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Search ongoing for missing boater near Bluffers Park

News Staff | posted Monday, Jun 11th, 2018

Toronto police are searching for a man in his 20s after he fell off a boat near Bluffers Park Sunday night.

The Trenton Rescue Centre says there was a group of people on a boat about 1-2,000 feet offshore when one man fell overboard.

The Marine unit, a Toronto Fire board, a Coast Guard ship and a Royal Canadian Air Forces helicopter have been searching the area ever since.

There is no word on how the man fell out of the boat or if he was wearing a life-jacket.

Toronto police say the search continued overnight.

Trump expresses optimism amid final Kim summit preparations

Zeke Miller, Catherine Lucey, Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | posted Monday, Jun 11th, 2018

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On the eve of their historic and unprecedented summit, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepared Tuesday for a meeting that could define the fate of millions, along with their own political futures, with Trump forecasting a “nice” outcome and Kim spending the day out of view.

Both sides were finalizing preparations for the meeting, which was to kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday with a handshake between Trump and Kim, an image sure to be devoured around the world. Trump and Kim planned to meet one on one, joined only by translators, for up to two hours before admitting their respective advisers, a U.S. official said. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

The summit will be the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting American president. In Singapore, the island city-state hosting the summit, the sense of anticipation was palpable, with people lining spotless streets Monday waving cellphones as Trump headed to meet Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

As Trump and Lee sat down for a working lunch at the Istana house, Trump sounded optimistic, telling Lee, “we’ve got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely.” Trump had earlier tweeted about the “excitement in the air!”

Meanwhile, U.S. and North Korean officials huddled at the Ritz-Carlton hotel Monday ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal. A second round of meetings was planned for the afternoon as officials worked to lay the groundwork for progress to be made Tuesday, according to the official familiar with the preparations. Delegates were outlining specific goals for what Trump and Kim should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for how key issues can be resolved.

The meetings also served as an ice breaker of sorts as the teams worked to get better acquainted after decades of minimal U.S.-North Korea contact. In a sign of lingering tensions, the North Koreans have been closely scrutinizing all American staffers are slated to be in any U.S.-North Korea meetings, including translators, photographers and logistical staff, asking how they can be sure the American are not actually spies.

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday, both staying at luxurious and heavily guarded hotels less than half a mile apart, with Trump at the Shangri-La Hotel and Kim at the St. Regis Hotel.

“The entire world is watching the historic summit between (North Korea) and the United States of America,” Kim told Lee through an interpreter when they met Sunday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the former CIA director, spent the morning preparing with his top advisers, aides said. He was joined in Singapore by Ambassador Sung Kim, the U.S. envoy to the Philippines; and Ambassador Michael McKinley, a career diplomat Pompeo recently tapped to be his senior adviser.

Pompeo in a statement described the meetings as “substantive and detailed” and said Trump was “well-prepared” to meet the North Korean leader.

Pompeo travelled twice to Pyongyang in recent months to lay the groundwork for Trump’s meeting, becoming the most senior member of Trump’s team to spend time with Kim face to face.

Trump has said he hopes to make a legacy-defining deal for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to minimize expectations, saying additional meetings may be necessary.

Asked Saturday about his goals, he said: “Well, I think the minimum would be relationship. You would start at least a dialogue, because, you know, as a deal person, I have done very well with deals.”

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire U.S. mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there’s deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there’s also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the U.S. and the North.

As Trump was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies, withdrawing from the G-7 joint communique, escalating a trade fight and launching blistering criticism against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trump continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying Monday “Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal.”

One top Trump adviser cast the move as a show of strength before the Kim meeting. Economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CBS News in Washington that “Kim must not see American weakness,” adding that by criticizing new tariffs, Trudeau was “pouring collateral damage on this whole Korean trip.”

While advisers insist Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, he insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim. He told reporters he thinks he will know almost immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: “I will know, just my touch, my feel. That’s what I do.”

