Tim Hudak Headed North to Thunder Bay

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Tim Hudak is headed to Thunder Bay to release the party's latest White Paper Paths to Prosperity

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Tim Hudak on Conference call to discuss the budget NNL Stock Image

Tim Hudak and Team Launch Paths to Prosperity

THUNDER BAY – Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak is headed north. Hudak will arrive in Thunder Bay for the release of the party’s White Paper on Northern Prosperity. 

Tim Hudak and MPPs Norm Miller and Laurie Scott will launch Paths to Prosperity- A Champion for our Northern and Natural Resources in Thunder Bay on Monday.

On Monday afternoon, the Progressive Conservative leader will talk with James Murray from NNL about the White Paper, and the direction that the Progressive Conservatives are headed – The discussion will be live on NNL at 3:00EDT.

The trip north follows on the heels of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s trip to Northwestern Ontario. 

Abacus Data Provincial Poll

Abacus Data states, "With Ontario’s legislative assembly returning this week and the three main parties coming to terms with the results of the five by-elections in July, there has been some movement in vote intentions in the province changed".
Abacus Data states, “With Ontario’s legislative assembly returning this week and the three main parties coming to terms with the results of the five by-elections in July, there has been some movement in vote intentions in the province changed”.

Provide-wide, the Progressive Conservative Party has the support of 33% of committed voters, followed by the Liberals and NDP at 30% respectively.  Since May, the Tories are down a marginal one point, while the Liberals are down four points and the NDP is up five points.  The Green Party is at 5% while 15% of respondents were undecided.

Provincial politics in Ontario appear to be in a stalemate with none of the three major parties well positioned to win a provincial election.  However, the results suggest that the Ontario NDP and its leader Andrea Horwath have the greatest opportunity to expand its support since Horwath is the most popular provincial leader and its potential pool of support is equivalent to the Liberals (45% would consider voting NDP and Liberal) and higher than the PC Party (42% would consider voting PC).

Regionally,  the once commanding 16-point lead in Metro Toronto for the Liberals has been reduced to eight points (OLP 41%, NDP 33%, PC 24%) while in the Greater Toronto/Hamilton/Niagara region surrounding Toronto the PCs have opened up a nine point lead over the Liberals leading 40% to 31% among committed voters.  The NDP is well back in third at 24% in the surrounding region around Toronto.

The PCs have a significant 10-point lead in eastern Ontario (PCs 39%, OLP 29%, NDP 25%) while the NDP, coming off two by-election wins in Windsor and London have a marginal lead in southwestern Ontario, leading the Tories by four points (NDP 37%, PC 33%, OLP 23%).

Northern Ontario Poll Results

In Northern Ontario, the NDP leads the Liberals by 27-points, 55% to 28% with the PCs running well back at 6%.  However, due to a small sample size in the North, readers who use caution when making conclusions about support in the region.

The Progressive Conservatives may face a real uphill battle in Thunder Bay. Their candidates have been very quiet. Considering that the 

The Ontario Progressive Conservatives have nominated Howard Wilson in Thunder Bay Atikokan who will challenge Liberal MPP Bill Mauro. In Thunder Bay Superior North, Tamara Johnson, a local entrepreneur has been nominated for the Progressive Conservatives.

Bill Mauro has yet to hold his nomination meeting, but sources tell NNL that meeting will be held soon, with the MPP determined to campaign hard.

The New Democrats have nominated Andrew Foulds in Thunder Bay Superior North. The Current River City Councillor has been busy door knocking in the riding, and gathering support. In Thunder Bay Atikokan, the New Democrats have nominated Mary Kozorys as their candidate.

The recent by-election results with the New Democrats winning several seats may have NDP leader Andrea Horwath looking at the latest polling results toward a decision on the election.