Ontario election set for June 12. Take our poll!

- May 2nd, 2014

 

Kathleen Wynne visits L-G

TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne arrives at Queens Park to meet with David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario after the NDP’s decision not to support the budget. Losing the budget vote would force an election but Wynne didn’t wait for the vote and got Onley to dissovle the legislature. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

This morning, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she’d vote against the just-tabled budget of the minority Liberal government at Queen’s Park. That, of course, would precipitate an election.

Well, Premier Kathleen Wynne didn’t even wait for the vote and visited the Lieutenant Governor this afternoon to have the election called. It’ll be a long campaign – nearly 7 weeks — but Ontarions will get to choose their next premier on June 12.

We’ll have comprehensive, continuous coverage of the Ontario election on my Sun News Network program Battleground every weeknight at 5 ET (repeated at 9 Pacific) and we’d like to know what you think. Take our poll and leave a comment in the section below. (Comments are moderated by me so if yours doesn’t show up right away, give me a minute to get to it.)

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26 comments

  1. Kevin Labonte says:

    I voted Green in 2011, and will vote Green this election. The big three only care about themselves.

    • Cc says:

      The Liberals are the way to go….well, unless you are rich! The PC’s will dismantle unions. This means wages of the working class, part of unions or not, will be slashed. The PC platform for creating jobs should not be called a “Million Jobs Plan”, it should be called a “Millionaire’s Plan”! Please, before you vote, make sure to research and watch the debates. You will quickly notice that Hudak’s answer to every question is, “I want to balance the budget”. He never addresses the question and does not state how he will BALANCE THE BUDGET. He will force the working class into poverty!

    • Jonathan Buxton says:

      I also voted for the Green party and will vote for them again. They have a plan to reduce the deficit, create jobs and invest in transit using dedicated funding tools. The Greens are the way to go!

  2. Netta Dafoe says:

    For the first time I would even be happy if the NDP got elected rather than the Liberals. The Liberals must be removed to get rid of the rot that is coming to light.
    But make no mistake I will be voting Conservative.

    • James Williams says:

      I Feel for you. I would even tollerate an NDP government, but would be finding an escape route if Liberals won even a minority.

  3. Thom Speechley says:

    I can live with a few more NDP members but I absolutely dread
    a Mike Harris “wannabee”, who hasn’t uttered an original idea from day one. Same old Tory dogma. Gawd help us!

    • John Hall says:

      I don’t know how anyone could possibly continue to support the Liberals. They don’t seem intelligent enough, or are too wrapped up in themselves to understand that they are ruining Ontario, and have told one lie after another, and seem to think that is allowable. Their abuse of our monies and their enrichments to the unions such as the teachers, the OPP, the refusal to address the arbitration awards that mire municipalities in large costs that are not affordable is again abusive to the average person and family.
      Mike Harris continues to come up on a regular basis. At least he has the moxy to take on the teachers unions. They and the others are pillaging what little monies many of have left from our pockets to fulfill their own greed.

      • Kevin Dunbar says:

        It’s funny how quickly we forget. Labour strike is one thing but the Conservatives more than doubled the debt with their tax cuts.

  4. shirley says:

    If everyone voted for a party other than the big 3 maybe they will get the message and start working for the people who elected them

  5. Brian says:

    It really disappoints me that so many will vote for a Liberal party that has proven itself to be incompetent and morally corrupt, time and time again.

    • Gerry says:

      You’re absolutely right, the liberal party is so corrupt that I don’t know how anyone that has followed their past history could even think of putting them back in office.

  6. James Williams says:

    I am so scared of McWynnie the pooh that I poll Liberal support just to scare the Conservatives and NDP off their rear ends and into the booths to cast their ballot.

    The more I declare that McWynnie is going to win, and win a majority with lots of room to spare, perhaps those normally apathetic voters will take the time to cast their ballot against her, and I personally don’t care who they vote for. Conversely, if the Liberals feel safe in their overwhelming victory, perhaps they will just go about their business and not bother.

    Ontario has a habit of voting against a politician or a party, so I’m hopeful that there is a spitting chance.

    The results of Georgie Porgie Slitherman in Toronto against Rob Ford, whom has done the Conservatives no favours, especially in Toronto, gives me hope that they will part with their previous records, and try someone or something else.

    I pray that the Castle of Toronto will have enough discontent to at minimum stay away from the ballot box, to not submit a vote at all in protest of the Liberal Corruption of the last decade.

    For the Faithful of Ontario, please pray to whatever God/Gods you believe in that sanity will return to Ontario, and the Liberals will fall. To the Athiests, please find another option than McWynnie the Pooh so we can flush that Pooh down the toilet.

    In her personal riding, let’s get out the vote against her so she doesn’t even get a seat. I heard McGuinty himself is taking the kickback job and leaving political corruption for the Green Energy Act Pastures that he setup as premiere.

  7. Roger Harper says:

    As a former member of Ford nation, i feel like a total fool for supporting a candidate of Conservative stripes. Tim Hudak is not double talking me like Rob Ford did. Shame on me for being tricked by the PC propaganda machine.

  8. larry says:

    A vote for the Conservatives is a vote for poverty.

  9. Bob says:

    I too do not understand the high percentage of liberal support shown in this informal poll. Their mistakes have proudly lead the province into a have-not province status for the first time in history. I certainly do not blame Ms. Wynne. Although she too was feeding at the trough for a considerable time it is almost sad for her to end her political career by being thrown under the bus by McGinty when he made his cowardly exit.

    I’m sure the history books will call this point in time; “The McGinty Government, The Dark Ages”. A depressing read I’m sure, but, one that all current Liberal supporters should read. If that does not change the poll numbers before July 12th then the mystery of the past government huge blunders will remain behind the Liberal firewall forever.

