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article imageOnt. Liberal, PC Leaders make election campaign stops in Toronto Special

By Andrew Moran     Sep 9, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - The Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty and Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak made election campaign stops in the city of Toronto Friday. The Ontario Premier met with Indian filmmakers and Hudak made a speech to the Economic Club.
The 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival is in town for the next two weeks, which is the same time that the Ontario party leaders are attempting to sway voters for the upcoming provincial general election in October.
On Friday, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak made election campaign stops in downtown Toronto. McGuinty met with filmmakers and Hudak spoke about jobs and the economy
Dalton McGuinty
Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty during a photo-op event with his wife and Indian filmmakers.
Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty during a photo-op event with his wife and Indian filmmakers.
The Liberal Premier met with Bollywood producer Ajay Virmani, Indian motion picture actor Akshay Kumar and Chairman and CEO of Alliance Films, Victor Loewy, at the film studio’s office in Toronto.
McGuinty met with the Indian filmmakers to thank them for producing their hockey movie “Breakaway” in the Greater Toronto Area and partnering with Alliance Films. He alluded to the thousands of employment opportunities being created with the Ontario-India motion picture partnership.
“Ontario’s diversity provides a unique opportunity to be part of the rapid, global growth of the Indian film industry,” said the Ontario Premier in a prepared statement. “We have two things going for us – highly educated workers who can make state-of-the-art movies and special effects, and a diverse population that helps us connect with cultures throughout the world.”
Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty during a photo-op event with his wife and Indian filmmakers.
Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty during a photo-op event with his wife and Indian filmmakers.
The premier touched upon how this film tells a premise that Ontarians go through every day: family, hockey and tradition.
“Only in Ontario could you make a movie like this – not only do we love hockey, but our people live this story every day,” added McGuinty. “We’ve built a province where we celebrate different cultures, while also working together – all of us – to build a great quality of life.”
“Breakaway” stars Rob Lowe, Russell Peters, Camilla Belle and Vinay Virmani. The movie surrounds a young Sikh who has aspirations of becoming a hockey player, but battles with his family traditions.
The film premieres at this year’s TIFF.
Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Tim Hudak
Speaking at the InterContinental Hotel to the Economic Club, the Progressive Conservative Leader vowed to create jobs and enhance the middle class in the province. He warned that the Liberals and New Democratic Party would just kill jobs.
Although Tim Hudak has yet to provide a specific number as to how many jobs his government would create, the PC Member of Provincial Parliament has criticized the incumbent premier’s proposal of a $10,000 tax credit to foreign workers.
“We believe in freeing the job creators,” said Hudak. “In letting customers and markets determine which companies succeed and grow, not government bureaucrats, not politicians. Ladies and gentlemen, if we keep doing more of the same, we'll get more of the same results of the last eight years. With an Ontario PC government, creating jobs will be job one.”
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and his wife.
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and his wife.
Poll
A new Harris/Decima poll finds that the Liberal Leader has a commanding 11-point lead over his rival. The survey found that McGuinty is holding 40 percent support, the Tory leader sits in second with 29 percent and Horwath’s NDP is again narrowing the gap with 24 percent support.
This is the first poll conducted where McGuinty holds a lead. The last poll, conducted by Nanos Research, showed the PCs with a five-point lead over the Grits.
The telephone survey was conducted with 650 randomly selected adults between Aug. 26 and Sept. 6. The poll contains a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points.
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