Ford consistently put forward ideas to put money back in taxpayers pockets, while Horwath failed to answer questions about her extremist candidates. Meanwhile, Wynne likely didn’t do enough to counteract the overwhelming desire for change.
With concerns rising about a possible socialist government in Ontario, PC Leader Doug Ford put in a strong performance in the final Ontario Leaders debate, emerging with a win in the last time all leaders will be on stage together before the election.
Ford regularly got his message across to the people of Ontario, focusing on how he would find efficiencies, cut taxes, fix the hydro mess, and get the economy booming again.
Ford struck a positive note in much of the debate, pointing out that lower taxes will get the economy booming to such a level that there won’t be a worry about how to afford teachers, doctors, nurses, and more.
He also expressed the concerns of millions of people, confronting the possibility of a socialist-NDP government. He directly addressed the issue of the NDP’s radical candidates. Ford noted that there will be a huge exodus of jobs and businesses if the NDP takes power.
Horwath was unable to explain why she hasn’t removed extremist candidates, after calling on other parties to get rid of candidates when they had their own controversies. Aside from that hypocrisy, she also showed that the NDP has no plan to pay for their pie-in-the sky promises. Horwath was also challenged on the huge gap in the NDP’s campaign promises, a huge mistake that has raised further doubts about the NDPs ability to manage the massive Ontario provincial budget.
Additionally, Horwath was asked about her comment that NDP candidates would need “training school” if they ended up forming government, trying to pass it off as a joke despite it being a big concern with their untested and radical team.
Wynne performed decently, hitting many of her main campaign points, and coming off as more of a Premier than Horwath did. However, Wynne needed a totally dominant performance – combined with huge mistakes by Ford and Horwath. But Wynne didn’t dominate, and Ford performed very well. And while Wynne made some good points against Horwath, she didn’t get the proverbial KO.
The debate will likely stall the total collapse of Liberal support, while re-energizing Ford supporters and reassuring undecided voters that the PCs have a team ready to govern on day one. The socialist NDP will continue to face increasing scrutiny and growing doubts about whether they can really be trusted with power.
If you missed the debate, it can be watched in full here:
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