Ontario party leaders campaigning hard in final weekend
Gas-plant scandal flares up again in home stretch before election
All three main Ontario party leaders are hitting the hustings today on the last last weekend of campaigning before voters go to the polls on Thursday.
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Where the leaders are today
Andrea Horwath, NDP
- Scarborough: Media event, 10:30 a.m., 5790 Sheppard Ave. E.
- Hamilton: Cake cutting, 12:30 p.m.., Hamilton Farmer's Market.
- Hamilton: BBQ for campaign volunteers, 3 p.m., 471 King St. W.
- Guelph: Campaign stop, 4:30 p.m., 32 Essex St.
- London: Media event, 7 p.m., 119 Sherwood Forest Sq.
Kathleen Wynne, Liberals
- Waterdown: Speech, 10:15 a.m., 255 Dundas St. E.
- Niagara Falls: Speech, 1:55 p.m. 4424 Montrose Rd.
- Hamilton: Photo opportunity, 4:15 p.m., 25 Redmond Dr.
Tim Hudak, PCs
- Mississauga: Brief speech, 10 a.m., 1786 Mattawa Ave.
- Wilmot Township: Photo opportunity, 1 p.m., 1059 Pinehill Rd.
- Strathroy: Town hall, 5:30 p.m., 7253 Calvert Dr.
Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne has events scheduled in Waterdown, Niagara Falls and Hamilton, while Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be in Mississauga, Wilmot Township and Strathroy.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath started the day in Toronto, then campaigns in Hamilton, Guelph and London.
The gas plants scandal that followed the 2011 election was a hot topic on the campaign trail on Friday.
Provincial police investigating the alleged destruction of government documents related to the cancellation of two gas plants served the Legislative Assembly with a court order for logs showing who had entered the legislature.
It was under former premier Dalton McGuinty that the Liberal government cancelled the Oakville and Mississauga plants — a political decision that cost taxpayers an estimated $1.1 billion.
Wynne pleaded with voters to judge her on her record and campaign platform, and consider how she has handled the scandal.
The Progressive Conservatives seized on the police action to demand Wynne make all relevant documents public immediately.
Hudak said voters aren't going to stand for a coverup — "they want answers."
The New Democrats called the court order another reminder of why the province needs a change of government.
Horwath said people are tired of the stench of corruption in Ontario and they want it cleaned up, declaring Thursday's election "a referendum on corruption."