Progressive Conservative Party (PC) leader Doug Ford stopped in Bracebridge to promote the party’s candidate in Parry Sound-Muskoka, Graydon Smith.
“You couldn’t ask for a louder voice than Graydon Smith,” Ford said.
The couple, along with staff members, spent a few minutes calling potential voters asking for their support ahead of the June 2 election.
“Graydon is going to win this constituency,” he said. “He is here, his family is here, representing the people for decades and decades. He did a great job as mayor [of Bracebridge].”
Ford promised he would not ignore the North if re-elected, and as part of that, said his party would continue to push forward its affordable housing plan.
“People want to own their homes,” he said. Ford said his party’s plan to build 1.5 million new homes over the next decade will be done in collaboration with municipalities across the province with whom he says PCs have a “phenomenal relationship.”
Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner was in Bracebridge Last week with his party’s candidate, Matt Richter, to tout the party’s affordable housing plan. Schreiner said they would build 1,000 new affordable rental units in Parry Sound-Muskoka if elected next month.
The New Democrats (NDP), represented by Erin Horvath in our riding, have a plan similar to that of the Conservatives: they commit to building 1.5 million homes over the next 10 years, of which 250,000 will be classified as affordable housing, 60,000 as supportive housing, as well as the repair of 260,000 social housing already built.
The Liberals, who have no candidate in Parry Sound-Muskoka, have pledged to restore rent control — a promise shared by the NDP — as a way to limit annual rent increases during a fixed-rate lease.
Ford also explained why some PC candidates, including Smith, were ignored in local debates. “There will be candidates who want to do the debate, and others who don’t,” he said.
The comment comes after Liberal candidate for Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte Jeff Lehman accused some Conservative candidates of skipping local debates. He said it was bad for Ontario and our democracy. Lehman issued a challenge to PC candidates who skipped the debates to show up at future debates and answer questions from the audience.
Smith attended one of three debates held for Parry Sound-Muskoka.
Ford said no candidate was ordered not to attend the debates. However, he added that he values the door knocking that candidates and their teams have done.
“We’re going to make sure the economy is strong and people have jobs,” Ford said.