It's a spring election! The morning after the Wynne Liberals announce their 2014 spring budget, NDP Party Leader Andrea Horwath pulls the plug! She says she she can't support the Wynne government + vote for any confidence motion on the budget. She doesn't trust Wynne to keep her promises anymore. She didn't follow through on those she made with the NDP in last year's budget. She denounces corporate interests. Earlier, Hudak the unions. Horwath is live on CP24 as I write making her statement.
Poll: Should Andrea Horwath have forced an election? Also a live Twitter news feed @ Star
Toronto Star emphasizes that many of the unions have urged her to support the budget @ Election Time!
The Globe + Mail too @ Unions?
Premier Wynne visited Lieutenant Governor David Onley to dissolve the legislature Friday afternoon, right after Horwath's announcement. At the media conference which followed she made it official: Ontario goes to the polls Thursday June 12. Wynne's election announcement is basically a campaign kickoff speech. She criticizes the NDP for it's economic "pipe dreams", the PC's for their regressive policies, especially in regards to creating a low wage economy. Here is the media release @ Spring Election!
Tim is him: Harris Redux! The union attacks have been front + centre of his election campaign launch. More @ Con-ster!
Does this sound like 1995 all over again? For more info on Timbo's secret Harris inner cabinet read my earlier blog @ Harris, Hutton, Hudak + Co.
The ThreeHundredEight.com aggregate polling numbers!
Are you ready for a spring election squeaker?! According to the 308 aggregate poll the party standings are: PC=34.2%/ OLP=34.2%/ NDP=24.7% What does that work out in the seat count at QP? The OLP would win 44 seats, the PC's 40 and the NDP 23. Then again among those Ontarians most likely to vote its a crushing 42% win for the PC's verses a 27% OLP + NDP tie. That would give Hudak a majority government when translated into seats! Crunch the numbers yourself @ So Tight It Squeaks!
An Oracle Poll released on May 7 seems to show the PC's headed for a landslide win. However despite claims to the contrary the methodology used by this little known group is suspect at best. Still, it does give one pause to think: what if they are right? See @ Reliable
Lay of the Land: Here's how Ontario voted in the 2011 provincial election poll by poll @ Ridings
Horwath's decision not to support the OLP "Trojan Horse" budget is a rejection of the era of centre left patronage + neo Liberalism according to this blogger @ Lavender Blume
Is Andrea Horwath the bravest person in Ontario or is she just counting on the other party leaders to screw up real bad on the election trail? @ Ottawa Citizen
Harris Redux! Tim is him ....
Has Andrea Horwath bit off more than she can chew? She will be campaigning against a progressive budget, and if the race becomes polarized between the PC's + OLP, the NDP might get crushed @ National Post
The new NDP has taken a dangerous political course @ Now Magazine
The Doug Little Report considers 3 very different minority government outcomes, and what is to be done @ Doug Little
IC Soapbox blogger explains why he will be voting NDP @ Reasons
Many pundits have felt it would be better for Wynne to have an election sooner verses later anyway @ Radwanski
Hooray: Election time in Ontario!
PC Hudak walks a fine line! Notice how he hasn't denounced Rob Ford after the latest outburst of drug allegations + recorded racist + homophobic comments? Truth be told, Ford Nation is a big part of his neo con vote @ Neo Consters
Why the numbers don't add up for Hudak's "million jobs plan" explained @ CCPA
The PC campaign advertising strategy emphasis will be on using the internet to get out the Conservative vote @ Online Strategy
Here's a review of Kathleen Wynnes environmental portfolio @ Ups + Down
Wynne will need to be able to leave McGuinty behind to win this election @ Duelin' Dalton
Pre budget leaks + a flurry of OLP announcements have kept everybody guessing about what would happen once the budget was announced @ Global News
NDP leader Andrea Horwath refused to meet with Wynne prior to the budget. Was this a sign all along that she had no intentions of supporting the OLP? Consider @ Canadian Press