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'Everything hasn't been perfect in Kathleen Wynne's Ontario,' say Liberals

From head-scratching campaign ads to a new northern riding to watch, here's The Campaigner — rounding up the moments you might have missed and things to watch on the campaign trail.

Here's why Kiiwetinoong, the province's largest riding geographically, is one to watch

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne poses before running in the Sporting Life 10K in Toronto on Sunday. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press)

As the campaign nears the one week mark, the leaders are starting to break out of the big-city bubble, with planned stops in Watford, Sarnia, Kitchener, Cambridge and the Niagara area today.

Here's what you need to know as the campaign hits day six.

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The moment

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath arrives to make a campaign announcement on health care in Brampton on Monday, where she ruled out any talk of a coalition with the Liberals. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

After a weekend of dancing around talk of a potential coalition with the Liberals, NDP leader Andrea Horwath came out this morning and explicitly said there's no way she would do it.

"I have no interest in a coalition government with the Liberals," she said Monday, during a campaign stop in Brampton. The statement went a lot further than her answer on Sunday, where she said she would have to wait until election day before making any decisions.

The move comes as PC Leader Doug Ford was already criticizing both parties over coalition talk.

Here's what he tweeted Monday morning:

Noted

The Liberals put out a new ad over the weekend — and they're cribbing a line from Stephen Harper's 2015 Conservative ad campaign.

"Okay, I get it," a woman in the ad says while walking through a field. "Everything hasn't been perfect in Kathleen Wynne's Ontario."

The federal Conservatives used a similar line in their re-election ads, stating "Stephen Harper isn't perfect." Notably, both ads don't feature their respective party leaders.

Riding to watch

Kiiwetinoong, population 32,987, profile by Jeff Walters

Kiiwetinoong is one of the new ridings for the 2018 Ontario provincial election. It's shown on the map in light orange. (Government of Ontario)

This new riding was created to boost Indigenous representation at Queen's Park; 68 per cent of the riding's population is Indigenous. While it may be the province's largest geographically, it has among the fewest constituents — and it's unclear which party will end up winning.

All three of the major party candidates are well-known locally: the PCs are running Clifford Bull, chief of Lac Seul First Nation; for the Liberals, it's Doug Lawrance, mayor of Sioux Lookout. The NDP have Sol Mamakwa, health advisor with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. The three men have worked together on a variety of projects in Sioux Lookout related to health.

Campaigning may prove to be tricky given most of the communities are only accessible year-round by plane.

Where the leaders are

  • Ford: Announcement in Niagara Falls (10:30 a.m.), factory tour in Smithville (12 noon), meet and greet in St. Catharines (1:30 p.m.), rally in Niagara Falls (6 p.m.)
  • Horwath: Healthcare announcement in Brampton (9 a.m.), dairy farm visit in Watford (2:00 p.m.), event in Sarnia (6 p.m.)
  • Schreiner: Platform launch in Toronto (9:15 a.m.), housing announcement in Etobicoke (1 p.m.), transit announcment in Mississauga (4:30 p.m.), Peel leaders' debate (8 p.m.)
  • Wynne: Trades announcement in Toronto (9:15 a.m), carpenters' labour union visit in Cambridge (4 p.m.), BBQ with supporters in Kitchener (6 p.m.)
A stack of Doug Ford election signs sit on a sidewalk in downtown Toronto. (Haydn Watters/CBC)

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About the Author

Haydn Watters

Haydn Watters is a Toronto-based journalist. He has also worked for CBC News in Halifax, Yellowknife and at the politics bureau in Ottawa. He also ran an experimental one-person pop-up bureau for the CBC in Barrie, Ont.