Today's stop will be his first visit to
a Catholic school during the current campaign, and Mr. McGuinty
is expected to defend "the public education system we have
inherited," according to those inside the campaign.
With a debate scheduled for Thursday
night, and the party leaders crossing paths at a plowing match
in Crosby, Ont., tomorrow, the tone of the election has shifted
gears in its second week.
The opening days of the campaign saw
each party introduce its platform, with leaders crisscrossing
the province to promote everything from hydrogen-powered trains
to an increased minimum wage.
This week, they are more likely to be
taking shots at each other's promises than making many of their
"We're anticipating very personal and
negative attacks," a senior Liberal said.
At an event yesterday in Etobicoke,
Ont., PC candidate Tim Hudak introduced the Dalton McGuinty 'I
Need That Money Machine,' a campaign gimmick that will tour the
province this week.
"It's about time Ontario had a premier
who respects the money of hard-working Ontario voters," said Mr.
Hudak as a costumed PC youth member pretended to scramble for
loose bills. "It's time for a premier who keeps his word."
Today, Mr. Tory will be in Ottawa, where
he will begin a week dedicated to highlighting "the impact of
Dalton McGuinty's broken promises," according to a campaign
Howard Hampton, leader of the provincial
NDP, will be in the greater Toronto area today.
Yesterday's PC event took aim at a
comment Mr. McGuinty made at a Sept. 7 campaign stop, when asked
about his promise to review the 2004 health tax.
"His response was, 'I need that money,'
'' Mr. Hudak said. "I would like to remind Dalton McGuinty that
that money is not his."
Mr. McGuinty chose a day of relative
quiet on the provincial election campaign trail yesterday to
send a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to
give Ontario more seats in the House of Commons to better
reflect the province's swelling population.
The Liberal Leader first broached the
subject in June, but decided to renew his request for at least
10 more seats after hearing Mr. Harper's speech to Australia's
Parliament last week.
Mr. McGuinty is reportedly preparing to
take the brunt of the attacks during this week's debate. Mr.
Tory has had the benefit of doing numerous debates during his
failed Toronto mayoral campaign, while the politically
experienced Mr. Hampton is known to come out swinging in such
"Tory is a skilled debater, and Hampton
has won in the past just by being loud and belligerent," a
Liberal insider said. "If Dalton's standing at the end of the
debate, then we've accomplished our goal."
With a report from Canadian Press