Ontario Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne announced Saturday that she is conceding the premiership of the province after the latest poll numbers show the Liberals trailing badly behind Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives and Andrea Horwath's NDP.
This may only be the second time in Canadian history that a sitting leader of a provincial party has basically admitted she or he is not winning an election they were campaigning in.
"I'm just going to admit this is a hard thing to do right off the top", Wynne said in an emotional Saturday morning press conference.
"The more Liberal MPPs that we send to Queen's Park on June 7th, the less likely it becomes that either Doug Ford or the NDP will be able to form a majority government".
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Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford, speaking in Nepean Ont., had little to say in response to Wynne's announcement, instead he reiterated how the election is about "change". "But this news doesn't change the fact that it's always been a change election here in Essex".
The move did not sit well with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who accused Wynne of "playing a risky game" that could propel the Tories to a majority.
"And her request today for a minority government is a demand that she be allowed to continue to hold the power at Queen's Park - something voters have already rejected", Horwath noted in a statement.
Asked if he was surprised by Wynne's decision, Ford says his team is focused and has been focused on getting its message out.
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Tamara Small, a political science professor at University of Guelph, said Wynne made a strategic - and "very unusual" - move in predicting her own government's defeat. "We will fix this".
"It's not going to be a Liberal government", she told reporters in Toronto.
"It's a realization that the Kathleen Wynne brand might be more detrimental than the Liberal party brand", she said. "But, a Liberal vote can keep Doug Ford or the NDP from forming a majority", the ad states.
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