09/27/2011 12:04 EDT | Updated 11/27/2011 05:12 EST

Ontario premier's sole debate day speech to crowd mostly too young to vote

TORONTO - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty took a break from campaigning ahead of tonight's debate to speak to a crowd mostly too young to vote.

A casually dressed McGuinty appeared at We Day at Toronto's Air Canada Centre where he spoke to about 18,000 high school students.

He told them to imagine a world without wars, poverty, famine or destruction of the environment.

The veteran politician's two-minute speech was sandwiched between 17-year-old pop star Nikki Yanokfsky and the boy band Neverest.

It was McGuinty's only appearance ahead of tonight's faceoff with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Conservative Leader Tim Hudak ahead of the Oct. 6 vote.

The other two leaders also had a light day — Hudak had no scheduled appearances, while Horwath visited a roller derby team and then had coffee with several female NDP candidates.