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Dalton McGuinty’s gas plant legacy hurting Kathleen Wynne, poll suggests

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s honeymoon is ending thanks in part to her controversial predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, a new poll suggests.

Robert Benzie — Toronto Star — June 28, 2013

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s honeymoon is ending thanks in part to her controversial predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, a new poll suggests.

Wynne’s Liberals have slipped behind the Progressive Conservatives, led by Tim Hudak.

The Tories are at 35 per cent to the Grits’ 33 per cent, ahead of the New Democrats, led by Andrea Horwath, at 24 per cent, and Mike Schreiner’s Greens at 8 per cent.

Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said McGuinty’s shadow appears to loom over Wynne.

“I don’t think he’s been helping her, that’s for sure,” Bozinoff said Thursday.

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“She can’t shake that baggage,” he said, adding Conservative attack ads tying Wynne to McGuinty are clearly having an impact.

The TV commercials link the two Liberal leaders by highlighting how the governing party spent at least $585 million to scrap gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga to win five local seats in the 2011 election.

“The Liberals have just got to get the gas plants behind them,” said Bozinoff.

Forum used interactive voice response phone calls to poll 1,037 Ontarians on Wednesday. Results are considered accurate to within three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The pollster also asked how McGuinty would be remembered.

About a third — 32 per cent — said it would be as “one of Ontario’s worst premiers.”  Continue reading, here….

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