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Ontario election campaign officially begins

Lt. Gov. David Onley will meet with Ontario's chief electoral officer to formally sign the writs

Ontario's political leaders began campaigning last Friday after Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Lt. Gov. David Onley to ask him to dissolve the legislature, but the official campaign period for the June 12 election doesn't begin until today (Wednesday).
    
Onley took to Twitter on Tuesday to explain the actual process under the province's Elections Act for starting the campaign.
    
The Lieutenant Governor is required to sign two ``writs of election'' for each of Ontario's 107 electoral districts, or ridings, 214 in all.
    
Onley will meet Wednesday with Ontario's chief electoral officer, Greg Essena, to formally sign the writs, one copy of which goes to the returning officer and the second is retained for records. Both copies are archived after the election.
    
Onley has been known to politely remind journalists that elections writs are not ``dropped'' but are drawn up.
    
Elections in Ontario begin on a Wednesday and are held on a Thursday, after a minimum of 29 days, but June 5 is a traditional Jewish holiday so an extra week was added to this campaign, making it five weeks until June 12.
    
But it's actually 41 days if you count from last Friday, when the New Democrats announced they'd lost confidence in the Liberals and Wynne pulled the plug on her own government.
    
The chief electoral officer scheduled a media briefing for Wednesday afternoon at the legislature to provide ``information unique to the June 2014 provincial general election.''

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  1. Fact Provider posted on 05/07/2014 07:17 AM
    Here we go, folks. Today is the first official; day of the campaign.
    Let's see if the three leaders can improve on their less than stellar performances of the past 6 days.

    So far we've seen the following:

    Hudak has done nothing new and very little right. His campaign to date has made 2 major gaffes and 1 minor one. Not a great start for someone trying so hard to appear like a leader and shake his image as a bumbler and stumbler. Sorry, Tim - not working out very well so far.

    Horwath has droned on about the usual NDP stuff. Her campaign is already appears stale as shown by her huge slip in polling early in the game. She appears to be inevitably on the road to nowhere.

    Wynne's campaign start has been strange (the Eglinton mess is a "beautiful disruption"? - WRONG!) She suffered a gaffe as well. Some advice, Ms Wynne: Never say McGuinty's name again.
    Her biggest plus seems to be her election team. It is the only one of the three running smoothly.
  2. Jack posted on 05/07/2014 09:47 AM
    Fact 1) The Liberals will destroy Ontario if re-elected. Between their endless committees, their non-business-friendly policies, and their constant bowing to union demands, they will create a province where no business can operate at a profit and no taxpayer can afford both rent and food. They will turn us into Detroit on a provincial scale.

    Fact 2) The NDP will do the same thing if elected, just faster.

    The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 05/07/2014 11:15 AM
      @Jack Your statement about no business being able to operate at a profit anymore reminded me of a haircut I had yesterday..

      I was going through a town called Georgetown, and stopped at a strip mall. It was one of the typical run-down ones, in serious need of fixing up that you see sometimes. There was this old barbershop there, so I went in, as my hair was getting a bit shaggy. It was one of those old time barbershops, you know, the kind that never modernized since the '60s. The sole barber in there was an old, Italian gentleman.

      As he was cutting my hair, we got to talking. I asked him how things were going, and he said he didn't know how people stayed in business.. He said that businesses all around him were closing, and he was probably not too far behind. In the course of the conversation, I found out some stuff I never knew. He pays $3,000 per month rent in that dingy strip mall. I said wow, that's a lot.. then he says yeah.. and he pays 13% tax on that rent. I thought that was crazy.. paying tax on rent?? And then he threw me the kicker.. he said that when McGuinty came in, now he has to also pay an extra tax on any bills he pays. Hydro, heating, whatever.

      If you have ever wandered into a shop like this, you may recall that they don't have credit or debit machines. You may even vaguely wonder why. Credit card companies charge a HUGE percentage and fee to businesses when you use their machine. Banks with debit are a bit cheaper than the credit cards, but still charge a percentage. Remember that if you are in a small shop that you can see is struggling, and you have the choice of paying cash or using the credit machine.

      All the liberal-minded people out there who are raging against greedy business.. Well, these are the types of people that you are hurting. People whose families rely on whatever their small business can bring in each month. The people who are being forced to close their small businesses because of the short-sighted, unthinking policies that the liberals are not only maintaining, but adding to.

      Tell me.. you REALLY believe this is great for the economy in this province? If so, just keep on voting liberal.. Pay higher and higher prices for everything, from hydro to haircuts at trendy, downtown hair stylist shops. And when the trickle effect reaches YOUR job, you can sit in your house as it's being repossessed and wonder what the hell just happened.

      Or, you can try and do something about this now. Your choice.
    2. john posted on 05/07/2014 11:55 AM
      @Jack i could not agree more mate .
  3. ToddK_2 posted on 05/07/2014 11:34 AM
    Unsustainable wages\pensions, fat management, CEO golden parachutes, bloated departments, a Liberal re-election, can't afford to live with all the new taxes = Greece in 10 years.
    1. john posted on 05/07/2014 11:57 AM
      @ToddK_2 if we are lucky 10 years in realty it will be 2 years .
    2. Bob posted on 05/07/2014 02:28 PM
      @ToddK_2 elect Hudak and the far right it will be Detroit in 5.
      capitalist greed! unregulated banking systems, financial meltdown, junk mortgages, outsourcing for cheap labour. 6 greedy unregulated bankers almost took down the country under Bush and his gang of crooks. Lets learn from their mistakes
  4. john posted on 05/07/2014 12:41 PM
    here why i dont like Wynne not cause she lies it just that she dos a terrible job of it . i mean if u are going to lie at lest put some afford into it . she should get jean Chechen to teach her how to do it right . she is insulting lairs everywhere .
  5. arthur posted on 05/07/2014 02:19 PM
    I've said all along Hudak is and will always continue to be the Libs best friend. mistakes conservatives made is not throwing this guy under the bus and putting in someone more centre left. It will be a Lib minority government 10 days after election Hudak resigns as leader before the party turfs him
    1. Angry Bill posted on 05/07/2014 02:28 PM
      @arthur I can't disagree with what you've said. In an ideal world, the PC's would have fired Hudak a year ago and stuck John Tory in there instead. Then, the PCs would have a chance. Personally, Hudak may be a very nice and intelligent guy. Whatever the reason, what he is coming across as is not what most people want. He only stands a chance of winning because the liberals are so terrible.
    2. Frankie posted on 05/07/2014 03:47 PM
      @arthur You are likely correct however, it's a sad day when Hudak's mistakes are considered worse than the last 11 years of Liberal "stealing", lying, and complete mismanagement of Ontario.

      I believe it demonstrates the utter stupidity and short-sightedness of most voters.
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