WATCH: Andrea Horwath has a message to her supporters on the final day of the campaign – stay the course. Jackson Proskow reports
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath downplayed a move by the Liberals which targeted a swath of New Democrat seats on the last day of election campaigning and suggested she isn’t worried about their play for NDP territory.
Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne is making six campaign stops Wednesday in Toronto, five of them in New Democrat-held ridings.
Horwath said she thought the Liberals wanted to keep the Progressive Conservatives from coming to power.
“I don’t know whatever happened to the Liberals who wanted to stop (Tory Leader Tim) Hudak,” Horwath said in Mississauga. “I guess they’ve given up on that task, but New Democrats have not given up on that task.”
Horwath suggested she isn’t concerned that Liberals will take those Toronto seats from New Democrat incumbents.
“We have very strong MPPs and very strong ridings,” she said.
“No matter what the Liberals say the only way to get strong voices in downtown Toronto on the issues that are important to Torontonians is to make sure those hard-working NDP MPPs are there.”
Horwath herself is spending the last campaign day ahead of Thursday’s vote with a hectic swing through eight ridings, none of which are currently held by the NDP.
She is making stops around the Greater Toronto Area – the NDP hopes to pick up another seat in the area surrounding the city after they nabbed their first-ever seat in that area in 2011 – and eastern Ontario.
Horwath’s last stop of the day is in Kingston with federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, who has so far only appeared alongside Horwath at a private campaign event.
Horwath has joked that the strategy on the last day seems to be to exhaust the leader, though she noted many of her campaign days have been jam-packed.
“It’s not like I’ve been slacking off over the last couple of days,” Horwath said.