Pyongyang has said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits. But there are major doubts, given how hard it has been for Kim to build his program and that the weapons are seen as the major guarantee to his holding onto unchecked power.

Any nuclear deal will hinge on the North’s willingness to allow unfettered outside inspections of the country’s warheads and nuclear fuel, much of which is likely kept in a vast complex of underground facilities. Past nuclear deals have crumbled over North Korea’s reluctance to open its doors to outsiders.

Another possibility from the summit is a deal to end the Korean War, which North Korea has long demanded, presumably, in part, to get U.S. troops off the Korean Peninsula and eventually pave the way for a North Korean-led unified Korea.

Trump has also raised the possibility of further summits and an agreement ending the Korean War by replacing the armistice signed in 1953 with a peace treaty. China and South Korea would have to sign off on any legal treaty.

Robert De Niro bleeped at Tony Awards for Trump F-bomb

Leanna Italie, The Associated Press | posted Monday, Jun 11th, 2018

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With a bleep on live television and double fists raised in the air, Robert De Niro got the theatre crowd on its feet at the Tony Awards with a rousing political introduction of his old friend Bruce Springsteen that was focused squarely elsewhere: on President Donald Trump.

De Niro, a staunch Trump opponent, dropped a couple of F-bombs heard clearly by the Radio City Music crowd Sunday night. The CBS television audience heard dead silence instead before he raised his arms — twice — and earned a sustained standing ovation.

The legendary actor urged the audience to vote in November and lauded Springsteen for his own political commitment before the singer sat at a piano for a moving performance based on his “Springsteen on Broadway” show that had him singing his classic hit, “My Hometown.”

De Niro said of Springsteen: “Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else and even more importantly in these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for, in your own words, truth, transparency and integrity in government. Boy, do we need that now.”

The anti-Trump sentiment swept backstage as playwright Tony Kushner and others from “Angels in America” spoke to reporters about its three big wins: best play revival and acting trophies for Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane

“I agree,” Kushner said when asked about the De Niro moment, dropping an F-bomb of his own in relation to the president.

“I can’t believe De Niro did that,” Kushner said. “Good for him. I mean, it’s Robert De Niro. Who’s gonna argue with him?”

Kushner went even further, calling Trump’s presidency “the Hitler mistake” that put a “borderline psychotic narcissist in the White House.”

Liberals set to unveil changes to key program fighting homelessness

Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Jun 11th, 2018

A man sleeps on a vent outside Toronto General Hospital in Toronto on Thursday April 5, 2018. A cornerstone federal strategy to combat homelessness is set to receive a makeover this week that's expected to focus on outcomes, rather than how quickly cities are spending. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

A cornerstone federal strategy to combat homelessness is set to receive a makeover this week that’s expected to focus on outcomes, rather than how quickly cities are spending.

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy is the key vehicle through which federal money flows to cities for funding local efforts to help people get off the streets and into homes.

Despite some successes, the program has come under criticism for having burdensome reporting requirements and too restrictive a scope.

Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is expected to address those concerns Monday when he unveils planned changes to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the rules governing $2.1 billion in program funds to be spent over the next decade.

The government is expected to take an outcomes-based approach to the fund by providing money in exchange for results, rather than timely spending.

The changes are also expected to allow money to be spent on projects that are outside the “housing first” umbrella, which stipulates that they find housing and services for people right away, rather than requiring them to seek treatment first.

The Liberal government has taken a long look at the program after hearing complaints from cities about cumbersome reporting requirements, inadequate funding and unrealistic expectations about how quickly the money could be spent.

The 2017 federal budget doubled the amount of money the government plans to spend on the program over the next decade.

It targets local programs that help two groups: the chronically homeless, and those who repeatedly find themselves living on the street. Between 2014 and 2016, federally targeted spending helped put more than 6,000 people into stable housing, with 41 per cent of them still housed after one year, a recently released evaluation concluded.

The evaluation also raised concerns that funding allocations for cities hadn’t taken into account substantial demographic changes over the past few years, including the growth of cities out west.

