Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford is wrong to say that an audio recording on which he appears to be trying to sell bogus PC Party memberships in Etobicoke should be taken as no more than a last-ditch smear campaign by his opponents.
For her part, a campaigning Horwath said people are becoming excited by the fact they don't have to settle for either of the two parties that have led the province since 1995, when voters tossed out the governing New Democrats under Bob Rae in favour of the Progressive Conservatives under Mike Harris, who was in turn shown the door in 2003 by the Dalton McGuinty Liberals.
According to the Leger poll being released Thursday, the struggling Liberals trail with 21 per cent support.
In "under-serviced" communities like Oshawa and Whitby, Horwath said her party is committed to 1,500 new long-term care units, which she believes could be up and running "within the first couple of years".
There is also a split in the voting intentions between age groups, with those 18 to 44 years old opting for the NDP and those over 45 preferring the PCs. Still you have to wonder how strong the NDP could become in the 905 with numbers like this.
Horwath and Ford both planned relatively light campaign days Friday, while Wynne, who had planned a more frantic pace, shortened her day in light of Thursday evening's bombing of a restaurant in Mississauga, Ont., that left three people seriously hurt.
Ford stuck to his usual talking points, slamming the Liberals and the NDP and promising to reduce hydro rates, which got the loudest cheers from the crowd.
However, the most recent polls suggest the party has begun slipping - falling behind the NDP.
There are several reasons that could explain this trend. "Right now, we don't have the same commitment from every party in this election". Whether those allegations are true or not, it gives a whiff of shadiness in the Tory camp that raise concerns of ethics within the PC party.
But then again, when you have over 80 per cent of Ontario voters desiring a change in government, it doesn't seem like anything other than a divine miracle could stop a tide sweeping out this 15 year old Liberal government.
Ontario heads to the polls on June 7.