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Provincial election will be June 12

Voters will head to the ballot boxes on Thursday, June 12.

On Friday, Premier Kathleen Wynne decided to hold an election rather than see the minority Liberal government defeated in a confidence vote as both the NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said their parties would not support the budget.

The premier met with David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on Friday to request the legislature be dissolved. The writs for the general election are to be signed on Wednesday, May 7.

Under the Elections Act, the election would ordinarily take place on Thursday, June 5. However, the Chief Electoral Officer has identified June 5 as a day of religious significance, and has recommended Thursday, June 12 as the alternate election day.

Wynne told party supporters they would win the election, then implement the budget.

As a reminder, here’s what happened in 2011:


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  1. Wolf Braun says:

    They can’t fix the mess. They have no plan.

    They also don’t know why they exist. They have no purpose.

    Nor do they have any principles.

    It’s a mess for sure !

  2. Marnie says:

    Mark, could it be that they have no idea of how to fix this mess?

  3. Mark says:

    Am I alone or does anyone see a vision by any party? Is there a plan to help the working poor? A plan for deteriorating infrastructures? A plan for Seniors affordable housing,a plan for energy costs? A plan that can balance these needs with a looming 280 Billion deficit that will take us down if not addressed. I am listening but I do not see or hear a leader to date that provides any confidence they have a plan. All 3 parties are failing to tell the electorate how the massive debt can be handled and maintain a standard of living Ontarion’s expect.

  4. Gary says:

    Yes the Conservatives deregulated Ontario Hydro and sent a publicly owned utility into a spiraling mess that we are paying for dearly.

  5. KJB says:

    @Sue3…..I believe it was the conservatives that also changed Ontario Hydro…..they also say they will cut teachers jobs rather than renegotiate salaries with teachers…not their unions….B.C. government has sent the messages to their teachers to have their unions work harder to settle contracts…Are they going to cut jobs that can support families and introduce more Mcjobs

  6. Sue3 says:

    Mark, google “Hudak Drive Clean”, there are a number of references to it.

    As to the turbines, I do have some faith in this, as there have been a number of conservative MPPs openly fighting them for the last few years. There seems to be a lot of different opinions as to whether or not existing contracts can actually be ‘cancelled’. However, it looks hopeful for those not yet approved or hooked up to the grid. I would think that with a change in govt, the change in the ministries (environment, health, etc.), may offer some hope for any projects in the appeal stage as well.

  7. Mark says:

    Sue – I hadn’t heard that the Tories would cut the Drive Clean. That is a smart political move. Where would I find that in their platform? As for turbines I don’t believe any of that rhetoric until I see it. Easy to make promises now and change when facing the contracts.

  8. Sue3 says:

    @Mark –
    The conservatives have said they will cut the drive clean program.
    They have also said they will stop turbine projects that are not yet approved, and will determine whether projects not yet connected to the grid will proceed.

  9. sanmc says:

    They are all puppets in a puppet government controlled by BIG money corps. all the way to the world bank from on high. Follow the money. And the wheels are being greased all the way up with favours and rewards. Lots of money for the big guys. A good reason to get into politics.

    I read it before that civilization is moving dangerously towards the tipping point.

    Democracy means the people speak as one voice, if that means marching in the streets to say it or boycotting products and GMO’s of corps then be prepared to do it for change and the betterment of humanity. This I see as the message that a capitalist gov’t will hear. Buy local is so important and somewhat restrictive to choice. Not so easy with how we have been conditioned by large corps and gov’t.

    Just try and get a large enough crowd of people together that are on the same wave length in Ontario, in Canada. Small groups are isolated from the next therefore making the larger crowd difficult to amass. Now boycotting products, that is something that’s in our control.

    Capitalists always see it as creating jobs to make more profits. But to the people it’s more than jobs its life and family, community, trust, efficiency and integrity in gov’t. There is enough food on this planet to feed everyone in contradiction to what the Bigs say. But the profits would suffer so therein people starve to death and de-populate the planet at the same time. Less poor people who do not work for there stay on earth. Capitalists need the working classes to produce. The middle class is dispensable.

