WILL THE GPR BECOME A “SWING VOTE” RI­DING?

Tribune Express - - ACTUALITÉS | NEWS - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

Pre­mier Kath­leen Wynne conce­ded an ear­ly de­feat for her par­ty’s chances of for­ming ano­ther Li­be­ral go­vern­ment for On­ta­rio when the polls close June 7. The hope now is to play “king­ma­ker” in a mi­no­ri­ty go­vern­ment hea­ded ei­ther by the NDP or the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives, which could mean the GPR be­co­ming a “swing ri­ding” if it de­cides to stay Red and not switch to ei­ther PC Blue or NDP Orange.

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GPR a swing ri­ding?

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NDP and PC views

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i8ZOOF T DPODFTTJPO PG EFGFBU JT B last-mi­nute tac­tic, pro­ving to the people of On­ta­rio just how out of touch the Li­be­rals have become,” sta­ted Si­mard in an email sta­te­ment. “It is a des­pe­rate move by a EFTQFSBUF QBSUZ 5IF QFPQMF PG (MFOHBSSZ 1SFTDPUU 3VTTFMM EFTFSWF BO .11 XIP DBO USVMZ NBLF B EJGGFSFODF BU 2VFFO T 1BSL The Li­be­ral can­di­date is not that per­son. His par­ty and his lea­der will not be in po­wer. &WFSZPOF LOPXT UIJT OPX FWFO IJN u

“Lo­cal­ly, for me, it al­ways comes down UP &MFDUJPO /JHIU u TBJE +FBO -PVJT BEEJOH UIBU FWFO UIPVHI UIF /%1 JT BMNPTU OFDL BOE OFDL XJUI UIF 1SPHSFTTJWF $POTFSWBUJWFT in the pro­vin­cial polls, she still won’t count her­self and her par­ty as sure winners un­til the fi­nal bal­lot is coun­ted.

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—pho­to Gregg Cham­ber­lain

La pre­mière mi­nistre Kath­leen Wynne (ici lors d’une ré­cente vi­site à Haw­kes­bu­ry) ad­met main­te­nant qu’elle ne croit pas que les chances d’un autre gou­ver­ne­ment li­bé­ral pour l’On­ta­rio soient bonnes le 7 juin. Elle se concentre main­te­nant sur elle et ses col­lègues li­bé­raux, dont Pierre Le­roux. Glen­gar­ry-Pres­cott-Rus­sell doit conser­ver suf­fi­sam­ment de sièges pour main­te­nir le sta­tut of­fi­ciel de par­ti à l’As­sem­blée lé­gis­la­tive et em­pê­cher le NPD ou les pro­gres­sis­tes­con­ser­va­teurs de for­mer un gou­ver­ne­ment ma­jo­ri­taire.

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