Party leaders see chance to win seats in London area
All three Ontario party leaders have been in the London region in the last couple of days as they fight for the 15 seats in the area.
Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne was at London West candidate Nick Steinberg’s campaign headquarters Monday.
In a close race, every seat counts. Liberals are trying to regain London-Fanshawe, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and Essex and hold onto London North Centre, a bellwether riding where residents tend to back the party that forms government.
In Sarnia, NDP leader Andrea Horwath made a second campaign stop Monday. She is the only leader to make a public appearance in that city.
Despite poor showing in the polls, Horwath doesn't expect a repeat in Sarnia, where PC Bob Bailey defeated the NDP by more than 9,000 votes.
“I don't think people should make any assumptions about how the results will come in on Thursday,” she says.
Campaigning in ridings where your party came in a distant second or third may not seem like the best use of a leader's time in the final hours of a campaign, but southwestern Ontarians are a picky bunch.
There are quite a few swing ridings and still a lot of anger about the cancellation of a horseracing program and the loss of jobs and green energy.
Anti-wind protestors greeted Horwath Monday. There's only one way this group will vote orange.
“I want her to tear up the Green Energy Act. Keep the pieces that make sense and get rid of the ones that don't,” says activist Audrey Broer.
This kind of anger propelled the NDP's Peggy Sattler into a win in London West, and the PC’s Monte McNaughton into victory in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.
They were ridings that were quick to turn off the red when they had a chance.
Horwath has made a whopping 17 stops in southwestern Ontario in the hopes to turn those ridings orange.
Conservative leader Tim Hudak hasn't ventured west of Chatham, yet his goal appears to be to turn the last pockets of red in the London area into blue seats.
His platform plays to the southwestern Ontario voter, with no more green energy and promises of many more manufacturing jobs.
Not leaving anything to chance, he too was in the region over the weekend.