Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has issued an election-day plea to NDP supporters to get out the vote in a political contest that some polls suggest is too close to call.
“Today is election day so please get out and vote,” Horwath said Thursday morning in Toronto.
Surrounded by a small crowd of supporters, she said similar teams would be working across the province “pulling the vote.”
“Folks like these are going to be knocking on your doors today and they’re going to be calling up today . . . to remind you to go to the ballot box and vote because today is an important day for the province of Ontario,” Horwath said.
During a morning visit to the downtown riding of Trinity-Spadina, Horwath had a message for Toronto voters — who have been strongly wooed by the Liberals in the last days of the campaign.
“I’m just saying to the good people of Toronto, if you want someone who is never going to abandon the fight . . . it’s New Democrats who will be there for you,” she said.
It was Horwath who triggered the election with her refusal to back the minority Liberals — as her party had done since the 2011 election.
But Horwath suggested she would have no regrets if this election produced a similar parliament to one that Ontario had before the vote.
“When I had the decision in front of me, it was clear that people had had enough of Liberal behaviour, they had had enough of the waste and disrespect that Liberals have shown Ontarians.
“So today the people of this province have a chance to choose change and that’s exactly what this election is all about,” Horwath said.
While most polls have the Liberals and Conservatives in a tight race with the New Democrats in third, an Ipsos Reid survey released Wednesday painted a three-way race.
The NDP jumped on that result as evidence of the momentum that Horwath has been saying is tilting their way, a message she repeated Thursday morning.
“We’ve been gaining momentum day in and day out in this campaign,” Horwath said.
“People are feeling excited to do something different for this province. I’m hoping that I’m going to be a big part of that when polls close today,” she said.
Horwath was scheduled to travel to Hamilton for noon-hour mainstreeting with Monique Taylor, the NDP candidate in Hamilton Mountain. She then had personal time planned to await the election results.