In Their Own Words - Ontario Leaders Debate

TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ -

McGuinty Won:

  • "Ontario Debate Viewers Say McGuinty Wins Debate" -Ipsos Reid flash poll, September 27, 2011
  • "The overall effect, I think, was to put McGuinty's vision in the centre of the table and suggest that the election is basically a referendum on that. Neither other leader on the stage has one as thorough and far-sighted." - David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen, September 28, 2011
  • "Dalton McGuinty gave a largely solid performance. His experience showed." - Joanne Chianello, Ottawa Citizen, September 28, 2011

Hudak Lost:

  • "[Hudak] failed to seal the deal by offering a convincing vision of how he would do things differently." -Toronto Sun Editorial, September 28, 2011
  • "We all commented about Tim Hudak when we were watching the debate that he had sort of that George Bush look to him, where the camera would catch him and I won't say a dumb look on his face, like George W. Bush had, but it was definitely sort of a puzzled, kind of quizzical look where he didn't seem like he was fully into what was going on." -Ric Phillips, President of 3V Communications, CFRB, September 27, 2011
  • "I thought [Hudak] missed the opportunity to show a boldness of vision and a higher view... he was talking about any kid running a lemonade stand, while the premier was talking about what Asian investors are going to say if we scrap Samsung. It's just like two different planets they are on." -Jim Coyle, The Agenda on TVO, September 27, 2011

Horwath Lost:

  • "[Horwath] definitely appeared to be the most awkward out of the three.  She was fidgeting more." - Ric Phillips, President of 3V Communications, CFRB, September 27, 2011
  • "I'm not sure [Horwath] was applying to be premier, though." - David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen, September 28, 2011
  • "She may be the leader you'd most like to invite 'round for a barbeque but the suspicion is that she couldn't operate a spoon." -John Ivison, National Post, September 28, 2011

Hudak = Horwath:

  • "Hudak and Horwath were at their best playing the role of prosecutor, which is a key qualification for being an opposition leader." -Martin Regg-Cohn, Toronto Star, September 28, 2011
  • "Horwath and Hudak frequently agreed with one another." -Rob Benzie, Toronto Star, September 28, 2011

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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