NDP's Horwath makes strategic voting pitch to Liberal supporters

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Wynne wouldn't say whether she'd stay on as party leader following the vote.

With just five days to go until voters head to the polls in Ontario, Liberal leader - and incumbent premier - Kathleen Wynne has announced she is conceding.

She says Ford's Progressive Conservatives have an agenda that's completely different from the New Democrats, and if people want a "positive, hopeful future", they should vote for her party. Paul's, and her own riding of Don Valley West.

The Ontario 2018 election is taking place on June 7.

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.

The Liberal leader was hoping to boost support for two of her candidates, in two ridings where boundaries had recently been redrawn. Therefore, she says people should vote Liberal to ensure the other parties can not win anything except a minority.

If you think about it, why would you allow Liberals to hold the balance of power in a minority government, when 80 per cent voters have already rejected them retaining power anyway?

So, it comes down to this - voters are going to pick a new premier but they are generally anxious about giving that person - whether it's Doug Ford or the NDP - too much power. "Let's not go from bad to worse".

Throughout the provincial election campaign Ford has promised to scrap Ontario's cap and trade program and the emission-reducing programs it funds while also fighting a federal carbon price, but has given little hint of what he might be willing to do to protect the environment.

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"We need to do everything to make sure we get at least eight seats in the legislature.so we can be in a position again to be a moderating influence on the other two parties", he said.

"Kathleen Wynne has abandoned the fight against Doug Ford cuts". He told reporters his attention is only on winning government, saying his party is taking nothing for granted.

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. "It gives the mayor more authority to organize things the way he wants, which I think is important".

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

"So I think electorally, it's strategic, but as a leader of a party, I actually think it's really selfless".

I knew there was a chance that I would end up in the opposition because, after 15 years, it's normal that there'd be a changing of the guard.

"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. The NDP, after all, have only formed government once, in 1990.

"It's a risky strategy for the Liberals, very much a Hail Mary kind of pass at the late stages of the game", he said.

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