Here’s our daily look at what’s making news on the Ontario election campaign trail.
- NDP leader Andrea Horwath acknowledged that her party’s campaign platform contains a $1.4 billion error. The Ottawa Citizen’s David Reevely reported Saturday that the New Democrats' platform incorrectly booked the government’s $700 million reserve fund as revenue instead of as an expense. "I think the most important thing is that we realized we made a mistake and thought it was important to be honest about that and fixed the mistake," Horwath said on Sunday, adding that the error amounts to less than 1 per cent of the party's spending plans and won’t jeopardize its core promises.
- Horwath also found herself defending an NDP candidate who once said that wearing Remembrance Day poppies was a “ritual of war glorification” and that she’d think about signing up for a “war on Christmas.” “Those are certainly not values I share, but freedom of speech is a principle that we all, I think, value,” Horwath said of the comments attributed to Mississauga Centre candidate Laura Kaminker.
- Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne was asked to respond to the idea that she’s been playing “defence” so far in this campaign by visiting a number of ridings her party won easily in 2014. (Generally speaking, a party confident in its election chances sends its leader to ridings controlled by rival parties.) "If you're asking me if we are in a horse race in this election, absolutely. This is a tough election — there is no doubt about that," Wynne said.
- The NDP is promising to prevent the sudden gas-price increases that often occur just before long weekends. It says the Ontario Energy Board could be empowered to fix pump prices a week ahead of long weekends so there are no last-minute spikes. "We're going to prevent that spike from happening and keep the price of gas consistent throughout the week," Horwath said. The Progressive Conservatives have promised a 10-cent reduction in gas taxes; they say they'll decrease the provincial gas levy and abandon Ontario’s cap-and-trade program.
- Tory leader Doug Ford is being criticized by his rivals for failing to make himself available to reporters. The NDP suggested that those behind “Ford Nation Live” — PC-produced promotional clips that look like real news segments — should ask Ford about the 407 Express Toll Route data-theft scandal that's been dogging his party. Wynne simply said, “I take your questions. I believe this is an important interaction because … the media is an important part of the democratic process. The media is where people get information. So I will always take your questions.”
- Elections Ontario has announced that it is reviewing whether any PC candidates used stolen personal data to further their campaigns. The review comes at the request of the NDP and follows revelations that personal data stolen from the company that runs the 407 toll highway might have been used to recruit Tory party members.
What to watch for
Wynne will make an announcement at Mad Mexican Restaurant in Toronto this morning. She will also deliver remarks at an annual community Iftar dinner at Pasha Restaurant in Toronto at 8 p.m.
Ford will be in the southwestern Ontario community of Nobleton this afternoon, touring businesses and visiting the local fair.
- Horwath will be holding a rally at Brampton’s Bombay Palace at 2 p.m.
- Green Party leader Mike Schreiner will be campaigning in Guelph all day.
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