The Battle for the Ballot
Ontarians go to the polls on June 7th to elect a new Government
By Siva Sivapragasam
A close battle is expected at the forthcoming Ontario provincial elections scheduled for June 7th with all three major parties fighting for the ballot to form a new government.
Among the major issues fiercely debated at campaign meetings revolve around the economy,taxation, health issues,Hydro rates, housing availability, Transit and infrastructure, dental care for low income seniors, child care, hospital wait times and auto insurance rates.
Kathleen Wynne and the governing Liberals are campaigning on the record of their 15 years in office and a budget plan that calls for a massive expansion of government spending and deficits.
Andrea Horwath is taking the Ontario NDP into her third election as party leader by presenting the NDP as the real progressive choice for voters.
Meanwhile, Doug Ford, the newly-minted head of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party hopes to harness taxpayer outrage to propel his party to victory.
The Liberals have pledged increases to social services, healthcare, and childcare while PC party is campaigning on a promise to quickly balance the books and promising cuts to the budget.The NDP is projecting multi-year deficits with its heavy investment in health and social services.
June 7th will be a testing time for the Ontario voters to decide who will govern them once the election is over.