Analysis: Ont. Liberals hope for byelection snow blowout

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne tours the expansion of Airbus Helicopters in Fort Erie on February...

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne tours the expansion of Airbus Helicopters in Fort Erie on February 4, 2014. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

Christina Blizzard, Queen's Park Columnist

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

TORONTO -- The wintry blast that hammered southern Ontario this week raises questions about the Niagara Falls and Thornhill byelections slated for Feb. 13.

Will another storm blow through that day, making driving difficult -- especially in Niagara, where rural voters may have trouble getting to the polls?

This, of course, is what the Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne is hoping for.

Hold a byelection in the middle of a snowy February and hope no one can get out to register how unhappy they are with this government that's spent like fools.

The Liberals have a tough task in Niagara.

Kim Craitor, the former Liberal MPP who triggered the byelection when he resigned in September, was personally very popular in the riding. Over the past decade, he was vocal in his dislike of the Dalton McGuinty government, opposing them on issues such as the implementation of the HST.

Since his shocking resignation, he's stayed out of the byelection.

Niagara Falls Councillor Joyce Morocco is carrying the banner for the Liberals.

Judging by their ads, this battle is between the Tories and the NDP.

Regional Councillor Bart Maves, who represented the riding during the Mike Harris years, is running for the Tories. Wayne Gates is the NDP candidate.

They've been trading a war of words, with the Tories releasing an ad Wednesday in which they report Gates saying he'd like to see the CAW union take over the NDP.

Polls have become notoriously unreliable of late.


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