CFN – As we enter week two of the Ontario provincial election things are heating up here in SD&SG. Provincially the Liberals seem to have made up their lost ground. According to Eric Grenier’s Three Hundred Eight site the Grits would form a minority government if the election had been September 14th which is a lot different than in previous weeks and months.
The 4th All Candidates debate is to take place in Martintown tonight. So far it’s been a wild campaign with the Liberal and Conservative candidates duking it out. This riding is one of those where vote splitting is a very real
concern as city Councilor and NDP candidate Elaine MacDonald threatens to tilt the riding blue by taking votes from Liberal candidate Mark A MacDonald. (no relation)
The Conservatives as they tend to do around here are upstaging the arrival of NDP leader Andrea Horvath to Cornwall Tuesday, by parachuting Tim Hudak into Cornwall tonight. (still no word back about our media accreditation for Mr. Hudak’s visit or our request for him to be a guest on Seawayradio.com)
No word on whether Premier Dalton McGuinty will be visiting Cornwall.
Our internal polling shows that it’s a very close race with the Liberals just barely out in front as they are riding the plunge in PC numbers of late and the impact of the Water Tax and Quebec CAO of Mayor McDonell are resonating with voters as they become aware of it. Mayor McDonell’s numbers in Cornwall were never that strong, but the PC support in the townships were what he is counting on. The opposite is true for Ms MacDonald who is hoping to ride her success in Cornwall politics.
That tag team is the obstacle that Mark A MacDonald has to overcome to succeed the popular retiring Liberal MPP, Jim Brownell.
So far it’s too close to call. What do you think? You can post your comments below.