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Did the leaders lie to the Ontario electorate?

October 11th, 2011 · Comments Off

By Geoffrey Stevens “Whoever wins will be seen to have lied to the public,” David Dodge, governor of the Bank of Canada (2001-2008). Now a corporate director and adviser to a law firm, David Dodge was talking in that September interview with Jacquie McNish of the Globe and Mail about the Ontario election and what […]

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Dalton McGuinty, an underrated politician, is tougher than he looks

October 7th, 2011 · Comments Off

By Geoffrey Stevens You have to hand it to Dalton McGuinty. Although he does not come across as an inspirational leader of men and women, he has other qualities that earned him a third term as Premier of Ontario this week. He is moderate, consistent, determined, resolute when he encounters obstacles, and a good deal […]

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The election will be won or lost along Highway 401

October 5th, 2011 · Comments Off

By Geoffrey Stevens Tomorrow’s provincial election will be won or lost in ridings located within a stone’s throw, figuratively speaking, of Highway 401. Dalton McGuinty, Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath have worn out the asphalt from Oshawa in the east, through Toronto and the GTA, to London in the west as they seek to shore […]

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Ontario election will turn on the turnout of marginal supporters

October 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

By Geoffrey Stevens The Ontario election on Thursday will not be decided by party policies nor by leaders’ appeal. It will be determined by the party machines – the ability to get supporters out to the polls.

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The election: Is this the best Ontario can do?

September 29th, 2011 · Comments Off

By Geoffrey Stevens This should be the most exciting Ontario election in many, many years. For starters, the fight is desperately close. The polls all tell us this – and they can’t all be wrong.  All three parties are viable. Two, the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives, have approximately equal chances of forming the next government […]

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Why the Ontario election is too close to call

September 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment

By Geoffrey Stevens The Ontario election is as close as it is because there is no defining issue – nothing any party can seize and run away with. That’s why, with 10 days to go to Oct. 6, the race seems to get tighter with each successive poll, culminating with the massive (40,750-respondent) poll by […]

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“Do you really want Tim Hudak as premier of Ontario?”

September 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment

By Geoffrey Stevens Liberal candidate Eric Davis posed the question at the very beginning of an all-candidates forum in Kitchener-Waterloo this week, and he repeated it a couple of times as the meeting went on: “Do you really want Tim Hudak as premier of Ontario?”

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Leaders fail to spark voter enthusiasm

September 20th, 2011 · Comments Off

By Geoffrey Stevens The 2007 Ontario election, the one that returned Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals for a second term, set a record – albeit a dubious record. Only 52.6 per cent of the province’s 8.4 million eligible voters turned out to the polls. That broke the old provincial record of 54.7 per cent set away back […]

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Kitchener-Conestoga may be a bellwether in Ontario election

September 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

By Geoffrey Stevens There are nasty overtones in this Ontario election and some of them surfaced in at an all-candidates meeting in St. Agatha in Kitchener-Conestoga riding on Tuesday night. Perhaps that was inevitable. Kitchener-Conestoga, a sprawling urban-rural seat, is a crucial battleground. Although solidly Conservative in federal elections, it has been desperately close in […]

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New Polls Confirm Liberal Lead, LISPOP Projection

September 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

Current polls project 52 seats to the Liberals, 37 to the Conservatives, and 18 to the NDP. Current projection (Sept. 14, 2011) is drawn from a blended and weighted sample of polls from Ipsos and Nanos conducted from Sept.7-11. The number of new respondents interviewed is only 1300, but the polls confirm trends reported in […]

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