Main provincial party leaders prepare for debate

Kathleen Wynne, Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath are set to debate Tuesday evening

Kathleen Wynne, Andrea Horwath & Tim Hudak

Ontario's three main party leaders are set to debate Tuesday with polls indicating the June 12th election has become a two-way fight between the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives.

Though polls have suggested varying outcomes in terms of a Liberal or Tory government, a minority or a majority government, the New Democrats consistently remain stuck in third place.

Jonathan Malloy, chairman of Carleton University's political science department, expects Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak to largely focus on each other in tomorrow's debate.

He says Wynne will no doubt be attacked over the gas plants scandal, while Hudak will have to defend his plan to cut 100-thousand public service jobs.

Western University politics professor Cameron Anderson says that unlike Wynne and Hudak, N-D-P leader Andrea Horwath will have adopt strategies on multiple fronts.

Anderson expects Horwath will be put on the defensive for triggering the election by refusing to support an N-D-P-friendly budget, as well as her perceived shift to the political right.

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  1. Fact Provider posted on 06/02/2014 08:34 AM
    Expect the following:

    ** Hudak will come off as uncertain, shallow, strident and "not-ready-for-prime-time". He will still be carrying his invisible beach ball (watch his arms). His entire "crib notes" sheet will consist of gas plants - bad, "gazillion jobs plan" and 100,000 job cuts is good.

    ** Horwath will show good debating skills but will waste most of her time attacking Wynne instead of Hudak.

    ** Wynne will be on the defence most of the night but also will deliver a few good jabs at the other two participants.
  2. Frankie posted on 06/02/2014 09:53 AM
    I don't need to hear Wynne debate as Ontario has suffered 11 years of the worst Liberal government in history. That is worth far more than any lies coming out of her mouth.
    1. Sonny posted on 06/02/2014 11:19 AM
      @Frankie The lie is about Hudak's job scam that I still see he is talking in front of
    2. Frankie posted on 06/02/2014 11:47 AM
      @Sonny You're right of course. Even if his "lie" is off by 90% that'd still be 100,000 more jobs.

      Let's ignore 11 years of Liberal lying, "stealing", incompetence, bribing of public unions, and focus on Hudak's promise of 1,000,000 jobs.

      Your way of thinking would let a person drown because the rules don't allow you to enter the pool
    3. Sonny posted on 06/02/2014 11:54 AM
      @Frankie If you have decided then go vote before the 6th.
      I am waiting to see the debate and strategically consider my local option. Toronto is going Lib/ND, Mississauga Lib so the rest of the 905 is the battle ground.
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