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Kathleen Wynne concedes she will not be Ontario's Premier after June 7

04 June 2018

As for regrets, Wynne said: "I wish I could have figured out how to make it clearer to people that I do care, that I want their lives to be better - because I think part of the antipathy, part of the reason that people don't like me - those who don't like me - is that they don't know that I actually do care about them".

"I can hold my head high because I've done what I have believed at every turn is in the best interest of the people of this province", she said.

Wynne said she made Saturday's announcement because it would free up voters to think strategically, riding by riding.

"The more Liberal MPPs that we send to Queen's Park on June 7th, the less likely it becomes that either Doug Ford or the NDP will be able to form a majority government".

Global reported that PC leader Doug Ford "had little to say in response to Wynne's announcement" while campaigning in Nepean yesterday.

"By voting Liberal you can keep the next government, Conservative or NDP, from acting too extreme", she said.

The premier - tears streaming down her face and her voice breaking up at times - appealed to voters to set aside their feelings about her and support Liberal candidates so that they can keep the next government in check.

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The decision was a hard one to make, she said, but seemed to be the only solution in an election where voters appear set on a new government but reluctant to fully hand over the reins to either of her rivals.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath speaks as she greets senior citizen homeowners at a campaign event in Mississauga, Ont., on Saturday, June 2, 2018. But as the polls painted an increasingly grim picture, she was forced to come to terms with her own waning popularity.

"You're not getting rid of me, I'm going to be campaigning really hard right through until that last vote is cast because those local fights are really, really important", she said. "Let's not go from bad to worse". The misunderstanding or the deliberate twisting of what's happening here is this: "I have said that the position that the NDP has put forward on back-to-work legislation as an example that demonstrates that there is a rigidity of ideas, a rigidity of thought that is unsafe is what I am objecting to".

Liberals say that now their focus is on trying to maintain official party status in the legislature, which requires at least eight seats. "But, a Liberal vote can keep Doug Ford or the NDP from forming a majority", the ad states. "Andrea is the kind of leader we need and the NDP's plan will make Ontario a stronger province", said Warren. "We will fix this".

With her party trailing behind the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats in the polls, an emotional Kathleen Wynne admitted that Ontarians want change and that she will no longer be Premier after this election.

By taking the blame, Wynne could be saving some of her key candidates who otherwise might have been tarnished by public opinion of her, Small said. Then as the NDP surged ahead in the polls, the Liberals turned more of their fire power on the New Democrats.

It's unclear if Wynne will step down as leader of the Liberal party after the election that is just five days away.

Kathleen Wynne concedes she will not be Ontario's Premier after June 7