After a busy beginning, the campaign is slowing down for its first Sunday — there’s only a handful of scheduled party events, with the PCs taking the day off entirely.
Here’s what you need to know for day five.
- As controversy grows over deleted posts, London PC candidate says he’s ‘living by example’ now
- Andrew Lawton claims to not remember posting derogatory remarks about women, Islam and the LGBTQ community. It’s notable as PC Leader Doug Ford dropped Tanya Granic Allen as a candidate for “irresponsible” comments but stands behind Lawton.
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- There are lots of ways you can vote — by the mail, at returning offices, even in hospitals. But don’t take a selfie in the voting booth. That “violates the secrecy of the vote.”
- Vote Compass: Economy stays top of mind
- There have been more than 75,000 responses to CBC’s online voter engagement tool since it launched a few days ago. Just as in 2014, economy remains the top issue, followed by healthcare and education. Environment ranks fourth, an issue that hasn’t been mentioned much in this campaign.
That was the look on Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne’s face when she found out she didn’t have to answer any reporter questions.
Wynne was at a campaign stop in Toronto on Saturday, talking about funding for developmental services. But when she finished her speech and turned it over for questions, there were none.
She threw up her hands, joking that she “covered it all.” It’s rare there are no questions asked at all — particularly during an election campaign.
She could be heard talking about it off-mic. “That hardly ever happens,” she said as she shook hands.
PC leader Doug Ford makes a stop at a seniors care home in Etobicoke for a bingo photo-op. Set to announce a dental care plan for seniors today <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ONpoli?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ONpoli</a> <a href=”https://t.co/oQmpAkr1cR”>pic.twitter.com/oQmpAkr1cR</a>
After playing a game of bingo at a seniors home, Ford trotted out his plan to cover dental care for seniors. But not a single reporter asked about that plan — rather, every question asked was to have him clarify his “take care of our own” comment about immigration from Friday’s northern leaders’ debate.
“Ford Nation is the most diverse group anywhere in Canada,” he said. “I’m going to break down a brick wall to make sure I help every single new Canadian.”
He asked reporters a few times if they had any questions on dental care but no one budged. Ford left after four questions.
The PCs maintain their wide lead, while the NDP stay ahead of the Liberals in second. Most movement goes to the Liberals — who dropped 0.8 per cent. Here’s the full breakdown.
Riding to watch
Ajax, population 119,680, by Lucas Powers
This new riding in the “905” — a belt of municipalities surrounding Toronto that are increasingly important in the electoral landscape — offers a compelling snapshot of the wider race.
The Liberal candidate, Joe Dickson, has served as an MPP in the former riding of Ajax-Pickering since 2007. The new boundaries are arguably a good thing for Dickson, considering he was a long-time councillor in the Liberal-leaning town of Ajax, which accounts for most of the votes in the new riding. He’s also cultivated strong support at the grassroots level as a constant presence at local events.
But Dickson faces his most high-profile challenger ever in PC candidate Rod Phillips. Phillips, a former corporate executive and chair of Postmedia, is a party insider who once served as chief of staff to former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman. While it’s his first campaign for public office, Phillips’ name was once floated as a possible successor to Patrick Brown.
Travel agency owner Monique Hughes is running in the riding for the NDP.
Ajax could be an interesting case study in just how deep voters’ appetite for change in this election goes.
Where the leaders are
This map shows where the party leaders have stopped between the campaign launch and May 12. The colours corresponding with the leaders’ party: blue for Doug Ford’s PCs, orange for Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats, green for Mike Schreiner’s Greens and red for Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals.
This map shows four days worth of campaign stops. Most of the stops have been in and around Toronto, though Horwath made it to Sudbury, while Wynne and Ford have both gone to the Ottawa area. Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, for his part, is the leader who travelled furthest south — to London.
Here’s where they are headed today.
- Ford: No public events
- Horwath: Campaign event in Toronto (11 a.m.)
- Schreiner: Campaigning in Guelph (all day)
- Wynne: Running in Sporting Life 10K (7:15 a.m.), campaign announcement in North York (1 p.m.), event in Mississauga (2:30 p.m.) event in Brampton (4:15 p.m.)
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