POLITICS
09/21/2011 04:00 EDT | Updated 11/20/2011 05:12 EST

Leaders stump from Belleville to Hamilton on Day 15 of Ontario election campaign

TORONTO - After Tuesday's excitement at the International Plowing Match, the three party leaders have lighter campaign schedules today.

Premier Dalton McGuinty visits the Kellogg plant in Belleville and makes a campaign announcement in Georgetown before delivering an evening speech to the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce in Toronto.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has a morning media availability in Brampton and a candidate event in Toronto on his schedule.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is in Toronto for a morning campaign announcement and attends the taping of the Hamilton Centre all-candidates debate in the evening.

Nurses in Toronto say it's time to shift the focus of the provincial election to health care.

Members of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario are holding an all-candidates debate on Thursday saying health care isn't getting the attention it deserves in the campaign.

The association says voters deserve to hear more details about what each party is proposing to improve the Ontario's health-care system.

Rather than simply studying democracy, school are helping students experience it first hand.

Half of all schools in Ontario are now registered for Student Vote's non-partisan parallel election program.

Student Vote is working with Elections Ontario to conduct a province-wide parallel election for students in elementary, middle and secondary schools.

Students will conduct a vote on the official candidates running in their local electoral districts on Oct. 4 and 5.

On the campaign trail Tuesday, the Liberals lashed out at the NDP over blog comments made by a Niagara-area New Democrat candidate.

The Liberals demanded Horwath dump Anthony Marco.

The Liberals singled out a portion where Marco suggests he can't condemn Nazi politics and thinks that those who devote themselves to fighting Nazis are "pretty messed up."

The NDP later released a statement from Marco, saying any suggestion he would excuse or downplay the "heinous" crimes of the Nazis is offensive.

Hudak, meanwhile, attacked the Liberals, saying union bosses, aided and abetted by the Liberal government, are getting in the way of apprenticeship positions and job creation.

Hudak promised a Conservative government would reduce the ratio of journeymen to apprentices to one-to-one, down from four-to-one.

Hudak said union rules that limit the number of potential apprenticeships are a throwback to the 1970s and need to be brought into the 21st century.

McGuinty raised the spectre of a Tory trifecta and said it would be disastrous for health-care and other public services in Ontario.

McGuinty said he's worried about the repercussions of having Conservatives at three levels of government.

"They're not the PCs of Bill Davis, the guys that built up the college system... those guys are gone. These guys will attack our public services," McGuinty said.