Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Ford won't say if he'll march in the Pride Parade

Ford won't say if he'll march in the Pride Parade Ford won't say if he'll march in the Pride Parade
Melissa Porter | 04 June, 2018, 22:58

"Over the past year, I have met with 37 governors, I have met with senators, I've met with congresspeople, I've met with senior members of the USA administration, all in an attempt to make it clear what our integrated relationship means to workers on both sides of the border", said Wynne, who has been trailing behind her rivals in recent polls.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne acknowledged not only that the election is lost, but that she won't be premier after June 7 and encouraged voters to ensure an NDP or PC minority government, on Saturday. "Electing a Doug Ford government will do exactly that". As for regrets, Wynne said: "I wish I could have figured out how to make it clearer to people that I do care, that I want their lives to be better - because I think part of the antipathy, part of the reason that people don't like me - those who don't like me - is that they don't know that I actually do care about them".

"I'm running hard in my own riding, Don Valley West, because I want to go back to Queen's Park to continue to work for you, bringing our Liberal values to Queen's Park", she said.

The more Liberal MPPs we send to Queen's Park on June 7th, the less likely it becomes that either Doug Ford or the NDP will be able to form a majority government.

"He won't tell anyone what his platform is either", she said. "What's worrisome is we have a leader who's trying to take the chair of the premier in this province and he's not being honest with people".

"I know that there are people who are trying to decide how to vote on June 7 and they are anxious about a majority (Progressive Conservative) Doug Ford government", Wynne said. This is a man who has defended candidates who speak ill of others - who smear people due to their religion or gender or sexual orientation.

"Now, a vote for Kathleen Wynne and a vote for Doug Ford mean the same thing".

Wynne wouldn't say whether she'll stay on as party leader after the election, but stressed she would keep fighting for her slate in the last days of the campaign.

Wynne says whichever way the vote goes, people should hope for a minority win to keep the government "from acting too extreme - one way or the other". His NDP won just two seats in that election.

PC Leader Doug Ford was my choice at the beginning but he has changed a lot.

Wynne told reporters she is "150 per cent committed" to Trudeau's response.

The Liberal candidates in three of Windsor-Essex's ridings have reacted to the news that Wynne is not expecting to be premier in the next government. "They're hoping they can salvage (the party).it's about saying to people: don't abandon us".

At this point, polls show there is less fear of an NDP government than a Tory one and this might push some potential Liberal voters to throw their support behind the New Democrats, he said. "I really believe that now the time for talk is done".

The Liberal Party has been trailing a distant third in recent polls, and Wynne's popularity has been low.