In May, an advisory panel recommended widening the definition of homelessness to provide programs beyond those targeting the chronically and episodically homeless, and rework the homelessness strategy to better meet the needs of women fleeing domestic violence, LGBTQ youth, veterans, and Indigenous Peoples.

It also called for a firm deadline for eliminating homelessness in Canada.

The announcement Monday in Toronto will mark the latest piece of a national poverty-reduction strategy the Liberals have promised to deliver in its entirety by next year.

For Bourdain, food was a storytelling tool and a passport

Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press | posted Monday, Jun 11th, 2018

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Many people thought Anthony Bourdain had the most enviable career in existence. He didn’t deny it.

“I have the best job in the world,” the globe-trotting food-taster and culinary storyteller once told the New Yorker magazine, stating the rather obvious. “If I’m unhappy, it’s a failure of imagination.”

Bourdain’s stunned fans were mourning the loss of that singular imagination on Friday following his death from an apparent suicide, recalling everything from his fearless consumption of a beating cobra’s heart or a sheep testicle — “like any other testicle,” he remarked — to his outspoken support of the #MeToo movement, to his blissful paean to syrup-soaked pecan waffles at Waffle House.

“I want it all,” he wrote in his breakthrough 2000 memoir, Kitchen Confidential. “I want to try everything once.” And it seemed that he pretty much accomplished that, travelling the globe some 200 days a year for his TV shows, reveling not in fancy tasting menus — which he scorned — but in simple pleasures like a cold beer and spicy noodles in Hanoi, which he once shared with former President Barack Obama. For him, food, though a huge pleasure, was more importantly a storytelling tool, and a passport to the world at large.

It was a lifestyle that, while undeniably glamorous, took a toll, he suggested in a 2017 New Yorker profile. “I change location every two weeks,” he said. “I’m not going to remember your birthday. I’m not going to be there for the important moments in your life.”

Not surprisingly, it was on the road, in eastern France, that Bourdain, 61, was found unresponsive Friday morning by good friend and chef Eric Ripert. He’d been working on an episode for the 12th season of his CNN show, Parts Unknown. A prosecutor said he had apparently killed himself in a luxury hotel in the ancient village of Kaysersberg. He left behind an 11-year-old daughter, Ariane, from his second marriage. In a 2008 interview with The Associated Press, Bourdain had said his daughter’s birth had changed his outlook on life: “I feel obliged to at least do the best I can and not do anything really stupidly self-destructive if I can avoid it.”

At the time of his death, his girlfriend was Asia Argento, the Italian actress who has accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. In an essay written after fellow chef Mario Batali was accused of sexual assault, Bourdain wrote that “one must pick a side … I stand unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women.” Argento wrote on Twitter Friday that Bourdain “was my love, my rock, my protector.”

Traversing the globe meant visiting areas of conflict and also intense poverty, and Bourdain didn’t shy away from either. In No Reservations on the Travel Channel, he went to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2011, and reflected on his ambivalence at being there. “I’m there talking about local cuisine, and that means I’m shovelling food into my face … that a lot of those people can’t afford,” he said. And he described how his well-meaning efforts to feed locals around him led to chaos and “hungry kids being beaten with a stick.”

There was, of course, a more lighthearted side to his travels, including some wild and bizarre eating experiences. In Morocco, it was that roasted sheep’s testicle. In Canada, it was a raw seal’s eyeball. In Namibia, it was the wrong end of a warthog (he wound up with a parasite.) In Vietnam, it was the still-beating heart of a cobra that had just been sliced open.

Much closer to home — Bourdain lived in New York, when he wasn’t travelling — was a late-night visit to Waffle House in Charleston, South Carolina, described in poetic terms by Bourdain as “an irony-free zone where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts; where everybody regardless of race, creed, colour or degree of inebriation is welcomed.” Sampling the pecan waffle drowning in butter and maple syrup, he exclaimed, “This is BETTER than French Laundry, man,” referring to the Napa Valley temple of high cuisine.

