It’s day sixteen of the Ontario election and leaders the NDP and the Greens have tested positive for COVID-19. Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford and Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca have both tested negative today.
Horwath and Schreiner are now campaigning virtually, but it takes them off the campaign trail in person at pivotal moments.
Meanwhile, advance voting locations open today in Ontario. Voting day is officially set for June 2 but people can start casting ballots early as of today.
The advance voting period will run until May 28, with venues open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Here’s where the leaders of Ontario’s main political parties are today:
Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford
Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is scheduled to be in the Niagara Region with expected stops in Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
Andrea Horwath says she tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid test this morning.
Horwath says in a statement that she will have to make some adjustments, but will “continue to connect with people however I can.”
She was scheduled to visit northern Ontario today with a jobs announcement in Sault Ste. Marie before a planned afternoon visit with Indigenous leaders in Thunder Bay, but she will not be there as planned after testing positive for COVID-19 and will campaign virtually instead.
Horwath will miss a campaign tour with scheduled stops in several cities in northern Ontario in the coming days as the province’s current public health rules require that people isolate for five days after COVID-19 symptoms first appear or after a positive test result, whichever comes first.
“I am really regretful that that’s been turned around,” Horwath said over Zoom on Thursday morning.
“I feel like I have something. I feel like I have a bit of a bug, you know, headache and sore throat. Not really bad, though, I’ve been taking Tylenol, and that kind of takes the fever down. But I’m certainly not 100 per cent.”
Horwath said she will not return to the campaign trail in person until she returns negative tests for COVID-19. Current public health guidelines only require her to self-isolate for five days, but many people report testing positive for 10 days or more.
Horwath will now campaign remotely from a hotel in Ottawa.
Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca
Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca will be in Mississauga for an announcement on affordability, followed by a town hall and will meet with small business owners. In the afternoon, he will meet with small business owners. Later, he will be in Ottawa for a meet and greet with supporters.
Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner
Schreiner was unclear on how long he would stay in isolation, only saying he would campaign remotely “as long as I need to, to make sure we prioritize health and safety.”
“I’m confident that we’ll be able to continue campaigning, and building on the momentum we have,” he said over Zoom.
Schreiner will makes an announcement on protecting water and building a livable future for Ontarians this morning.
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