Kathleen Wynne concedes as Ontario Liberals trail NDP, PCs in polls

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Kathleen Wynne, who has been in the Ontario Legislature for the past 15 years, serving as premier since 2013, said "I will no longer be Ontario's Premier".

During an event in North York on Saturday morning, Kathleen Wynne, who has served as Ontario's premier for the past five years, conceded she would not be premier after the election on June 7. "And her request today for a minority government is a demand that she be allowed to continue to hold the power at Queen's Park - something voters have already rejected", Horwath noted in a statement. 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".

Her plea is meant to help the Ontario Liberals save seats, and she basically said as much.

Wynne spent much of the previous weeks issuing dire warnings as to what might happen to the province should her opponents win.

Naturally, Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath responded stating a Liberal vote now is a vote for a Progressive Conservative Doug Ford majority.

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Facing accusations of hypocrisy and negative campaigning, Kathleen Wynne says she will leave the Ontario election with her "head held high".

"It is hard to hear that", said Ottawa-Centre candidate Yasir Naqvi, who heard about the comments on a conference call only a short time before Wynne went public.

Wynne's speech urged voters to support their local Liberal candidates to keep the NDP or Progressive Conservatives from having a "blank cheque" with which to run Ontario.

The decision was a hard one to make, she said, but seemed to be the only solution in an election where voters appear set on a new government but reluctant to fully hand over the reins to either of her rivals.

Horwath accused Wynne of playing a "dangerous game". But as the polls painted an increasingly grim picture, she was forced to come to terms with her own waning popularity. But the only way they can assure she is Premier, the only way progressive voters can stop Ford, is to vote NDP. "Let's not go from bad to worse".

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In her latest campaign strategy, Wynne has addressed that fact that she is not well liked.

It's a decision all three Liberals say they hope voters aren't making lightly. "I can be counted on to fight for and protect the people of Sudbury".

"It's a realization that the Kathleen Wynne brand might be more detrimental than the Liberal party brand", she said. "We will fix this".

But Wynne did say she hopes people will elect enough Liberal MPPs on Thursday's election to stave off a majority government win for either Doug Ford's PC Party or Andrea Horwath's NDP.

By taking the blame, Wynne could be saving some of her key candidates who otherwise might have been tarnished by public opinion of her, Small said.

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