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Wynne Liberals could lose official party status if election held today: poll

KEVIN MISENER AND NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Mar 31st, 2017

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

The governing Ontario Liberals could be decimated if an election were held today, according to a new poll.

Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said with just over a year to election day, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals face a tough task in reversing their polling numbers.

“The path to victory for the Liberals keeps narrowing each month. I’m not saying it’s impossible, it just becomes more and more difficult,” Bozinoff told 680 NEWS on Friday.

The Forum Research poll, which was published in the Toronto Sun, found not only would the Liberals suffer a crushing defeat in the election, they would also lose official party status.

The poll suggests voters would elect the Progressive Conservatives with a huge majority at 43 per cent support, while the NDP would be the Official Opposition at 28 per cent. The Liberals would be in third place at 19 per cent support.

The Tories would snag 86 seats with the NDP at 29 seats. The Liberals would only manage to snag seven seats. Right now, there are 107 seats at Queen’s Park, but that will rise to 122 seats in the 2018 election. Parties need eight seats to maintain official party status in Ontario.

Bozinoff said soaring hydro rates continue to hobble the Liberals, despite Wynne’s efforts to make bills more affordable.

“The announcement that they’re going to reduce the rates in June doesn’t seem to have helped them very much. It might be because people are waiting until June to see the actual reduction on their bills,” he said.

The governing Ontario Liberals could be decimated if an election were held today, according to a new poll.

Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said with just over a year to election day, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals face a tough task in reversing their polling numbers.

“The path to victory for the Liberals keeps narrowing each month. I’m not saying it’s impossible, it just becomes more and more difficult,” Bozinoff told 680 NEWS on Friday.

The Forum Research poll, which was published in the Toronto Sun, found not only would the Liberals suffer a crushing defeat in the election, they would also lose official party status.

The poll suggests voters would elect the Progressive Conservatives with a huge majority at 43 per cent support, while the NDP would be the Official Opposition at 28 per cent. The Liberals would be in third place at 19 per cent support.

The Tories would snag 86 seats with the NDP at 29 seats. The Liberals would only manage to snag seven seats. Right now, there are 107 seats at Queen’s Park, but that will rise to 122 seats in the 2018 election. Parties need eight seats to maintain official party status in Ontario.

Bozinoff said soaring hydro rates continue to hobble the Liberals, despite Wynne’s efforts to make bills more affordable.

“The announcement that they’re going to reduce the rates in June doesn’t seem to have helped them very much. It might be because people are waiting until June to see the actual reduction on their bills,” he said.

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