, making an announcement in Orleans, visiting a cheese factory in St-Albert, and attending an evening barbecue in Belleville.

In 2014 Horwath shifted her party to the centre, right of Wynne, to try to gain some voter traction away from the Tories.

Former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin, campaigning with Wynne in Waterloo, Ont., on Friday afternoon, applauded the federal government's "very strong" stance on US tariffs.

People want change but, by and large, they are confident about where Ontario stands and where Ontario's headed.

The NDP would also ask Elections Ontario to call for independent experts to make recommendations on how the agency could introduce rules to oversee the nomination of candidates by the province's political parties.

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"We must work domestically to make Ontario and Canada more competitive".

Wynne's speech urged voters to support their local Liberal candidates to keep the NDP or Progressive Conservatives from having a "blank cheque" with which to run Ontario. "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".

And NDP Leader Andrea Horwath makes her way from Mississauga to Peterborough, Ont., finishing the day with a stop in Bowmanville.

"It is a logical next step", she said.

But since then we have come to believe party affiliations, where they exist at all, are quite volatile. And I will fight for them.

It's clear the Liberals can't recover enough to win a majority of the legislature's seats, and given the concentration of the NDP vote in particular areas, it would also be surprising as well if the New Democrats won a majority.

"But you know it's still not too late for me to be swayed one way or the other as well", Benoit said - although he added he would only consider switching his vote to the NDP.

"His list of things-to-do that he put on his website is not going to help people to decide which way to vote and what's their best interest in this campaign", Horwath said.

The New Democratic Party, better known as the NDP, has languished in the outer darkness since the election of the Harris Conservatives in 1995: somehow, the NDP and the premier were held personally responsible for the worldwide recession that occurred during their time in office (recovery started shortly before the '95 election). If the NDP wins a majority, they'll hike taxes and kill jobs.

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