NDP's Horwath makes strategic voting pitch to Liberal supporters

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"The more Liberal MPPs we send to Queen's Park on June 7, the less likely it becomes that either Doug Ford or the NDP will be able to form a majority government", Wynne said. "I'm the strongest local representative here", says Liberal candidate for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, Jeff Kerk.

On the first day of Toronto's Pride Month, and with just six days left in the provincial election, Doug Ford refused to say Friday whether he would march in the Pride Parade.

Wynne said she will fight for the tariffs to be repealed and, until then, to make sure Ontario's steel industry has the necessary support to remain competitive. This time, she said she planned to cast her ballot on June 7 for the NDP to try to keep Ford out of the premier's office.

"What's really remarkable this time is that within about two days of this campaign starting, that decision had more or less been made - that it was quite clear that it was going to be the NDP against the Conservatives".

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Ford's only comment about Wynne's announcement was that Ontarians are exhausted of the Liberals.

The strategic voting pitch comes as polls suggest Ontario's next premier will either be Horwath or Ford.

"Her message to Ontarians is one that I believe deeply in, and one that I hope will galvanise our province to ensure that we do not go backwards in our progress", said Boulbol. "She will no longer be premier", said Festeryga.

And that's why a vote for the Liberal Party can mean so much. Lower prices for gasoline could be expected to increase the use of cars, one of the province's major sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

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

Former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin, campaigning with Wynne in Waterloo, Ont., on Friday afternoon, applauded the federal government's "very strong" stance on USA tariffs. "That's the reality of the role premier (and) we can not let ideology get in our way".

"His list of things-to-do that he put on his website is not going to help people to decide which way to vote and what's their best interest in this campaign", Horwath said. Now, he is as bad as the others, just trying to buy votes.

When it came to accessing talent, the Liberals have promised $132 million over the next three years to creating more postsecondary STEM programming, while the NDP promises to create 27,000 new co-ops and internships and redistribute $57 million from the Jobs and Prosperity Fund for opportunities in trade.

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Liberal Michael Coteau, who served as minister of children and youth services until the election began, said news of Wynne's decision was shared in a conference call less than half an hour before she publicly announced it. Coteau, who wasn't on the call, said he learned of the move on social media.