Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario, speaks in Sault Ste. "Electing a Doug Ford government will do exactly that". "We know Andrea Horwath and her NDP team will stand up not just for these industries, but specifically for workers in Ontario", said Ken Neumann, USW National Director. "And I'm okay with that", Wynne said.
"I think that we've all had just about enough of Donald Trump", Wynne said.
Media reports indicate she urged Ontario voters to vote for Liberal candidates and to try to prevent either the NDPs or Conservatives from winning a majority government.
Wynne began her day today in Richmond Hill, Ont., where she is trying to help Liberal Reza Moridi get re-elected, and was also campaigning in Scarborough North, Toronto-St. That's because an NDP victory would make the NDP a more credible "progressive alternative" in future elections.
On Friday, Wynne stuck to her defensive pitch - that she would still make the best leader - saying people need to be "very careful" in deciding who would be best at building the province.
So, it comes down to this - voters are going to pick a new premier but they are generally anxious about giving that person - whether it's Doug Ford or the NDP - too much power.
Surviving a leadership review in November 2014, Horwath came into the current campaign knowing this would be her last election as leader if she couldn't improve the party's fortunes.
"What's really remarkable this time is that within about two days of this campaign starting, that decision had more or less been made - that it was quite clear that it was going to be the NDP against the Conservatives".
Wynne says whichever way the vote goes, people should hope for a minority win to keep the government "from acting too extreme - one way or the other".
Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford says his alternative climate change policy for Ontario as part of a sharply reduced environmental budget includes a focus on clean water and air and a heavy hand on polluters but not a price on emissions.
While the federal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done much of the heavy lifting to protect the industry in Canada, Wynne played up her own efforts.
Wynne concluded her statements saying she was going to work as hard as she can to elect as many Liberals as possible, including herself as she campaigns for reelection in her Toronto riding of Don Valley East.
Both Horwath and Wynne heaped scorn on the notion that Ford had released a full plan Wednesday.
"I believed we had a good shot at this ..."
At this point, polls show there is less fear of an NDP government than a Tory one and this might push some potential Liberal voters to throw their support behind the New Democrats, he said.