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article imageOnt. NDP Leader has 'no tricks up sleeve' ahead of Election Day Special

By Andrew Moran     Oct 5, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Before heading out on her 12-hour campaign blitz across the province of Ontario, New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath made a brief stop at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square where she toured the Farmers’ Market and took questions from reporters.
As Election Day nears for Ontario voters, the party leaders are trying to rally the troops and grab last minute votes. Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty has a light schedule as he spends Wednesday in three towns. Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath, on the other hand, have a heavy itinerary one day before voters head to the polls.
Before heading off on a 12-hour election tour in non-traditional NDP Ontario ridings, the party leader made a brief campaign stop at Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market in Toronto. Horwath toured the market and spoke with various vendors.
Horwath continued to invoke her message of “real change” and urged voters to “put people first at the polls” on Thursday.
Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath speaking to a flower vendor.
Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath speaking to a flower vendor.
“We’re just going to keep our troops motivated,” said Horwath during a media scrum just outside of city hall. “It’s the day before Election Day, there’s a lot of work to be done over the next 48 hours and we’re going to have some fun. We’re going to keep that momentum going.”
Horwath congratulated the NDP in Manitoba following a decisive victory Tuesday – Manitoba NDP Leader Greg Selinger led his party to a fourth-straight majority government.
“We saw the election in Manitoba last night where the NDP won,” noted the Hamilton Centre Member of Provincial Parliament. “I think they made a smart choice in Manitoba and I’m hoping the people of Ontario make that same kind of smart choice tomorrow.”
When asked if the premier is “running out the clock” as he maintains a light schedule, Horwath said that every party is different, but in regards to her own campaign, she has always been excited about the NDP momentum, meeting voters in the province, having fun and promoting a positive message.
Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath buying fresh apples at Toronto s Nathan Phillips ...
Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath buying fresh apples at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.
Although it is the last day on the campaign trail, Horwath confirmed that she has “no tricks up my sleeve” and is not introducing any last minute election promises.
“I think we have been pretty clear. People do have a choice. They can go back to the same old government as it raised taxes, put that unfair HST on families that made life more difficult., creating a healthcare system where people can’t get their needs met, that’s giving blank checks to companies that ship our jobs away. Or they can choose the kind of change that puts people on top of the agenda.”
There have been reports that participation in advanced polling is up and Horwath said that a lot of young people she has spoken to are heading to the polls. Despite their voting choice, though, Horwath confirmed that she “will be fighting in their corner starting the day after tomorrow.”
A lot of polls suggest that Ontario will have a minority government. When asked who she would rather partner with, Horwath responded that “she is dancing with the people” to make sure the province works for them.
Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath speaking at a medium scrum outside of Toronto s C...
Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath speaking at a medium scrum outside of Toronto's City Hall.
Poll
The latest poll by Ipsos Reid for CFRB NewsTalk 1010, Global News and Ottawa Citizen suggests that McGuinty’s Liberals have 41 percent support and Tim Hudak’s Tories are sitting 10 points behind with 31 percent support. Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats still sit in third with 25 percent and Mike Schreiner’s Green Party has three percent support.
The telephone survey was conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct. 3 with 1,020 adults. The poll contains a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.
Voting booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day. For more information about Thursday’s election, click here.
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