Ontario Votes 2014

Sudbury Liberals defend attack ads as 'fact' ads

As the provincial election campaign heads into the homestretch, some candidates in the Sudbury riding are spending time talking about each other, instead of about their own platforms.
The provincial election has entered the homestretch, an the war of words that can be heard on the radio in the Sudbury riding is heating up. (Shutterstock/DmitriMaruta)

As the provincial election campaign heads into the homestretch, some candidates in the Sudbury riding are spending time talking about each other, instead of about their own platforms.

“Joe voted to keep his own slush funds,” an ad on a local radio station declares about NDP candidate Joe Cimino.

The ad comes from his Liberal opponent Andrew Olivier, who calls the radio spot a “fact ad.”

“These are fact ads,” Olivier said. “The point of it was basically to discuss a person ... or Joe's ... political background.”

But it seems NDP candidate Joe Cimino sees it as an attack ad and has released a commercial of his own.

“While my opponents are interested in personal attack ads, I'm focused on the future,” his radio commercial states.

Nipissing University political science professor David Tabachnick said the heated race in Sudbury shows how competitive things are in the riding — and it reflects the Liberal's strategy across the province.

“They are essentially looking at the election as avoiding the vote split between the Liberals and the NDP,” he said.

For her part, PC candidate Paula Peroni said she's focused on her own plans for the Sudbury riding, and isn't worrying about the war of words between her opponents.

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