Here’s our daily look at what’s making news on the Ontario campaign trail.
- It’s election day. You can vote even if you haven’t received a voter’s card — just go to your polling station with one piece of ID that shows your name and current residential address.
- All four top party leaders made their final pitches to voters on Wednesday. Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne emphasized her party’s efforts to reduce smog and the greenhouse-gas emissions that are changing the climate, and warned that PC leader Doug Ford would turn back the clock on climate progress. Ford, still facing questions over a lawsuit filed by his sister-in-law, said the Tories’ chief rival for power, the NDP, would “destroy our economy.” New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath described the election as a “stark” choice between her party’s plans to invest in public services and Ford’s plan, “one that makes the rich even richer [and] will cut our public services and cause families to struggle even more.” Green Party leader Mike Schreiner argued that his party is the only one truly willing to look beyond the next election cycle and consider Ontario’s long-term needs. “Instead of negative campaigning, Greens in every riding have fought for honest solutions on housing, mental health, transit, and helping local businesses,” he said.
- TVO.org’s John Michael McGrath explains why this election was never about Ford Nation.
- Ontario Hubs reporter Mary Baxter looks at why one of southwestern Ontario’s most diverse ridings is up for grabs.
- Ontario Hubs journalist Jon Thompson explores how the results of this election could change who gets a share of resource revenues.
- Last night’s episode of The Agenda welcomed former premiers David Peterson and Ernie Eves to discuss the 2018 campaign and their own election experiences, and then hosted a discussion about the ways today's party leaders have had to deal with the shadows of past premiers.
What to watch for
- Tonight, The Agenda With Steve Paikin will be reporting the election results and analyzing the campaign with a panel of experts: veteran journalist Robert Fisher, pollster Erin Kelly, former NDP MPP Cheri Di Novo, former PC cabinet minister Janet Ecker, former Liberal cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello, and former Green Party candidate Karolyne Pickett. TVO’s live coverage will start at 8 p.m. and continue until the last results are reported. You can also catch the broadcast via Facebook and Twitter. And be sure to follow The Agenda’s Twitter feed for the most interesting analysis and up-to-date information.
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