TORONTO - Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath take their campaigns to southwestern Ontario today.
Day 7 of the campaign for the Oct. 6 vote will see Hudak making stops in London and Chatham before going to an evening event at the Lions Community Hall in Kingsville.
Horwath has stops planned in the Windsor-area community of Oldcastle and Chatham before ending the day at a Essex Kent barbecue.
Premier Dalton McGuinty has two campaign stops in Toronto and will speak at his nomination rally in Ottawa South this evening.
On the campaign trail Monday, Hudak said his Tories have an economic plan that can withstand another recession.
But Hudak wasn't giving out any details about where a Progressive Conservative government would make cuts if the province were to head into the red once again.
The Tories have pledged to protect health and education while cutting government spending.
Critics fear that means Hudak will impose massive cuts similar to those made by former Tory premier Mike Harris if they get into office, and argue his vague promises cannot be trusted.
The Liberals maintain there is a $14-billion gap in the Tory platform that would force the party to slash public services or raise taxes — a message McGuinty continued to hammer away at.
McGuinty also found himself defending his ban on junk food in schools and allowing schools to raise money.
McGuinty said Monday he won't forbid fundraising if he's re-elected Oct. 6, but will keep the ban on junk food.
McGuinty said his government has brought in new fundraising guidelines for schools to ensure transparency about what's appropriate and inappropriate.
Horwath kicked off Week 2 of the campaign by taking her tour buses to the Rogers Centre to announce the NDP would scrap plans to let corporations get an HST exemption from entertainment expenses.
The NDP plan to block the HST exemption for entertainment-related expenses would apply to corporations with revenues of $10 million and to financial institutions, but not to small and medium-sized businesses.
Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner announced his party's plan for a green building program.
A green building program would reduce energy bills and create thousands of jobs in the construction and trades sector in communities across the province, Schreiner said.
The program would provide $1.6 billion in refundable tax credits for homeowners, tenants and businesses over four years to invest in energy efficiency and building retrofits.