Ontario election agenda: What you need to know for May 29

Doug Ford boasts about the quality of his team but still has no platform, while Andrea Horwath has a platform but faces questions about the quality of her team
By Daniel Kitts - Published on May 29, 2018
Caroline Mulroney, Doug Ford, Christine Elliott
Doug Ford flanked by Caroline Mulroney and Christine Elliott, his former rivals for the Tory leadership. (Frank Gunn/CP)

Here’s our daily look at what’s making news on the Ontario campaign trail.

Latest news

  • Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford showcased about a dozen of his party’s top candidates in an effort to demonstrate that, following the June 7 vote, the Tories will be “ready, right out of the gates” to govern. But when he was asked when the PC platform will be released, Ford would say only that one is coming. PC candidate Christine Elliott said of the platform, “I can’t tell you exactly what day that’s going to happen, but it will be released before the campaign is over.”
  • NDP leader Andrea Horwath said that Ford’s “ready to govern” event is a sign that he arrogantly assumes he’s going to win. “Mr. Ford may want to be measuring the drapes at Queen’s Park, but what I want to do is stay focused on families,” she said. She also slammed Ford’s argument that the NDP’s candidates lack the experience needed to run Ontario. “I can tell you with confidence that I have a slate of candidates that is stellar in terms of their experience. We have a number of MPPs that are going to get re-elected that have a great deal of [experience] in the legislature.”
  • Two new polls confirm that the election may be coming down to a battle between the Tories and NDP. The first, by Ipsos, shows Tory fortunes rebounding a bit: the party has retaken the lead after the previous Ipsos survey showed them in second. Ipsos now puts PC support among decided voters at 37 per cent, the NDP at 34 per cent, and the Liberals at 22 per cent. However, a poll by Mainstreet Research gives the lead to the NDP, which has 39.3 per cent support among decided and leaning voters. The PCs are close behind at 37.3 per cent, while the Liberals clock in at just 16 per cent.

What to watch for

  • Wynne will make an announcement in Oakville at 10 a.m., meet with the Globe and Mail’s editorial board at 1 p.m., and then visit the Jump for Joy Play Centre in Toronto at 3 p.m.
  • PC candidates Lisa MacLeod and Todd Smith held a press conference to attack the NDP’s hydro plan this morning, arguing it will increase electricity prices. Ford will make an announcement at the Portal Village Retirement Home in Port Colborne at 10:45 a.m., and then appear at a rally at the Royal Canadian Legion branch in Welland at 6 p.m.
  • Horwath will make an announcement at Upwood Park Co-Op Building in North York this morning. She’ll then hold a series of campaign events in southwestern Ontario, where NDP support is strong. She’ll be in Brantford at 1 p.m., Stratford at 3 p.m., and Chatham-Kent at 6 p.m.
  • Green leader Mike Schreiner will outline his party’s plans for creating jobs in the cleantech economy at an event with local candidates in Kitchener at 10 a.m.
  • The latest The Agenda on Politics podcast looks at absentee ballots and talks to voters about what it means to vote in an election when you’re living somewhere else.
  • Tonight, The Agenda With Steve Paikin will welcome social scientist and pollster Nik Nanos to offer his perspective on the forces reshaping liberal democracies worldwide. Then the program will look at the psychological forces that drive voter decisions and discuss what's on the minds of Ontario's millennials in this 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.
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