That clip was being widely shared on Friday, and fans were also flocking to Amazon, where at mid-afternoon, four of the six top-selling books were by Bourdain. Kitchen Confidential was No. 1.

In that acclaimed book, Bourdain, who born in New York City and raised in Leonia, New Jersey, candidly described his personal struggles, including drug use that led to his dropping out of Vassar College.

But he thrived in restaurant kitchens, and that work led him to the Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated in 1978. He eventually became executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in 1998. In the preface to the latest edition of Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain wrote of his shock at the success of his book, which he managed to write by getting up at 5 a.m. before his kitchen shifts.

“The new celebrity chef culture is a remarkable and admittedly annoying phenomenon,” he wrote. “While it’s been nothing but good for business … few people are less suited to be suddenly thrown into the public eye than chefs.”

Fellow celebrity chefs didn’t always gain Bourdain’s respect or praise. Many earned his unfettered scorn. Among them: Alice Waters, whose insistence on organic food he once described as “very Khmer Rouge.” He called Sandra Lee “pure evil,” and worse. He called New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse “Ewok-like,” and Guy Fieri’s Times Square eatery, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, a “terror-dome.”

But Lagasse became his friend, and he tweeted Friday: “Tony was a great soul, a mentor, a friend, a father, and an incredible chef.” His friend Ripert, the famed chef of Le Bernardin, called him “an exceptional human being, so inspiring and generous, one of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many.” Saul Montiel, executive chef at the Mexican restaurant Cantina Roof Top in Manhattan, called Bourdain “one of the few chefs that valued the work of Latinos in the kitchen.”

Countless more wrote of their shock and sadness. Some noted that Bourdain’s death came just days after the suicide of fashion designer Kate Spade, also a great shock to those who knew her. Bourdain’s own mother, Gladys Bourdain, a longtime editor at The New York Times, said she had no indication that her son might have been thinking of suicide.

“He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this,” she told the Times. “He had everything. Success beyond his wildest dreams. Money beyond his wildest dreams.”

Anthony Bourdain has died, CNN reports

News Staff | posted Friday, Jun 8th, 2018

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Chef and Emmy-winning television host Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61, CNN reports.

Bourdain, who was the host of the network’s Parts Unknown, reportedly took his own life.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement on Friday.

“His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Ontario election: Ford motors PCs to majority, Liberals lose official party status

Michael Talbot | posted Friday, Jun 8th, 2018

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Doug Ford will be Ontario’s next premier, leading the Progressive Conservatives to a majority government in a stunning shift of power as the Liberals lost official party status on Thursday night.

A beaming Ford addressed his raucous supporters following his victory, saying he would get right to work to put more money in taxpayers’ pockets.

“We have taken back Ontario,” he said to chants of “Doug! Doug! Doug!”

“We have delivered a government that is for the people and will respect your hard earned tax dollars. And my friends, the party with your hard earned tax dollars is over. It’s done!”

“Tonight, we have sent a clear message to the world: Ontario is open for business.”

Ford’s opponents criticized him for not releasing a fully-costed platform, but Ontarians took a leap of faith, clearing the path for the first PC victory in Ontario since 1999.

Echoing U.S. president Donald Trump, Ford promised to usher in “an era of economic growth and prosperity the likes of which the province has never seen before.”

“My friends, a new day has dawned in Ontario,” he said, his voice quivering. “We are going to turn this province around so our children and their children will always be proud to call Ontario home.”

It was a disastrous night for the Ontario Liberals, who failed to secure the eight seats necessary to maintain official party status, falling one seat short. Several prominent cabinet ministers also lost their seats as voters punished the Liberals for a scandalous stretch that saw hydro bills soar.

Despite her party’s dismal results on Thursday, Wynne managed to win her seat in Don Valley West. But it was small consolation and a glum Wynne announced that she was stepping down as Liberal party Leader.

“I am resigning as the Leader of the Ontario Liberal party,” Wynne said, choking up. “I have spoken to the party president and asked him to start the process of choosing an interim leader. It is the right thing to do,” she added. “There is another generation and I am passing the torch to that generation.”

