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PC Leader Doug Ford NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Liberals Leader Kathleen Wynne. GETTY IMAGES

PC Leader Doug Ford NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Liberals Leader Kathleen Wynne. GETTY IMAGES

Media reports indicate she urged Ontario voters to vote for Liberal candidates and to try to prevent either the NDPs or Conservatives from winning a majority government.

Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford speaks at a campaign event in Sault Ste.

Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford says his alternative climate change policy for Ontario as part of a sharply reduced environmental budget includes a focus on clean water and air and a heavy hand on polluters but not a price on emissions.

Wynne said she made Saturday's announcement because it would free up voters to think strategically, riding by riding. "And her request today for a minority government is a demand that she be allowed to continue to hold the power at Queen's Park - something voters have already rejected".

"We need to do everything to make sure we get at least eight seats in the we can be in a position again to be a moderating influence on the other two parties", he said.

The Liberals under Wynne won a majority in 2014.

Doug Ford is applying for the job of Premier of Ontario, but yesterday team Ford revealed they won't share any details of what he would actually do as Premier.

"When you're being bullied you have to stand up to the bully", she said.

And that's why a vote for the Liberal Party can mean so much. Wynne's own riding was not one the Liberal source listed.

Wynne told reporters she is "150 per cent committed" to Trudeau's response.

"It's a realization that the Kathleen Wynne brand might be more detrimental than the Liberal party brand", she said. "That's the reality of the role premier (and) we can not let ideology get in our way".

"They're for the working people". Wynne, however, said she'd still be on the campaign trail advocating for candidates in local elections "through until that last vote is cast". "She put aside her own personal interests for the good of the people of Ontario".

The move could nonetheless backfire and endanger the very seats Wynne is trying to protect by suggesting that a vote for the Liberals is a wasted vote, said David Coletto, CEO of the polling firm Abacus Data.

When it came to accessing talent, the Liberals have promised $132 million over the next three years to creating more postsecondary STEM programming, while the NDP promises to create 27,000 new co-ops and internships and redistribute $57 million from the Jobs and Prosperity Fund for opportunities in trade.

In a remarkable twist, just five days before the provincial election on June 7, the leader of the governing Liberal Party has essentially conceded the election, saying in a press conference acknowledging that "I will not be the premier after June 7th".

At this point Liberals have to ask themselves: do I ever bother voting for my party if my leader has basically given up the fight?

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