An emotional Kathleen Wynne admitted Saturday that her governing Liberals will lose the Ontario election on Thursday.
Local Liberal Candidate Jaclynne Hamel spoke to SaultOnline about her thoughts on the matter. She started by commending Wynne for acknowledging such a difficult realization.
“It’s something that is difficult, you know. That’s a tough acknowledgment to make – that she won’t be premier after June 7th and then another party will likely form government,” she said. “I think that the Liberal government has done a lot of really good work for not only the province, but this community.”
She said she’s going to continue focusing on the riding she’s running for and continue working hard for the people of Sault Ste. Marie.
“That’s my direction right now. I’m not thinking of this any differently; I’ve always been in this to fight for this community, and I still see that fight, I’m still fighting,” she explained.
“What I’m hearing on the street is that a lot of people are worried about the other leaders in this campaign. People are worried about Doug Ford’s conservatives, or the NDP forming a majority government, so the more Ontario Liberals that we send to Queen’s Park, the better,” she continued. “We’re able to keep that government in check. Because I am hearing those concerns, that’s energizing me, that’s keeping me going because I think that I’d be a good progressive representative for the city, that people need, and I’m able to go down there and keep a government in check. Especially when I’m hearing that people are concerned about those leaderships.”
Hamel said that, despite what Wynne announced, she isn’t discouraged.
“When I got into this race, I did it primarily for this community and that’s where this fight is,” she said. “For me right now, it’s always been about the people of Sault Ste. Marie. Not only just being an option for people, but fighting to be that option – I think that’s important, and I’ve stressed from the beginning of this campaign to the middle of this campaign, and I’m saying it as we’re going into the final stretch – I’m here fighting for that vote, I’m here to fight for the people of Sault Ste. Marie, and I’m not at all discouraged by yesterday’s news at all.”
Yesterday, Kathleen Wynne conceded that she will not be Premier after June 7. I have been asked what this means for me, and I want to be clear: my campaign does not change. Neither does the choice that voters are faced with.
I decided to run because of a true commitment to Sault Ste. Marie. My vision for this community is based on the Liberal values of fairness, equity, and opportunity. I entered this race because I believe that when we have Liberal representation, we have progress.
Today, I am running because I do not want Doug Ford to be my Premier. Like many people I’ve talked to in Sault Ste. Marie, I have been alarmed by the things he has said, the candidates he has endorsed, and the threats he has made of cutting government services. When we go into the voting booth on June 7, we have a choice: to support Doug Ford’s ideals, or to elect progressive representation.
Ultimately, this campaign has and continues to be about the people of Sault Ste. Marie and providing the best representation for them. As we approach Election Day, I will continue to focus on the things that you have told me are important to you. I continue to fight because I believe in this community, and I do not trust that we will thrive under Doug Ford’s leadership.