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Provincial Election 2014

What the outcome of this election will mean for Toronto.

Photos of Tim Hudak and Kathleen Wynne by Christopher Drost. Photo of Andrea Horwath courtesy of the Ontario NDP. Photo of Mike Schreiner from his Facebook page.

Welcome to the spring provincial election campaign. Blue boxes brim with glossy flyers, streets and cafés are alive with indifference, and every subway station has been staked out by partisan enthusiasts eager to explain how much gridlock costs. Polls reveal the Liberals and the Conservatives in a dead heat for first, with the NDP trailing in third place.

This time around, between Liberal spending scandals, Tory math errors, and NDP political drift, each of the major parties has done its best to shoot itself in the foot. But someone will form a government after voters mark their ballots on June 12, and we’ve compiled a handy summary of what each party is promising to do if it wins.



What a Progressive Conservative Win Would Mean for Toronto
 
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  What a Liberal Win Would Mean for Toronto

 
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  What an NDP Win Would Mean for Toronto

 
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What a Green Win Would Mean for Toronto
 
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Comments

  • mixandserve

    Hee! I am SO excited about tonight’s debate. Its going to be awesome watching Hudak shoot his entire campaign in the foot.

    Watch for him to be a sweaty wreck by the end of the night, clammy as yesterday’s fish…which is how he’ll be in the polls tomorrow morning.

    It’s going to be equally lovely watching the ONPCs (Tea Party North) spiral out of sight in the next 10 days.

    • HotDang

      I’d love to see that happen. Hudak is definitely a choker. Here’s hoping.

    • dsmithhfx

      Andrea will do an unconvincing hissy fit (she telegraphed earlier).

      The others will provide soporifics.

      • OgtheDim

        20 minutes of “Liberal corruption” and “a betrayal of middle class Ontarians by the Liberal/Conservatives”

    • OgtheDim

      Like it or not, Hudak’s sub message of making somebody somewhere pay for this mess has traction.

      Despite the gaffe’s of his platform, he’s not losing as much support as he should be.

      ***********

      Given where their potential gains can come from is really only from within Lib support, I fully expect both Horwath and Hudak to go full bore after Wynne tonight.

      Hudak needs Horwath to be stronger so his wedge issue / vote splitting strategy works.

      Horwath doesn’t want to make Hudak into a bogeyman as that might scare people from voting for here.

      Those two need each other.

      Wynne, on the other hand, has two jobs tonight.

      a) paint the Tory platform as evil that everybody must rally to defeat
      b) put McGuinty out to pasture

      • dsmithhfx

        What are the odds Hudak will use the phrase “million jobs” tonight?

        • OgtheDim

          He’s darned if he does or doesn’t.

          If he does, he’ll get skewered for his logic.

          If he doesn’t, he’ll get skewered for backing down.

          • dsmithhfx

            Well, if he doesn’t, someone else surely will!

          • OgtheDim

            Only Wynne will.

            Hudak as bogeyman does not help the ONDP plan anywhere in Ontario.

          • dsmithhfx

            I think Horwath has a decent shot at the OPC leadership after they ditch Timbo. At least she can walk the talk.

    • TheSotSays

      “Clammy as yesterdays fish” ???

      Tough for anyone to be as clammy as McWhinntie.

  • OgtheDim

    Too bad we can’t harness the energy of the political spin that is going to be thrown out in the next 24 hours – would be able to light all our houses for a month.