09/10/2011 02:12 EDT | Updated 11/10/2011 05:12 EST

THE HOUSE: Layton's effect on Ontario campaign

Dalton McGuinty is trying to win a third term in the premier’s office as Ontarians go to the polls Oct. 6, and he’s using a familiar soundbite.

Can Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak or the NDP's Andrea Horwath successfully unseat him on their first try? A leader fighting his or her first election hasn’t taken Queen’s Park since 1985 — when they were all neophytes.

And what role will the death last month of respected federal NDP Leader Jack Layton have on the campaign?

CBC’s Queen’s Park reporter Mike Crawley was on the Liberal bus as McGuinty toured the province earlier in the week. He spoke to host Susan Lunn on CBC Radio’s The House.