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Advance polling numbers down from 2011

Just over 566 thousand Ontarians took the chance to vote early in this provincial election...

Elections Ontario says the number of voters casting an advance ballot has dropped significantly compared with the 2011 race.

Advance polls for this year's election were open for a week ending Friday, and in that time, 566,845 people cast a ballot.

That's down roughly nine per cent from the last election, when 624,958 people voted in advance.

Opinion polls have consistently shown a high number of undecided voters ahead of Thursday's election.

The last election saw the lowest turnout in the province's history, with only 49 per cent of voters casting a ballot.

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  1. Alex posted on 06/09/2014 05:48 PM
    Will the Province of Ontario become the 51st state? It will if Tim Hudak is able to import his far right Republican Tea Party politics.
    Canada's values of 'we're all in this together' will be replaced by Americas 'every man for himself'.
    1. jd posted on 06/10/2014 12:01 AM
      @Alex Canada's values under the Ontario Liberals have become:

      "ALL UNION MEMBERS ONLY FOR THEMSELVES, AND TO HELL WITH THE REST OF THE POPULATION!"
    2. AC posted on 06/10/2014 12:03 PM
      @Alex it won't happen! he won't be allowed.
      what makes this country great is the great social society we and others before us fought long and hard for. some pip squeek far right politician won't be allowed to tear that down.
  2. Alex posted on 06/09/2014 06:02 PM
    Friends, I have a dream. A dream where only half the province needs to work for a living, and even that half doesn't work very hard. It's called "100% unemployment in the private sector," and all we need to do to achieve it is to not vote for the PCs.

    Do you like the job you have? Of course not! That's good enough reason to make sure nobody has one. Once everyone is on welfare or else working easy jobs for the government, we'll all be getting money for free! Imagine it: A full salary, with none of the hassle of working.

    The NDP/Liberal coalition will make Ontario a wonderful place, once the evil greedy businesses have been run out. When everyone is getting money for free without working, imagine how much more time we'll have to go to the movies and eat out at restaurants!

    Free money, with no downside or consequences, forever. That's the New Democratic Liberal Coalition future!
    1. David posted on 06/09/2014 07:45 PM
      @Alex I heard that the Indians gave you a name. They call you Walking Eagle because you are so full of shit that you can not fly.
    2. Ralf posted on 06/09/2014 09:39 PM
      @Alex You really name to change your name from Alex to A-laxative...
    3. john posted on 06/10/2014 02:18 PM
      @Alex hmmm sounds like sarcasm to me .
  3. Doug G posted on 06/09/2014 07:13 PM
    Alex,you truly are a liberal lowlife. how many teachers or nurses could have been hired if McWynntie had used those funds for the good of the people and not used as a bribe for 5 seats?Alex,I could call you an ass....le but an ass..le has a purpose.you are more like an armpot- stinks and is absolutely of no use.
  4. Sammy from Scarborough posted on 06/09/2014 07:35 PM
    Another nail in the Cons' coffin.
    The Con campaign was counting on a big advance poll turnout to show the wide-spread support for the Hudak gazillion jobs plan.
    .. ooooooops....!!

    Meanwhile, up in Ottawa, Hudak did a complete 180 degree turn on funding for the Ottawa LRT.
    Saturday - "We can't afford it"
    Monday - "My gazillion jobs plan will provide the money needed."
    .. oooooops again, Timmy !!

    6 weeks of campaigning - 10 gaffes - Hudak turns a victory into an also-ran - AGAIN !!
  5. Fact Provider posted on 06/09/2014 11:20 PM
    Good day to all you voters.

    A week ago I suggested the possibility of a Liberal majority victory of 1 to 3 seats.
    As of Monday, June 9th, It's coming together as predicted.

    The low turnout in the advance polls throws a wrench into the Con's battle plan.
    That fact plus the latest aggregate polling results show the likelihood of the following:

    Libs - 54 seats (a majority government by 1 seat)
    Cons - 38 seats (sorry about your luck, Mr. Hudak, but you dropped the ball again)
    NDP - 15 seats (too bad, so sad, Andrea, but you can't be all things to all people)

    I believe there is a surprise or two coming yet in Eastern Ontario, making the possibility of a 3 seat majority for the Libs a real possibility.
  6. Mark posted on 06/10/2014 04:57 AM
    Maybe the supporters of the criminal corrupt and incompetent libranos are doing what they should be doing. STAYING THE F@#% HOME.
    1. Sammy from Scarborough posted on 06/10/2014 06:39 AM
      @Mark WalMart special this week, Mark
      Con crying towels - 2 for the price of 1.
      Enjoy.
  7. HP posted on 06/10/2014 07:16 AM
    BOYCOTT!!!! Or for those that want to line up, decline or spoil your ballot. Last time only 49% bothered to vote, I encourage you to join me in boycotting this election and get that number below 25%. Tell the bums that we've had it with their stupid games.
    1. Jack posted on 06/10/2014 09:07 AM
      @HP The only thing an election boycott will do is make it that much easier for the Liberals to stay in power and keep wasting our money. A low voter turnout won't result in anything larger than a 5-sentence article and a footnote in the next election.
  8. Fact Provider posted on 06/10/2014 08:02 AM
    4 facts for all to consider (especially if you're thinking of voting Conservative).

    1 - Ontario's credit rating is Aa2.
    Aa2 is better than Aa3, which was Ontario's credit rating when Harris was Premier.

    2 - Ontario's credit rating was raised to Aa1 when Dalton McGuinty was Premier.

