Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Thirteenth NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Thirteenth NewsWatch-

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(Ont-Liberals-AGM) (Audio: 073)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne gave a campaign-style speech to Liberal delegates at their last annual general meeting before the June election.

Wynne spoke of the difficult road to re-election ahead.

Down in the polls and approval ratings, she told party volunteers they need to work hard.

She also told delegates not to focus on their uncertain opponent, but on the principles they're fighting for.

The Conservatives are holding a rushed leadership contest after Patrick Brown's sudden resignation due to sexual assault allegations. (13)


(Doug-Ford-Campaign) (Audio: 081)

Ford Nation was out in force for the first major event of Doug Ford's campaign to lead the Ontario Conservative Party.

Ford -- the brother of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford -- is pledging to keep taxes low, try to attract more business and refuse to implement a carbon tax.

The carbon tax promise is out of line with the official P-C platform, which is to ''opt in to the federal carbon price backstop.''

He also urged supporters to sign up for party memberships ahead of the March leadership vote. (13)



A former cabinet minister has won the leadership of the B-C Liberals.

Andrew Wilkinson edged out former Conservative M-P Dianne Watts, with Wilkinson taking just over 53 per cent of the vote, while Watts had just under 47 per cent.

Wilkinson made an immediate appeal to his caucus colleagues to help him expand and broaden the party's membership.

He replaces Christy Clark, who resigned after the New Democrats and the Green party formed a minority government last summer, ending the Liberals 16 years in power. (13)



A prominent Nova Scotia mayor has declared his intention to lead the provincial Tories.

Cecil Clarke says he's the kind of experienced politician who could foster the kind of ''grassroots'' engagement it would take to win the leadership race -- and eventually oust the province's Liberal government. …

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