    The hospital issue imo is a dead duck. Bigger hospitals have been cutting since 1991 and have never stopped and continue this day. Look at Bancroft hospital it is further distance afar. More risk of death getting to the hospital in time. And a larger Belleville hospital with immense services is how many minutes away for folks living north. The gov’t cares little about that distance. So I compare PEC to this situation, and I see there will never be a change once the hospital/clinic services equals out to where they will provide what the gov’t wants. Bare necessities and for all else go to Belleville. (like Bancroft) I’m sorry to say. This plan will drive people into the cities where they become more dependent on corps. for everything.

    I’d like to see a Picton Hos. but the reality is imo. it’s not going to happen any day soon (soon meaning in 10yrs. or more if ever.) and just maybe the population of PEC will dictate that. History has shown what the growth for this area proves in statistics. Gov’t loves stats and cares little for people. They want to decrease the middle class and just watch them do it, first by cutting teachers and gov’t employees. There are many researchers that are gone/fired/let-go/dead through accident. Watch the doc “silence of the labs” cbc – google it and see the harm.

    Wake up people. My intention is to shatter my vote. You will be surprised at what is coming down the pipe. Vote and watch. Be aware – make connections. We are nearing the completion of the new world order. The internet is changing; it’s going to be licensed and only those that can pay will have access. It’s coming.

    Geesh, do something different this time with your vote.

  10. Mark says:

    Why hasn’t a party come out and promised to get rid of the rip off drive clean test on our vehicles. Or get rid of LCBO so it can go private enterprise and you can buy a bottle on Victoria Day? Ridiculous in this day and age. What about infrastructure for small towns so residents don’t pay $1,500 to $2,000 a year for water that stinks to support 30 million waste plants? What about help for roads that are falling apart? Heard any of these common sense things?

  11. Mark says:

    Hudak is all over the map! Cut seniors health renovation tax credit, cut teachers, cut students tuition credit. Nothing to report on turbines! He is a Harris clone. At least Harris put beer on golf courses since he was an avid golfer!

  12. Marnie says:

    I did vote for a long time Ken but a couple of years ago I just gave up. I think it was the loss of our hospital as we knew it that did it for me. We spoke out but our government was not listening. There may be two sides to the wind turbine issue but who can argue that we do not need a hospital with a reasonable range of services here?

  13. Ken Globe says:

    Marnie, at least you took part in the process. I hate the people that piss and moan about everything that happens government-wise, but they never put the “x” in a ballot.

  14. Marnie says:

    I voted Ken – year after year – and today can only shake my head at what has happened in our province. I used to vote believing that the successful candidate would become the voice of the people in his or her riding. Somebody must have hit the mute button. The county fought for its hospital and lost. A large number of people fought against wind turbines and the government told them to suck it up. Todd Smith did his best but he was a voice in the wilderness.

  15. KJB says:

    Again I ask which parties created the problems and who inherited the problems…Who was in power when our Hydro system changed and the 100s of employees where given the handsome retirement packages (including cola for life) and then hired a number of these people back on contract.
    Why get rid of a number of teachers, and not. review the top dogs in administration where the big money is paid…Until we get our budget under control what is wrong with wage caps, but then the necessary services, the politicians, CEO’s and the government employees must also make sure their wages and expenses are capped…Mr Hudac’s plan sounds just like Mr. Harris years ago…he did the cuts but when push came to shove he relented to the doctors, & fat cats. My feeling is a vote for anyone but the Liberals is a vote for the Conservatives…Remember parties not in power can offer anything

  16. sanmc says:

    I will not vote for “Conservative” Todd Smith

  17. sanmc says:

    “I will not for this guy”

    I will not vote for this guy Conservation Todd Smith, nor will I vote for Liberal, nor NDP. But I will vote.

  18. sanmc says:

    If you don’t vote, what are you prepared to do? to make a difference? You are not in this alone which not voting seems to show.

    Todd Smith will have to follow party lines, at best his voice for pec will be silenced. What he is doing NOW is as good as it gets, imo. making an impression on the few voters here who care to vote or follow, health, turbines and grain prices.

