Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne’s re-election campaign targeted NDP ridings in Toronto on her final day of campaigning before Thursday’s provincial election.
For the third day in a row, Wynne stopped at a school to deliver her message that Progressive Conservative Tim Hudak’s promised 100,000 public sector job cuts would damage education by cutting teachers and support workers and hurt a fragile economy.
She again reached out to NDP voters for support in a bid to become Ontario’s first woman premier chosen in a general election.
“I am hoping that everyone in the province who is looking for a positive, progressive plan will look at us and will vote for us because, if they don’t, Tim Hudak will be premier,” she said at a French school in Toronto-Danforth, held by New Democrat stalwart Peter Tabuns.
“It is a tight enough race . . . that will happen.”
A Forum Research poll in Wednesday’s Star puts the Liberals at 42 per cent, the Conservatives at 35 per cent, the NDP at 19 per cent and the Green Party at three per cent.
With a four percentage point margin of error, the Liberals could be as low as 38 per cent and the Conservatives as high as 39 per cent.
Wynne said she is not “taking anything for granted” and will wait for the verdict from voters.
The Liberals, in power since 2003 and reduced to a minority in the 2011 election, are hoping to gain some NDP ridings in Toronto after New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath forced the election by refusing to support a spring budget Wynne describes as the most progressive in years.
The alternative is Hudak’s job-cutting plan, a 30 per cent reduction in corporate tax rates and inflated estimates in his “million jobs plan” that has been widely criticized by economists, Wynne said.
She denied trying to win the election by fearmongering.
“I’m simply stating what Tim Hudak has said he will do,” Wynne told reporters. “We have to contrast. People have to know what the choices are. People are going to make a very important decision tomorrow.”
After whistle stops with Liberal candidates in NDP ridings throughout the day, Wynne was heading to Etobicoke-Lakeshore in the early evening — the lone Conservative riding in the 416 area code that Hudak has hoped to use as a springboard to more.
The Liberals lost the riding to former deputy mayor Doug Holyday in byelections last August.
Holyday is again facing off against city councillor Peter Milczyn and New Democrat P.C. Choo.