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After Wynne announced her resignation, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath celebrated a breakthrough night.

“I am deeply humbled that Ontarians have asked us to serve as the new Official Opposition,” she beamed to a cheering sea of orange.

“Today millions of people voted for change for the better. We have won more seats than we have held in a generation.”

Despite falling short after late polls showed her neck-and-neck with Ford, Horwath said she was pleased with the result and proud of the NDP party.

“We rejected the politics of fear and cynicism and we put hope and vision for a better future at the heart of our campaign … and Ontarians responded like never before!”

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Thursday’s resounding PC victory caps a more than month-long campaign that saw Ford’s focus shift from arch-rival Wynne — to Horwath, whose surging popularity became a serious threat down the stretch.

With Horwath often polling as the most popular of the main three party leaders, Ford began attacking her candidates, calling them “radicals” who were ill-prepared to form a competent cabinet.

Polls heading into the final stretch showed Ford and Horwath in a virtual dead heat while Wynne humbly admitted defeat, urging Ontarians to vote Liberal to prevent a Conservative or NDP majority.

It didn’t work as Ford’s populist message resonated with an electorate thirsty for change after a scandal-plagued 15-year Liberal reign.

It’s not the first time a Ford has catapulted from punchline to powerhouse.

Doug’s brother, the late Rob Ford, was widely dismissed when he announced he was running for mayor of Toronto in March 2010.

But the long-time city councillor’s promise to “stop the gravy train” and put an end to government misspending saw him elected with nearly 50 per cent of the vote.

Doug Ford didn’t stray far from his brother’s popular mantras. His campaign slogan was “For The People” and he promised to lower corporate and small business taxes, slice the gas tax by 10 cents, and cut dreaded hydro bills by 12 per cent while returning Hydro One dividends to families.

“I know that my brother Rob is looking down from heaven,” an emotional Ford said during his victory speech.

 

How Kathleen Wynne ran out of energy with Ontario voters

Michael Talbot | posted Friday, Jun 8th, 2018

Former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announces to supporters that she is stepping away from her Liberal seat during her election night party at York Mills Gallery on Thursday, June 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

From the gas plant scandal to soaring hydro bills, Kathleen Wynne’s tenure as premier was largely defined by energy. On election night, Ontarians emphatically pulled the plug.

Wynne’s Liberals were dramatically cast aside by voters on Thursday night, falling to a distant third place and losing official party status after 15 years in power. 

Shortly after Doug Ford’s beaming victory speech, Wynne tearfully announced that she was stepping down as party Leader, saying it was time to “pass the torch” to the next generation after her party’s dismal performance at the polls.

It was an ignominious fall from grace for Wynne, a pioneering politician who became the first female and openly gay premier when she was sworn in on February 11, 2013.

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The October 2012 resignation of Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty may have cleared the path for Wynne to become premier, but it was also a path littered with her predecessor’s past controversies.

McGuinty stepped down amid outcries from the Opposition over several scandals at Queen’s Park. Union activists and teachers were furious over having contracts imposed on them, the Ornge air ambulance spending scandal was making headlines, and the costly 2011 cancellations of two GTA power plants would prove to be a stubborn thorn in the party’s side for years to come.

Despite those significant obstacles, Wynne took on her new role as premier with great optimism.

“We are going to be very clear with the people of Ontario that we understand where there were missteps and where we need to go forward,” she said at the time.

But the past would prove difficult to erase, and the gas plant scandal that the auditor general determined cost taxpayers $1.1 billion continued to haunt her.

Under searing questioning Wynne apologized for the scandal on behalf of the party, but maintained that she had nothing to do with the cancellations, or the subsequent deletion of emails that sparked an OPP probe.

That didn’t stop PC Leader Tim Hudak from trying to implicate her leading up the 2014 election.

