Wynne continues to campaign hard despite predicting loss in Ontario election

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Ontario Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne speaks during a campaign stop in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

There's one piece of news that really matters today: Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne has conceded defeat ahead of the election and is now asking voters to keep her party around as a check against whatever government comes next.

"If your concern is that you'd be electing me or electing a Liberal government, that's not going to happen", she said.

"[Kathleen Wynne's] chose to turn her attention to trying to keep power for herself in some way at Queen's Park", she said. Veteran journalist David Akin of Global News tweeted that Wynne's press conference was "just about the strangest thing I've seen in politics".

Earlier in the day in Toronto, an emotional Wynne admitted her party will lose the Ontario election next week, but urged voters to elect as many Liberals to prevent either of her rivals from forming a majority government.

She says she will keep campaigning up until Thursday and won't say if she will stay on a Liberal leader after the election.

Wynne's push for more Liberal votes won't mean a minority government, Horwath added, but instead help Ford capture a majority.

Nor would she comment on the possibility of strategic voting, a perennial issue in elections where voters appear to be clamouring for change.

The move did not sit well with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who accused Wynne of "playing a unsafe game" that could propel the Tories to a majority. Paul's, and her own riding of Don Valley West.

"We will fight for our values, for a practical approach and for a government that will be kept from extremes and forced toward a better balance for the people of this province". But the only way they can assure she is Premier, the only way progressive voters can stop Ford, is to vote NDP.

Ford had little to say about the announcement, noting only that the election is about change and people are fed up. Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia are already two party left/right political party provincial legislature, squeezing out the centrist cousins of the Ontario Liberal Party.

A senior campaign official said Wynne started thinking about the move after her hope for a bump in polling following the last debate didn't materialize and it became clear the Liberals couldn't win.

"People probably will look back in four years, and think "what have we done", says Hoggarth.

Lastman, who served as the high-profile Toronto mayor for two terms starting in 1998, said he trusts Ford to make life more affordable for average citizens and to return Ontario to its position as the economic powerhouse of Canada. "We will fix this".

On Saturday, Wynne, who has been premier since 2013, said she knows she won't win the June 7 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.

It's a decision all three Liberals say they hope voters aren't making lightly.

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