Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak wouldn’t say whether he thinks he’s won the provincial election, but he was smiling Thursday morning as voters cast their ballots.
Hudak says he’s proud of the campaign he has run over the last 40 days, one he characterizes as being focused on jobs, truth and hope.
He believes he has stood up well in the face of attacks from his opponents on questionable math behind his million jobs plan, missing a northern leaders’ debate and his vow to cut 100, 000 public sector jobs.
“I could’ve run like a Liberal and said one thing and tried to do the opposite in office”, Hudak said in Mississauga. “That’s not the kind of leader I am”.
The PC leader chose an Air Canada hangar to make his final public appearance before the polls close. With a jet behind him, Hudak said he’s tired of seeing “planeload after planeload after planeload” of young people heading to western Canada for work because of a lack of opportunity in Ontario.
Hudak didn’t seem concerned by suggestions forecasted storms for southwestern Ontario and World Cup matches might keep would-be voters in front of the TV rather than headed for a polling station.
He predicted a 2-nil victory for Brazil over Crotia, “but after that, go and vote!”
Polls by Ipsos Reid during the course of the campaign have found decided PC voters were the most likely to actually cast their ballots on election day.
Polls close at 9pm.