    I will not for this guy. A couple of candidates that have right intentions for serving people who have a record of trying to make a change for the better, who agitate gov’t with questions and letters on their own altruistically. Look at the civic history the candidates are bringing in with them. That’s the first clue.

    What can a radio host do in politics? When even the radio has its mandates to follow. A good ” ‘at a boy” comes to mind.

  19. Ken Globe says:

    If you don’t vote, don’t bitch…

  20. Doris Lane says:

    Come on People–this election is not about Rob Ford
    It is about what the liberals have let happen to our province. Sure I know Hudack is not the greatest leader but maybe some people in his government can help straighten things out,
    I believe Todd Smith is a good person and has our interests at heart , Let us give him another chance to go to Toronto and see what he can do.
    What ever you do do not stay home and not vote.
    Take your time and look carefully at all the candidates.

  21. Mark says:

    I am voting, always have.

  22. Jack says:

    It,s only foregone if you don,t vote.

  23. Mark says:

    In this riding the election is a foregone conclusion.

  24. Marnie says:

    Sorry, Dayton, but I honestly don’t think a ride to the polls will change the direction in which we are headed. We are already told where we can and cannot pray, the acceptable size of a cross, should we choose to wear one and are reminded that Merry Christmas ia no longer an acceptable greeting. When the mention of God, Christmas and Christmas trees became politically incorrect I considered us near the bottom of the slope and I am not a Jesus freak. Our politicians let this happen.

  25. Dayton Johnson says:

    Marnie I think “the bottom of the slope” would be more like as women not being allowed to vote, as women being told what to wear and mandatory veiling the face,,,being told how many children a family can have,no legal defence against public beatings or marital killing. You think you got it bad? Look around the Middle East or China. Think it would never happen here?…probably not but we have rights and laws to protect us and we are free to vote and replace our leaders every four years.
    Ok now…need a ride to the polls?

  26. Marnie says:

    Despite all of the voting we are almost at the bottom of the slope anyway. These geniuses that we voted into office have managed to remove religion from the schools and anywhere else they could get rid of it, they have plunged us into debt, saddled us with taxes and fees that are becoming a huge burden, destroyed our health care system and made Ontario a have-not province. But all the while they have have lined up perks and fat pensions for themselves.There are scandals in the Senate and a growing number of stories about corruption in government. I used to think that my vote could help to change this. Now I am reconciled to the fact that it seems to be what the majority wants. My civic responsibility these days is limited to total disgust at the way in which politicians have destroyed Ontario, especially the dearly departed Mr. McGuinty.

  27. Jack says:

    Don,t vote and see where that will get you. Maybe a dictatorship might work for some of you.?Other countries have a president for life,. Korea could be an interesting place to live. What a bunch of BS. Voting is your civic responsibility! If you don,t you are riding a slippery slope , and it only stops at the bottom.

  28. Snowman says:

    Sorry, but I don’t see the wisdom in coming on here and complaining about politicians not following the public’s wishes ,in one breath ,and in the next breath telling people you can’t be bothered to vote?
    If you don’t vote,you give away the only real method ( that actually will bring results)that you have of passing judgement on a politicians
    job performance.

  29. sanmc says:

    I’d vote for Ford. He said he was going to stop the gravy train and he did and all the other things he said about city money and city garbage, he did. Even taking cocaine, he said he did that too. lol

  30. Marnie says:

    When those we elect fail to live up to the majority of their election promises our right to vote seems a little hollow Doris. Have you seen the latest pictures of Rob Ford vacationing in cottage country? The man is a disgrace but there remains a real possibility that he will be re-elected. It’s difficult to put a lot of faith in the democratic process these days when someone like him holds office.

  31. Matt Helm says:

    I like Todd. When he got elected a couple years ago, he said he was going to bring in a bill to fight the turbines and he did.

    When he knocked on my door in Picton a couple years ago, I got on his case about how the province has done nothing to help the economy down here in the County and then I came on the site here a couple weeks ago and I see that he’s trying to help the local wineries.

    He never forgot who sent him to Queen’s Park, I got no problem with sending him back.

