Final opportunity to win votes brings leaders to town
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:55PM EDT
The last pitches for votes in the London West byelection were made Wednesday, with two party leaders in town trying to woo voters.
Leaders and candidates were on message on the final day of campaigning.
“We have an opportunity to send a symbolic message that we are done with the incompetence, waste and scandal of the Liberal government and their NDP backers,” says Conservative candidate Ali Chahbar.
Says the NDP’s Peggy Sattler: “We know this is a two-horse race between the PCs and NDP. There is a lot at stake and people tomorrow will have a big decision to make.”
Liberal candidate Ken Coran says voters need someone who will work hard. “What I think somebody should look for in a representative is someone who can carry ideas forward, someone hard-working, experienced, someone who will get the job done.
“Our strategy has been to knock on as many doors as possible and make sure that those people get out and vote.”
But Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak believes the Liberals are fading and the NDP will keep the province at status quo.
“The question is, is a vote for the NDP going to bring any change?”
Andrea Horwath, leader of the NDP, says it’s the PCs who won’t bring change.
“A Tim Hudak Conservative government will sit on the sidelines and make a lot of noise, but not get the kind of results New Democrats know how to get.”
A lot of material has been delivered to residents in London West and big bucks spent to try to win the riding.
Money spent does not translate into votes, though.
In the last election, Chris Bentley won for the Liberals, spending $19,612 on advertising and brochures. Chahbar spent $ $28,577 to finish second and the NDP's Jeff Buchanan racked up $16,856 in ads.
The polls open at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath campaigns ahead of a byelection in London, Ont. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
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