Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Liberals raise Doug Ford drug allegations in campaign ads

Liberals raise Doug Ford drug allegations in campaign ads

"The tariffs on steel and aluminum exports imposed by (U.S. President Donald) Trump yesterday are completely unacceptable to me", Wynne said at a campaign event near Hamilton, one of Ontario's steel-producing cities.

These candidates are now among the slew of Liberals who will have to find a their own oath to victory, asking voters to give them a chance to hold a Progressive Conservative or NDP government in check after the June 7 election.

And strong mayors certainly don't guarantee successful government in big American centres, he said, citing New York's crumbling subway system and problems with policing in various locales south of the border.

"When you're being bullied you have to stand up to the bully", she said.

"I think it would be a very bad move", says Myer Siemiatycki, a politics professor at Toronto's Ryerson University.

The latest polls show Ford tracking toward a majority government, although the Ontario NDP under Andrea Horwath have a slightly larger share of the popular vote and momentum.

In a remarkable twist, just five days before the provincial election on June 7, the leader of the governing Liberal Party has essentially conceded the election, saying in a press conference acknowledging that "I will not be the premier after June 7th".

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath visited the campaign office of London North Centre candidate Judy Bryant in London, Ont. on Friday May 16, 2014.

"On the one end of the spectrum, you have Doug Ford - he's expressed his admiration for Donald Trump, despite the chaos, the uncertainty that the Trump administration has caused Ontario", Wynne said.

But Wynne says people should vote Liberal to prevent the NDP or PC from securing a majority.

On Friday, Wynne stuck to her defensive pitch - that she would still make the best leader - saying people need to be "very careful" in deciding who would be best at building the province.

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

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

Clearly, if one party wins a majority of the seats, they will form the government, but polls to date suggest the results may not be that straightforward.

"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.

"They're for the working people".

With the election roughly a week away, Wynne travelled to the heart of her NDP rival's riding on Wednesday to portray herself as the only seasoned stateswoman in the campaign capable of rising above the ideological fray.

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