  10. Laurent Beaulieu says:

    I believe that the high Liberal support has to do with 2 factors, one being the too recent memory of Mike Harris, and two the Harper factor who has angered so many people. Like in Quebec the Liberals were defeated and came back roaring to power after 18 month hiatus. People prefer what they know than a far right candidate like Hudak or who knows NDP. Maybe the tough conservative talk has made too many people tired. Liberals are a lot less threatening.

  11. Bill Bott says:

    I am a Liberal voter. I have voted Liberal in every election and will continue to do so. The Liberal Party is the best option. Tim Hudak scares me. He will cut spending and give tax breaks and will not eliminate the deficit. The NDP are not fiscally responsible. The Liberal government, while not perfect have done a good job. They have made Ontario a better place to live with investment in healthcare and education. They raised the minimum wage to $11.25. Kathleen wynne is the best Premier, we have had in years.

    • Peter Westcombe says:

      Bill – You claim Tim Hudak ‘scares you’ – well, people like you scare me!

      You are critical of spending cuts like it’s a bad thing. Living within our means is what ALL of us need to do, with our home budget, as well as our public one. Do you spend more money in a year in your household than what you take in? If yes, how many years in a row do you do it? How has that worked for you? – It’s the same thing with the public purse, just with a few more zeros on the end of the amounts…

      You claim NDP is ‘not fiscally responsible’. You state you blindly support the Liberal party – who has been mired in corruption, scandal, wrongdoing and incompetence for years upon years. Kathleen Wynne has done absolutely nothing but continue the cover up of Liberal misconduct led by McGuinty.

      I find it laughable you have the temerity to surmize Mr. Hudak will not ‘eliminate the deficit’, as though you are concerned about the defecit of this province, yet you are willing to support a Liberal government that just tabled a budget for this province with a $12,500,000,000 DEFICIT. If you are so worried about eliminating the deficit, how can you vote Liberal and support putting this province another $12,500,000,000 in the hole?

      Please don’t bother to answer that question for my benefit, as you clearly have no reason based upon fact, since you have not bothered to do any research or consider your position before blindly blurting out “Liberal” contrary to your own stated fears of the alleged shortcomings of other parties. If you truly care about the deficit of Ontario, than it is counter to that concern to support a Liberal government who just proposed to put us all in a $12,500,000,000

      People with no common sense like you are what gets this province into trouble.

  12. Dan Uren says:

    The only way to end voter apathy will be to make voting mandatory! This must be legislated NOW! Secondly, any politician caught breaking the law must be punished to the FULLEST extent of the law and forfeit their golden parachute pension! Third, any promise made by a politician elected to office must be implemented by the second year of their mandate or suffer expulsion and pension forfeiture. These people need to relearn that they work for the voter and not for their party, multinationals or lobbyists.

    • Liberal's REally?? says:

      Totally agree, but I would go one step further and abolish unions in government altogether.

      Anyone working for a government agency should not be paid anymore or any less than the same job in the private sector, nor should their pension be any better.

  13. Thomas Robinson says:

    There are 500 000 people on welfare.

    500 000 people on disability .

    500 000 people on unemployment insurance.

    And another 1.3 million who work for the Ontario government.

    That is 2.6 million voters who will vote Liberal because they receive a paycheck for doing so.

    We are living under tyranny.

  14. Dontlaws says:

    Am a libertarian-leaning fiscal conservative. Beyond that, don’t have much in common with status-quo conservatism, or with social conservatism. Not a huge fan of Hudak. He still seems uncomfortable speaking his mind. That said, he seems to be doing slightly better these days as compared to the last cycle. PC white papers are generally clear. I wish his union-busting policies were still on the table but can understand why he’d pull them. Should be an interesting election. Much like the most recent Fed, I can see Libs getting eviscerated. That said, can also see labour pushing its members to vote Red. Will def be interesting elxn.

  15. Johannes says:

    Conservatives conserve. Remember Mike Harris reduced the debt by $11 billion in his tenure. Wynne is adding this amount in one year. Harris built progress, Wynne builds losers.

  16. Jason says:

    First of all Mike Harris removed the Provincial version of pensions for MPP’s in Ontario back in the 1990′s. Any plan they have is based on the individual MPP putting some of their salary aside for a later date. Second of all cutting spending does not cut the debt down it just stops adding to it. Third, selling off the 407 toll Highway was the only way Harris got a surplus in this province, and by the last year he was leader the it had fallen from $2 Billion to $600 million. By the time Ernie Eves took over it had turned into a $5 billion deficit. So much for Conservative conservation. Fourth, the Liberals saved hundreds of millions by killing hundreds of lucrative private contracts Harris had made with private sector buddies who had donated to the party.

    So vote PC if you want as they while sell off anything that is not nailed down to every private interest that donates to their party. So say good bye to public healthcare that while be totally privatized, as while every public service offered to us and if you cannot pay out of pocket well your out of luck get out of the line. I guess you wont mind when your child is dying in the streets because you cannot pay the $2,000 hospital fee upfront out of your pocket. Welcome to U.S. style healthcare but at least you do not have pay so much taxes and can by the 47 in screen TV you could not afford.

  17. Petey65 says:

    I would not vote Liberal if they were the only party running. I was listening to Yassir Naqvi trying to defend the Liberals handling of the gas plants and the deleted emails on the radio. Amazing. It almost sounded as though he believed what he was saying.
    I was in Westboro last weekend and Naqvi and another Liberal flunky were walking in front of my wife and me. He turned around and I was hoping that he would speak to us. I was prepared to tell him what I thought of him and the Liberal party. It must have been hard for me to hide the look of disgust on my face because he turned back and walked on without stopping.

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