Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
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Wynne pledges support for Ontario steel companies amid US tariffs

Wynne pledges support for Ontario steel companies amid US tariffs

"The tariffs on steel and aluminum exports imposed by [U.S. President Donald Trump] yesterday are completely unacceptable to me", Ms. Wynne said at a campaign event near Hamilton, one of Ontario's steel-producing cities.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath appealed to traditional Liberal voters on Friday, saying they should choose her party if they want to avoid a Doug Ford government.

Trailing in the polls with less than a week until the June 7 election, the Liberals have dropped the H-bomb - as in hash - on Doug Ford.

"I'm running hard in my own riding, Don Valley West, because I want to go back to Queen's Park to continue to work for you, bringing our Liberal values to Queen's Park", she said.

Kathleen Wynne, I think, is the worst politican I have ever seen.

Acknowledging that the Ontario Liberal Party has no chance of winning the most seats on Thursday, Wynne told reporters in Toronto that she's appealing to Ontarians to use their votes to prevent a "blank cheque" majority government for either the New Democrats or Progressive Conservatives.

"When you're being bullied, you have to stand up to the bully", she said.

She told the Star the ads are in response to concerns raised in some communities and will "probably not" appear in English. The NDP leader has been pushing for Liberal voters to join them to stop a Ford win.

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath called Wynne's decision "a unsafe game", in a statement that also read: "Kathleen Wynne has abandoned the fight against Doug Ford cuts".

Horwath is making a strong push for Liberal ridings with less than a week left in the campaign. For the adult daughter who does all she can to care for her aging parents while she also scrambles to find safe, affordable child care for her own toddler.

Naqvi, who has represented the riding since 2007 and most recently served as the province's attorney general, called her remarks courageous.

She says she will keep campaigning up until Thursday and won't say if she will stay on a Liberal leader after the election. "But this news doesn't change the fact that it's always been a change election here in Essex". We won't know for a few more days exactly where people are going to go. "Doug Ford is not the kind of change Ontario needs". (Of course, we were surprised in 1990 when the NDP captured a solid majority with under 39 per cent of the popular vote.) If there is a majority government, it seems most likely it will be Conservative.

Voters have a choice between her and her two inexperienced rivals, she said.

Because, as I've said many times before - it's not about me.

An Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday showed Ford's PCs with 37 percent support, while the New Democrats had 34 percent, and the ruling Liberals 22 percent.

Before the 1980s, many political scientists believed people's associations with political parties were formed nearly at birth - inherited from parents and reinforced by stable communities in which they lived.

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