Provincial politicians head on the campaign trail

Provincial politicians officially hit the campaign trail Wednesday ahead of the June 12th election.

Lawn signs are going up and candidates like Liberal Ottawa South MPP John Fraser are door knocking this week.

Fraser told CFRA he's running for the same reasons he did during the by-election to replace former Premier Dalton McGuinty last August.

"As a politician you need to focus on those things that you know are important to families, so the things that concern families are jobs for young people," he said. "People want to know 'is my son or daughter going to be able to get the start in life that I did and have a family? Is there going to be good school? Is there going to be the health care there when I need it if my mum or dad needs home care?'"

He said what Ontarians need is a fair, practical and balanced approach to the things that are most important to families and that his party is able to provide that.

In Nepean-Carleton, Progressive Conservative candidate Lisa MacLeod already had around 1,000 lawn signs up Monday.

She told CRAY her riding shares its #1 issue with the rest of the province.

"The high price of hydro bills and the waste and the mismanagement at Hydro One and OPG [Ontario Power Generation] and of course the Green Energy Act that is driving up the cost of bills," she said. "We're spending about $20-billion on contracts for only 1 per cent of power, so just to put that in perspective that's about 20 times the two gas plant scandals."

The PC party has been ready for an election for some time, but MacLeod said she is not concerned with the polls.

"Who I am paying attention to are the voters, the people that I talk to right across the City of Ottawa and the rest of Ontario and again that loud message of 'enough is enough, we can't afford our hydro bills' is resonating."

She said Ontarians want change and her party is willing to provide that.

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