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What to expect from the leadership debate
Provincial party leaders face-off
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They're cracking their knuckles and maybe doing a few push-ups.

All three provincial party leaders are getting ready for the big debate on Tuesday, and McMaster University Political Science Professor Henry Jacek says they all have something they need to focus on.

For Tory leader Tim Hudak, it's becoming more likable, and changing the first impression he delivered during the last election. Jacek says a lot of voters think he comes off as a "smart aleck" on television.  

He says the NDP's Andrea Horwath needs to get back to basics, noting that when she spoke about pocketbook issues, he numbers surged in the polls. When she speaks in harsher tones about corruption, it doesn't resonate amongst supporters.

For the rookie at all-candidate debates, Jacek says Kathleen Wynne will be at a disadvantage. However, he notes that she shouldn't be completely thrown, given she has experience being in the hot-seat as Premier.

As for the biggest issue, Jacek says he thinks there will be a huge focus on if Horwath will commit to supporting Wynne or Hudak in a minority government situation. He says Hudak will also be pressed on the math in his Million Jobs Plan.

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They're cracking their knuckles and maybe doing a few push-ups.

All three provincial party leaders are getting ready for the big debate on Tuesday, and McMaster University Political Science Professor Henry Jacek says they all have something they need to focus on.

For Tory leader Tim Hudak, it's becoming more likable, and changing the first impression he delivered during the last election. Jacek says a lot of voters think he comes off as a "smart aleck" on television.  

He says the NDP's Andrea Horwath needs to get back to basics, noting that when she spoke about pocketbook issues, he numbers surged in the polls. When she speaks in harsher tones about corruption, it doesn't resonate amongst supporters.

For the rookie at all-candidate debates, Jacek says Kathleen Wynne will be at a disadvantage. However, he notes that she shouldn't be completely thrown, given she has experience being in the hot-seat as Premier.

As for the biggest issue, Jacek says he thinks there will be a huge focus on if Horwath will commit to supporting Wynne or Hudak in a minority government situation. He says Hudak will also be pressed on the math in his Million Jobs Plan.

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