Ontario Votes 2014

As Ontario election ad ban ends, new campaign period begins

Leaders of Ontario's political parties return to the campaign trail today backed by new ad campaigns on television, radio and in print.
As of midnight Ontario gets to see the cold war for votes get hot on TV 4:23

Where the leaders are today

Itineraries of the Ontario party leaders for Wednesday, May 21:

Kathleen Wynne, Liberals

  • Oldcastle: Media availability following tour of Omega Tool, 7:45 a.m., 2045 Solar Cres.
  • Cambridge: Media availability following tour of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, 2:15 p.m., 1055 Fountain St. N.
  • Thornhill: Photo opportunity at Legend Restaurant, 6:30 p.m., 5 Glen Cameron Rd.

Tim Hudak, Progressive Conservatives

  • Cobourg: Media availability at Horizon Plastics, 9:15 a.m., Building 3 West St., Northam Industrial Park.
  • Peterborough: Photo opportunity at Bryston Limited, 11:45 a.m., 677 Neal Dr.

Andrea Horwath, New Democrats

  • Brampton: Media availability at Brampton Library, 10:30 a.m., 65 Queen St. E.
  • Brampton: Photo opportunity at India Bazaar Fresh Piks, 11:15 a.m., 10405 Kennedy Rd.
  • Toronto : Photo opportunity at Jane Park Plaza, 3 p.m., 884 Jane St.

Leaders of Ontario's political parties return to the campaign trail today backed by new ad campaigns on television, radio and in print.

Election rules prevented the leaders from running the ads over the past two weeks, but that blackout period ended at midnight.

The Liberals are rolling out a TV commercial across the province, as well as 35 different radio spots, each voiced by Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The ad shows Wynne talking about her platform, but also slamming Tory Leader Tim Hudak's plans to cut 100,000 public-sector jobs.

Liberal party officials say the commercial isn't a negative ad, but one that contrasts the choice voters face in the June 12 election.

The Tories are also putting out a radio ad targeting the Liberals and their costly decision to cancel two gas plants ahead of the last election at a cost of up to $1.1 billion.

The NDP made an unusual move Wednesday, taking out a full-page ad that wraps around the front of the conservative Toronto Sun newspaper. The ad, designed to resemble a Sun front page, has an image of both Wynne and Hudak with a headline that says "nonsense."

The back page of the ad touts Leader Andrea Horwath's plan to cut small business taxes, lower rates for auto insurance and cut public-sector CEO salaries.

Party strategists told the Canadian Press that the NDP are trying to target undecided voters with the ad, particularly those who have voted Conservative in the past but don't like Hudak or his policies.

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With files from The Canadian Press