“This is more Kathleen Wynne’s scandal than [former premier] Dalton McGuinty’s now,” Hudak said. “She oversaw and possibly ordered the criminal destruction of documents to cover up the gas plant scandal.”

Wynne steadfastly maintained her innocence.

“These allegations and accusations are false and utterly unsupported, and you ought to know it,” Wynne wrote in an open letter to Hudak.

Wynne ended up launching a $2 million lawsuit against Hudak, and MPP Lisa MacLeod, for libel.

She would later drop the suit.

Despite the stench of scandal that had enveloped the Liberal party, Ontarians were still willing to give Wynne a chance, and on June 12, 2014, the Liberals went from a minority to majority government, with Wynne defeating the NDP’s Andrea Horwath and her rival Hudak, who foolishly vowed to eliminate 100,000 public service jobs if elected.

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McGuinty’s former chief of staff, David Livingstone, was ultimately found guilty on two criminal charges related to the destruction of documents in the gas plants case and sentenced to four months in prison. Neither McGuinty nor Wynne were implicated in the criminal probe.

It provided a sense of closure to an ugly stretch for the Ontario Liberal party.

But it wasn’t the end of Wynne’s struggle to earn the trust of voters.

While the gas plant scandal was largely an inherited one, she couldn’t pass the buck when it came to surging hydro bills.

Whether left, right, or somewhere in between, Ontarians of all political leanings had one thing in common under the Wynne government — their hydro bills went up.

A Fraser Institute study titled Evaluating Electricity Price Growth in Ontario found that hydro prices in the province were rising at rates that far outpaced other provinces. Between 2015 and 2016 they spiked by 15 per cent — more than two-and-a-half times the national average.

“The problem of skyrocketing electricity prices and high bills is a made-in-Ontario problem directly tied to the provincial government’s policy choices,” the report stated. “It is time for the Ontario government to have a hard look at how their policy choices are affecting peoples’ lives.”

Adding fuel to the collective ire was the Wynne government’s decision to partially privatize Hydro One to raise funds for transit and infrastructure.

It proved to be wildly unpopular with voters.

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“It was my mistake”

Facing mounting anger and province-wide frustration, a contrite Wynne addressed the issue of surging hydro bills in November 2016.

It was a rare admission of culpability from a politician, but it did little sway the electorate back in her favour.

“People have told me that they’ve had to choose between paying the electricity bill and buying food or paying rent,” Wynne said.

“That is unacceptable to me. It is unacceptable that people in Ontario are facing that choice. Our government made a mistake. It was my mistake.”

She also vowed to find savings for Ontarians beyond the plan to cut the eight per cent HST from hydro bills.

Plummeting popularity

A March 2017 Angus Reid poll saw Wynne’s approval rating dip to a disastrous 12 per cent. It cited hydro privatization as one of the main factors affecting her popularity.

According to the poll more than eight in 10 Ontarians said they were opposed to the sale of Hydro One, with 76 per cent saying they expected the decision would lead to even higher hydro rates in the future.

According to the pollster, Wynne was now the least popular premier in the entire country.

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During the 2018 campaign trail, Wynne tried her best to highlight her many accomplishments.

“We’ve made such progress over the last five years,” she said during a campaign stop in Toronto. “We have an economy that’s thriving, we have low unemployment rates, record lows.”

She also vowed to forge on despite several polls that showed her in a distant third place behind the PCs and NDP.

“Am I going to give up? Absolutely not,” she said. “This is way too important that we continue to talk at the doors across this province about what we have done and what we can do going forward.”

But there would be no going forward for Wynne and she conceded defeat less than a week before election night, urging Ontarians to vote Liberal to prevent an NDP or PC majority.

“After Thursday, I will no longer be Ontario’s Premier. And I’m okay with that,” an emotional Wynne said.

The damage was done, and her own words back in 2016 seemed to highlight the mortal political sin that would prove unforgivable to voters thirsting for change.

“Standing before you today, I take responsibility as leader for not paying close enough attention to some of the daily stresses in Ontarians’ lives.”

 

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