If Andrea Horwath has any regrets about triggering the election, they are too few to mention.
Despite a new poll suggesting the provincial election is not going her way, the NDP leader insisted Thursday the end is not here and she’s not worried about facing the final curtain.
“People have an important choice before them on June 12 and I am not going to be so arrogant as to presuppose what choice they’re going to make,” Horwath told reporters outside of the St. Andrew’s subway station on University Avenue.
“That’s the day when the most important poll happens and I look forward to the choice the people make and the choice that the people make is the right choice because that’s our democracy,” she said.
“People want to make a choice. They’re tired of a wasteful, corrupt Liberal government that has not kept their promises and has not ensured that the basics are taken care of in this province.”
Horwath, who sparked the election by saying her party couldn’t support the May 2 budget, stressed she is remaining “neutral” on whether the NDP, which propped up the minority Liberals for two years, would again do so.
She made her comments with NDP incumbent Rosario Marchese (Trinity-Spadina) at her side.
Marchese’s downtown Toronto seat is one of the Liberals’ key targets in next month’s election.
The largest rally of the campaign so far was a Grit event last week on College Street with hundreds of partisans at the Mod Club to see Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne and national leader Justin Trudeau with Trinity-Spadina provincial and federal by-election candidates Han Dong and Adam Vaughan.
A new Forum Research poll released Thursday found Wynne’s Liberals and Hudak’s Tories tied with 36 per cent apiece, ahead of Horwath’s NDP at 20 per cent and Mike Schreiner’s Greens at 7 per cent.
Forum used interactive voice-response phone calls to survey 882 people across the province on Tuesday and results are considered accurate to within three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Pollster Lorne Bozinoff extrapolated the results, projecting the Grits, who usually win urban ridings by narrow margins, would take 50 seats in 107-member legislature to 42 for the Conservatives, who traditionally amass large pluralities in rural constituencies, and 15 for the NDP.
At dissolution, the minority Liberals held 48 seats, including Speaker Dave Levac, the Tories had 37, the NDP 21, and there was one vacancy.
Forum’s poll is weighted statistically by age, region, and other variables to ensure the sample reflects the actual population according to the latest census data. The weighting formula has been shared with the Star and raw polling results are housed at the University of Toronto’s political science department’s data library.