  32. Doris Lane says:

    little disappointing to read that so many of you will not vote.
    It is our democratic right to vote. Would you want to live in a country where you did not have the right to vote?
    I am voting against the party which brought in the GEA
    I realize other things have contributed to our problems but the GEA has created the worst problem that we have ever had.

  33. Wolf Braun says:

    “I believe most Candidates go into the election thinking their work will create change and make things better for the majority.. ” – Paul

    That is certainly what all media has drummed into voters. Instead of doing their job and getting down to core issues the media has focused on implementing this “not-thinking” into people’s minds.

  34. Marnie says:

    I believe you are right, Paul. Their intentions may be good but they soon discover that things are very different from what they expected.

  35. Mark says:

    I think the most discouraging part of the election is that we have seen both Parties in power and both have disappointed greatly. One is slash and burn and one continues to spend. Both have equally contributed to our energy cost crisis.
    This election draws little interest locally as we most all know Todd our former radio guy wins by a landslide.

  36. Paul says:

    I believe most Candidates go into the election thinking their work will create change and make things better for the majority.. Once elected the new MPP realizes he must toe the party line or risk being banished to the back bench’s just to get a very slim chance to put forward his idea’s. The Party’s Agenda is always first and whipped votes are the way the Government runs the show. I will NOT vote for this type of Government….

  37. Marnie says:

    Sometimes I feel guilty about not voting because young men died in two World Wars to ensure that we would have this privilege. However, I cannot help but think that if they could see our world as it exists today they would be heartsick.

  38. sanmc says:

    A Protest > not voting. How wise is that? It’s taken as lazy and not caring, which is obviously not true. You care very much.

    I felt the same way last time. I didn’t want to vote. But I did. At that time the system was a sham of candidates as it is now. Replace one fool puppet with another one of a different face or race.

    This time I will vote, the same as I did last time become a voting statistic once again. I will vote for the Green Party, where there’s not a hope in hell of winning but, alas, a message sent. Let the pundits or nitwits figure out what the message really means. They can’t say I didn’t care to vote. Too bad there’s not a space for an X alongside “boycott” vote.

    I ponder if the Green Party is just another “Greed” party like Greed energy? Where the heck is the candidate for my vote? Don’t hear much. Is any party talking about hydro this time? costs of energy? A program to help with energizing our homes to cut expense like the retro-fit program was for. Where are the sane people, the non-corrupt.

    Hudac’s words give me the heebee geebeez when he talks of cutting jobs in that sector. This will decrease the middle class. This is not good stuff for the people. If Hudac gets elected Todd Smith will HAVE TO follow party lines and his voice will be just another one that can effect nothing for his own riding, alongside the likes of Leona Dombrowski.

    I’ve little faith in Todd Smith and his party’s promise for PEC. Think about it, doing this with turbines will not create jobs as it was suppose to do in the last election. Hudac can change his mind in an instant with no reasonable excuse. Unless of course he’s going to hire some minimum wage workers to tear down the turbines and replace the soil of pre-turbine testing, etc. ie Ostrander point in the alvar – turtle zones.

  39. Wolf Braun says:

    I’ve given much thought to not voting. But, I don’t believe it’s the right thing to do. Here’s why.

    Here’s a thought about our predicament (with all 3 levels of government) that was expressed in the early 1980s by a person whom I consider to be a solid thinker on moral philosophy and on the condition of society today – Alasdair MacIntyre – the author of “After Virtue”.

    The following statement appears as the last words in his book, “After Virtue”:

    ” It is always dangerous to draw too precise parallels between one historical period and another; and among the most misleading of such parallels are those which have been drawn between our own age in Europe and North America and the epoch in which the Roman empire declined into the Dark Ages. Nonetheless certain parallels there are.

    A crucial turning point in that earlier history occurred when men and women of good will turned aside from the task of shoring up the Roman imperium and ceased to identify the continuation of civility and moral community with the maintenance of that imperium. What they set themselves to achieve instead — often not recognizing fully what they were doing — was the construction of new forms of community within which the moral life could be sustained so that both morality and civility might survive the coming ages of barbarism and darkness.

