Here’s our daily look at what’s making news on the Ontario campaign trail.
- Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford is being sued by his late brother Rob’s widow and her two children for $16.25 million. The lawsuit alleges that Doug and his brother Randy mismanaged the family business and Rob’s estate, putting Renata and her children “in a highly stressful and unfair financial position during their period of grief after Rob Ford’s death.” The claim states that under Doug and Randy’s leadership, the family’s Deco Labels has gone from a profitable business to one that has lost millions of dollars in value over the past several years. None of the allegations has been proven in court. In a statement released by his campaign, Doug Ford said, “These claims relating to Deco are completely false and we will strongly refute them in court. I have also stood by my brother and his family through so many of their challenging times, and will always be there for [Rob’s children] Stephanie and Dougie.”
- Polls show that a PC majority is likely. A daily tracking poll by Pollara for Maclean’s shows the PCs at 38 per cent, the NDP at 37 per cent, and the Liberals at 20 per cent. A Mainstreet Research survey finds the Tories at 39 per cent, the NDP at 34.3 per cent, and the Liberals at 20.2 per cent. While the PC lead is small in both these polls, it is widely believed that the Tory vote is spread more efficiently across the province, which could mean that the party will win a majority of seats even if it narrowly loses the popular vote. As of Monday afternoon, polling company Advanced Symbolics, which has been featured on The Agenda during the election, was projecting that the PCs would win 73 seats, the NDP 50 seats, and the Liberals one.
- A Toronto police officer picked by Ford as the PC candidate for Scarborough–Guildwood is under internal investigation by the force for allegedly having written a threatening email. Roshan Nallaratnam says the email is fabricated and Ford says he believes him.
- After the Liberals released a recording of Ford saying, “Guns don’t kill people. Crazy people with guns kill people,” the PC leader said that he’s in favour of strong gun laws. He also pointed to additional funding in his party’s platform for police in Toronto and Ottawa to combat gun violence.
- On The Agenda last night, Steve Paikin interviewed Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne about her remarkable decision to concede defeat over the weekend, and got reaction from three Liberals with very different views on Wynne’s decision. Steve also wrote about this unprecedented moment in Ontario politics.
- Elections Ontario reported that advance voter turnout for the 2018 election increased compared to 2014. The agency estimates that 768,895 voters took part in advance voting this year, for a voter-turnout rate of 18.8 per cent. In 2014, 647,261 Ontarians opted to vote in advance polls.
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What to watch for
- Wynne appeared on a series of radio programs earlier this morning. She will make an announcement in Toronto at 11:15 a.m., meet with supporters in London at 2:45 p.m., and then attend a Liberal party barbecue in Kitchener at 6 p.m.
- Ford will make an announcement in Toronto this morning. He will then visit several PC candidates in and around the city. He’ll be in North York to visit Robin Martin’s campaign office at 10:30 a.m., in East York to meet with Jon Kieran at 11:30 a.m., back in North York to appear with Denzil Minnan-Wong at 1 p.m., and then in Thornhill to campaign with Gila Martow at 5 p.m.
- Horwath will be at Brampton Civic Hospital this morning. Then she will spend most of the rest of the day in southwestern Ontario, making stops in Guelph at 12:05 p.m., Kitchener at 1:25 p.m., Cambridge at 2:35 p.m., Brantford at 4 p.m., Dundas at 5:25 p.m., and Burlington at 6:05 p.m. She’ll make one final stop in Toronto at 7 p.m.
- Green Party leader Mike Schreiner will do some media interviews in Toronto this morning before campaigning in Guelph for the rest of the day as he attempts to become the first Green MPP in Ontario history.
- Tonight, The Agenda With Steve Paikin will examine campaign promises made by the PCs. Then it will take a look at the spending initiatives put forth by Ontario's major parties and discuss why fiscal prudence has not been front and centre in the election campaign. Watch it on TVO at 8 p.m. or 11 p.m. You can also catch the program via Facebook and Twitter at 8 p.m.