Liberals in Simcoe County and Muskoka react to Wynne's concession

Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne makes a policy announcement in Toronto

Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne makes a policy announcement in Toronto

"Now, a vote for Kathleen Wynne and a vote for Doug Ford mean the same thing".

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne says she won't be premier after next week's Ontario election, conceding Saturday morning that her party won't hold onto power after 15 years in office. She is warning about what an NDP or Progressive Conservative majority government would bring, and is pitching votes for the Liberals as a way to keep either of those parties in check. As for regrets, Wynne said: "I wish I could have figured out how to make it clearer to people that I do care, that I want their lives to be better - because I think part of the antipathy, part of the reason that people don't like me - those who don't like me - is that they don't know that I actually do care about them".

"If your concern is that you'd be electing me or electing a Liberal government, that's not going to happen", she said.

"I have not", Wynne said when asked if she has played cynical politics.

Again, without the slightest recognition of the damage she's done to Ontario with her leftist Nanny State ideology, her reckless spending and her equally careless accumulation of debt, Wynne contended that PC Leader Doug Ford "would have too free a hand for most people" if he won a majority.

She stopped short of stepping down as party leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario and indicated that there was no one single event or issue that pushed her to the decision to publicly concede before voters even went to the polls. The NDP, after all, have only formed government once, in 1990.

Wynne's speech urged voters to support their local Liberal candidates to keep the NDP or Progressive Conservatives from having a "blank cheque" with which to run Ontario. "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 unsafe game" that could propel the Tories to a majority. But as the polls painted an increasingly grim picture, she was forced to come to terms with her own waning popularity.

Ms. Wynne said that the election, which has seen Mr. Ford and Ms. Horwath effectively tied in a number of polls, was not the campaign she had expected to fight.

In her latest campaign strategy, Wynne has addressed that fact that she is not well liked.

"It's a realization that the Kathleen Wynne brand might be more detrimental than the Liberal party brand", she said.

"People probably will look back in four years, and think "what have we done", says Hoggarth. "We will fix this".

On the verge of tears, the premier said that the Liberals wouldn't be able to form the government after the election and that she wasn't going to pretend it wasn't hard.

If the Liberals win fewer than eight seats on Thursday, they'll lose official party status - which comes with funding for staff and research as well as greater prominence in Question Period.

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