Ontario Provincial Election Unofficial Campaign Underway

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Ontario Liberal Leadership

Kathleen WynneTHUNDER BAY – The campaigning toward the next Ontario provincial election is underway. The Ontario Liberals are still The Ontario Liberal Leadership campaign shows Kathleen Wynne has the tentative lead in delegates. Wynne appears to have gained the backing of more delegates to the Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention with 1,533 delegates. The seeming frontrunner Sandra Pupatello has 1,281 delegates, and Gerard Kennedy has 846. Glen Murray, who has proposed a solid plan for Northern Ontario has 461 delegates in the provisional totals.

Those figures do not automatically determine who will win. there are many ‘undeclared’ delegates who will vote at the convention.  However the leadership campaign winner is going to likely face a fast call for a provincial election. The Ontario PC Party has been hitting at the Liberals throughout the leadership campaign.

Today, at a press conference, the PC Environment Critic hammered away at the Liberals over their energy policy. “Ontario’s Liberal leadership candidates have decided to follow in the footsteps of Dalton McGuinty, once again, by failing to address the need for effective long-term planning for energy conservation in Ontario”, chanrges PC Environment Critic and Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris. “The Liberal leadership candidates would rather defend Dalton McGuinty’s failed green energy social experiment under the Feed-in-Tariff program than engage the most effective, cheapest form of power: energy conservation,” Harris said following the release of Environment Commissioner Gord Miller’s energy conservation report this morning.

At his press conference, Miller pointed out that “The Liberals promised they would create a ‘culture of conservation’ in Ontario. Nearly four years after making this commitment, however, the Liberal government has failed to deliver, and none of the Liberal leadership candidates have presented a plan to reverse course. Instead, the Liberals’ energy plan continues to be ‘always build more”.

“We’ve seen what the Liberals’ ‘build more’ energy policy has gotten us: nearly $1 billion of taxpayers’ money wasted on cancelling the Mississauga and Oakville natural gas plants to save Liberal seats in the GTA,” Harris added. “Instead of looking at ways to truly make energy more affordable for Ontarians, the Liberals consistently look for the highest cost option – whether it’s investing in their ideologically driven green-energy program or making politically motivated decisions to cancel gas plants.”

“The Liberals’ lack of leadership on energy conservation shows a systematic problem within the Liberal party,” Harris stated.