TORONTO – Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on the campaign bus of a politician during an election?
Global’s Queen’s Park Bureau Chief Alan Carter gives you the inside track of just what life is like on Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne’s campaign bus, dubbed the “Wynnebago,” for the 2014 Ontario Election.
The tempo is non-stop, travelling from one campaign stop to another.
The bus, a MCI coach, has all the comforts of home including high-speed wireless internet, televisions, refrigerators, coffee machines, a microwave, SodaStream, and a bathroom.
On the bus, Liberal staffers are mixed in with reporters busily typing and filing stories as the Premier travels between campaign stops.
As Wynne arrives at each location to make a campaign speech, she’s followed closely by the media. But surprisingly she only makes herself available for questions once a day and usually in the morning.
This can sometimes push reporters to resort to unusual tactics to get an interview.
WATCH: Alan Carter tries to keep up with Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne on a morning jog while asking questions about her election platform.
In between stops, reporters may catch a quick bite before being carted back on the bus as the campaign heads to another stop or photo op.
On Thursday, Wynne was in Ottawa where she got into a war of words with the federal conservatives before heading to Kingston to support local Liberal candidate Sophie Kiwala, who replaces the long-time MPP John Gerretsen.
Job creation took centre stage Friday as Hudak announced he would cut 100,000 public sector jobs if the Tories are elected. It’s something both NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Premier Kathleen Wynne swiftly and sharply criticized.
Wynne who spoke from a robotics factory in Kingston called Hudak’s plan “reckless.”
“I have said for months that Tim Hudak’s jobs plan is reckless and will steer Ontario out of recovery and back into recession,” said Wynne. “And now we have heard proof positive from Tim Hudak himself, his jobs plan is to turn paycheques into pink slips.”
Horwath who was in Toronto to address the Ontario Public Service Employees Union received a standing ovation when she condemned Hudak’s remarks.
“It will seem pretty familiar to people who lived in the province the last time Tim Hudak sat at the cabinet table,” she said. “Ten years later we are still recovering from the mess in the Hydro system, still paying the bills to drive on the 407. Back to the future is not the change that we need.”
After a long day on the campaign trail, exhausted reporters head to (or should) head to bed early as the next day of the campaign begins bright and early.
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