    If my account of our moral condition is correct, we ought also to conclude that for some time now we too have reached that turning point. What matters at this stage is the construction of local forms of community within which civility and the intellectual and moral life can be sustained through the new dark ages which are already upon us. And if the tradition of the virtues was able to survive the horrors of the last dark ages, we are not entirely without grounds for hope.

    This time however the barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have been governing us for quite some time. And it is our lack of consciousness of this that constitutes part of our predicament.

    We are waiting not for a Godot, but for another — doubtless very different — St. Benedict.” (After Virtue, p. 263)

    Most citizens in “The West” seem to have accepted the view that it is fine to concentrate on the gingerbread – and to have no thought at all about the foundations. That is, like those who were affected by the “Stockholm Syndrome”, most of us have been so heavily influenced by the political/media/educational environment imposed by our “captors” that we have become unable to see and to think beyond their spin.

    We have it within us to fix our dysfunctional governments. It won’t be easy. In fact, it will be the hardest work we’ve ever undertaken. We can be stewards of our own community, province and country.

  40. Marnie says:

    I hear you Jack. All of them are gung ho going out of the chute but something seems to happen to them once elected. Maybe they discover when they get there that they are just party yes men with no real voice. One thing is for certain – they have no real appreciation of what life is like for the poor middle class individual just trying to get by. They want his vote but once they have that he is history. I used to vote in every election. I felt it was my duty. Now like you I cannot be bothered. Government has done nothing for me lately except to impose more taxes and fees. It rankles that the politicians who support these extortions retire on fat pensions while I and thousands like me struggle to make our modest pensions cover my bills.

  41. Jack Smith says:

    I have decide not to vote this year and not to vote in the Future. To me Politicians are all the same. Promising this, promising that before the election and when elected they do nothing but lining their own pockets with gold and some getting a nice pension when they have served their term for what, doing nothing. It is a system that has been going on for decades. Until one of them does something for the poor guy like myself and a lot of others that struggle each day to survive, until that happens I am not voting!!!!

  42. Anon says:

    Mark – If Hudak says he will create a million jobs, but he intends to ‘pink slip’ 100,000 doesn’t that mean that 900,000 will be created? Ya gotta love Conservative math.

  43. Mark says:

    Nothing has changed riding wise folks. Can’t change until there is a federal election! On the election front Hudak wants to cut 100,000 public service jobs! Wow! I guess his dream of creating one million jobs just went up to 1,100,000. Good luck Tim.

  44. Anon says:

    Prince Edward-Hastings riding is all of Prince Edward County, and all of Hastings County EXCEPT the municipality of Quinte West.

  45. Gary Mooney says:

    So far, I can only identify two candidates:

    * Todd Smith, PC, current MPP, first elected in 2011. Bio at

    * Georgina Thompson, Liberal, former Chair, South East LHIN. Short bio at

    The riding is Prince Edward-Hastings, which includes PEC, Belleville (but not Quinte West), Tyendinaga and an area that is 40 to 45 km wide extending north to Bark Lake. The total distance from the south shore of PEC to Bark Lake of 180 km.

  46. IM Messenger says:

    I suggest calling your local MPP to find out that info directly.

    If they don’t know … I’d vote for the other guy/gal. lol

  47. KJB says:

    Thankyou, IM…..I guess I was wondering if the riding for provincial elections has also changed as with the Federal elections (Quinte West)…The site you stated does not say if it has been changed.

  48. IM Messenger says:

    “The writs for the general election are to be signed on Wednesday, May 7.”

    Candidates officially will sign on after this date. Prince Edward – Hastings.

    Census subdivisions:
    Bancroft, Belleville, Carlow/Mayo, Centre Hastings, Deseronto, Faraday, Hastings Highlands, Limerick, Madoc, Marmora and Lake, Prince Edward, Stirling-Rawdon, Tudor and Cashel, Tweed, Tyendinaga, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Wollaston

    google your other queries

  49. KJB says:

    could someone tell me who are the candidates for the County….Also what communities are in this riding…Thankyou

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