    3 - Interest payments ate up nearly 15% of Gov't spending in 2002 when Harris was Premier.

    4 - Total interest payments account for under 10% of Gov't spending today.

    These are called facts. Not opinion. Not embellishments. Not spin. Just 4 facts.
    1. Andre posted on 06/10/2014 10:41 AM
      @Fact Provider Wow. Talk about TWISTED facts. Ontario's credit rating, downgraded due to the Rae government, improved because of Harris (even after the Federal Liberal cuts). There is a delay in the accounting. McGuilty enjoyed an improved rating because of the Harris government. The lieberals have been in power long enough though for the rating to come back down.

      Comparing interest payments as a percentage of spending... Perhaps you should also explain that Spending has increased by 64% since the Lieberals took power. Also, the interest rate has gone down from 2.75% to 1%, lowering payments significantly. When interest rates go up (and it's only a matter of time) we will see debt payments increasing to the point they will higher than any other expenditure.

      So Fact Provider. Is Twisting the facts being honest? Or just being a Lieberal?
    2. Fact Provider posted on 06/10/2014 10:54 AM
      @Andre Nice try on the weak Con spin, Andre.

      Harris had a booming economy but still left a 6 Billion "hole".

      The Liberals went through the worst world-wide recession since the Great Depression, but still managed to lower the % of spending on servicing the debt from Harris' 15% to under 10% of it.

      Do some reading and actual thinking before you make such a grand fool of yourself again for all to see.
    3. Andre posted on 06/10/2014 11:31 AM
      @Fact Provider Still Twisting. I'll give you the bad economy, But how you can justify doubling the debt while increasing taxes by the ridiculous amounts the Lieberals have since coming to power is beyond my pedestrian understanding. I guess only a Fact Twister like yourself is smart enough to figure out how to spend yourself rich.
    4. Fact Provider posted on 06/10/2014 12:12 PM
      @Andre Hmmm ... no meaningful rebuttal ?
      Also - no surprise.

      You have come to a battle of ideas and facts but you have no ammunition for either.

      You flatter yourself with the description of "(your) pedestrian understanding". Your posts continue to provide irrefutable proof that you don't approach your own self-description.

      Go ahead and vote Con, along with the other under-educated Con supporters. I wouldn't want someone as plainly intellectually challenged as you to cast an intelligent vote.
  9. Liberal Astroturf posted on 06/10/2014 12:41 PM
    I'm noticing some patterns in the arguments made by Liberal supporters like "Fact Provider." Let's have a look:

    Everything good in the province is due to McGuinty, Wynne, and our ludicrously high tax and hydro rates. Everything bad in the province is due to a man who hasn't held power in eleven years.

    The Liberal history of scandals and over 1 billion dollars being wasted is jsut an honest mistake; besides, Wynne said she was sorry! Any PC mistakes from when Harris was in office are still gaping wounds in Ontario's economy.

    All PC ads are lies. All Liberal or union-funded attack ads against the PCs are gospel truth.

    Increasing spending to get rid of a deficit is logical. Decreasing spending to get rid of a deficit is voodoo and blasphemy.

    Debt is an investment. Attracting new business to the province would be the worst thing to ever happen in Canadian history.
    1. Fact Provider posted on 06/10/2014 01:16 PM
      @Liberal Astroturf You should have stopped at "Everything bad in the province is due to a man who hasn't held power in eleven years."

      The truth of the slash and burn of the Harris nitwits is still being felt. A vote for Tim (Harris X 10) Hudak would be catastrophic.

      Spin all you like. You have not refuted anything stated in my original post - nor can you !!

      The Ontario electorate has seen through Tim's bad math and inept leadership and there will very likely be a slim Liberal MAJORITY on Thursday - as you already know but are afraid to admit.
    2. Liberal Astroturf posted on 06/10/2014 01:25 PM
      @Fact Provider You're damn right the thought of a Liberal majority scares me. I'm already losing nearly half my income to taxes; the best-case scenario under a Red regime is that it skyrockets to 75%, with the worst-case being that the company I work for takes one look at the Payroll Tax and ever-increasing hydro rates and escapes while they still can. My girlfriend's small business? Killed by taxes. My mom's small business? Killed by taxes.

      I have to wonder what safety net you have squirreled away that makes you think you can survive the Liberal apocalypse without going on welfare with everyone else.
    3. Fact Provider posted on 06/10/2014 01:51 PM
      @Liberal Astroturf Wow !! ... Can you ever push the panic button.

      It's called working hard in my own business, saving - not wasting - and staying away from places like Horton's, Starbucks and all the other idiotic ways too many people blow their money and then wonder why they're broke. - and blame it on the Liberal government.

      Stay scared, Contard - a Liberal majority is on its way in 2 days.
  10. Rob posted on 06/10/2014 01:55 PM
    Nice story except that advance Polls were closed over the weekend - typically they remain open the weekend before the election day - the heaviest advance poll days - but not this year! Comparing last year to this year is like comparing apples to Hondas!!!!
  11. Alex posted on 06/10/2014 02:20 PM
    The two major parties are agreeing that whoever gets in, it will be a minority government.
    That means the NDP are in power.
  12. Alex posted on 06/10/2014 02:25 PM
    And I couldn't be happier, because having the NDP in power means that the Liberals AND NDP are in power, and their brilliant coalition will ensure that everyone in Ontario will either be on welfare or in a union by the end of 2016!

    FREE MONEY FOR EVERYONE, with no work or very little work involved, with no consequences or downsides forever! Vote for "Ontario" to become "Welfario" on June 12! VOTE NDP OR LIBERAL!
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