Could Miller get a promotion to government tonight – or lose his job as MPP to Waters or Mobely?
PARRY SOUND-MUSKOKA — You’ll have to stay up past 9:15 p.m. tonight if you want to know who Ontario’s next premier is.
TV stations won’t be “declaring a winner” 15 minutes after the polls close — if you believe this morning’s latest polling results, which in recent past haven’t been too accurate.
Locally, riding candidates are continuing their final pushes — away from polling stations.
Norm Miller is the incumbent here, and he is a strong favourite, having been the MPP for more than a decade.
He said when he opened his campaign office in Bracebridge at the start of the 42 election campaign that if voters don’t want to re-elect another opposition member, “they should vote for Tim Hudak.”
And put Miller on the government side of the Ontario legislature.
Meanwhile, Liberal candidate Dan Waters hopes lightning strikes twice.
He was in the right place at the right time and rode on the coat-tails of Bob Rae when he became NDP premier and Waters an MPP who earned praise for his constituency work then.
Parry Sound-Muskoka has been Tory many years, including with Miller’s dad Frank, who was premier; Ernie Eves from Parry Sound who as also a premier; and Bill Griffiths who was briefly a PC MPP.
But the Liberals didn make inroads with Ken Black, a retired Bracebridge principal, who became a cabinet minister.
Since then Waters has switched parties, moving more to the centre than the left of the political spectrum.
That’s ironic, since current NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has been accused by her tradition trade union base of leaning too far to the centre.
After an agonizingly slow start, the NDP are back in the race — according to those polls today.
Either way, she will likely again hold the balance of power in a minority government.
The NDP’s candidate, riding president Clive Mobely — a inveterate letter-writer who particularly has a dislike for MP Tony Clement and the federal Conservatives, has been all but not existent in this campaign, save for signs.
Matt Richter the Green candidate showed up TVO’s Agenda with Steve Paikin this week.
A public school teacher, he acquitted himself well sitting next to the Education Minister Liz Sandals, of Guelph, where a robo-call trial is underway about federal voter mis-direction allegations in the last national vote.
That’s similar to charges this week leveled at the provincial PCs over another misdirection of voters case Hudak has denounces.
The messy American-style campaign — with a number of third parties paying for ads attacking both Hudak and Premier Kathleen Wynne — included one photo of Hudak smiling while walking away from a hospital blowing up. It was Photo-Shopped from a movie.
So, stay tuned tonight, if you like politics — and you should because it affect all of us in far-reaching parts of our lives — then you’ll enjoy the game, if not the results depending on your political leanings.
If you haven’t voted yet – get out and do your duty one way or the other.
Our prediction is another Liberal minority.
It would at least save on the cost of new letterheads and website redesigns.
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