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Monday, January 21, 2013

Ontario's premier candidates enter final week of campaign


Ontario's premier candidates enter final week of campaign

LEADERSHIP HOPEFULS THE DEBATE FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THE ONTARIO LIBERAL PARTY HELD AT THE AJAX CONVENTION CENTRE.












ANTONELLA ARTUSO | QMI AGENCY
TORONTO - Ontario Liberal leadership candidates entered the final stretch Monday with a blizzard of announcements.Candidate Kathleen Wynne's team said in a statement that her campaign has the strongest grassroots support with the most donors at 1,049 and the lowest average donation at $489.
The Don Valley West MPP has pulled in $511,893, the statement says.
Sandra Pupatello's campaign announced that she has attracted the support of Maryanne Kampouris, the Liberal Party of Canada's national policy chair, who was elected as a delegate in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell in Eastern Ontario.
Harinder Takhar spoke at the Toronto Board of Trade Monday where he pledged to create a Small Business Development Corp. and a dedicated Ontario Infrastructure Savings Bond.
"If I become premier, I will eliminate Ontario's deficit a year earlier by 2016-17 without drastic cuts, but by focusing on finding efficiencies, generating revenue and cost reductions," Takhar said.
Candidate Gerard Kennedy said Monday he would focus on steps to address inequality in Ontario.
"If elected leader, I will immediately move to ensure that the party and government take steps to ensure gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation are better represented immediately," Kennedy said.
Ontario Liberals will elect a new leader and premier at a convention at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto this weekend, with voting on Sunday.
Based on delegate support, Pupatello is at the head of the pack with Wynne a close second.
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