Here’s the situation: The Ontario election is just days away and you want to vote, but you don’t know who to vote for.
Let CBC News help you.
Here’s a look at some of our election coverage that highlights party differences – and we’ll even do our best to indicate how long it will take to read each story.
Oh, and if you’ve ever voted early or researched who you’ll be voting for on June 2, please consider sharing this story with someone you know who isn’t quite there.
To help! I didn’t follow Ontario politics at all
If you are starting from scratch and you have about 15 minutes, try the electoral compass.
The Civic Engagement Tool, created by Vox Pop Labs, asks you a series of questions (don’t worry if you can’t answer them all) and shows you where you stand against the four major parties — the progressives -Conservatives, New Democratic Party, Liberals and Green Party of Ontario.
No, Vote Compass does not tell you who to vote for. If you have more questions about the tool, go here.
I follow politics but I find it difficult to differentiate the parties
There are a lot of disputes during the election campaign. We understood.
It may seem like a duty — it’s a 15 minutes or more work, if you want to read carefully – but the best way to break down the differences between the parties is to review their platforms.
You can find all of these platforms (note: the PC platform is largely the budget they tabled at Queen’s Park but didn’t pass before they hit the campaign trail) in this story.
I don’t have time to read these platforms
Understood. We’ve attempted to break down the platforms on some key accessibility issues, knowing that this could be a priority for you during a campaign where we’re also seeing record inflation.
Most of these stories will take a few minutes to read. Here is where the main parties are located:
If you don’t see the topic you’re looking for in this list, you go back to the previous step, or you can search for other CBCNews.ca stories published by our Ontario newsrooms during the campaign.
WATCH | The grocery store in the Toronto neighborhood shows how prices are rising:
I prefer to vote for the party leader I prefer
Remember that you vote for your local MPP and not (in most cases) the leader of the party, so it’s worth reading about parties.
But if you want to know more about the leaders, CBC provincial affairs reporter Mike Crawley interviewed three of the top four political party leaders early in the campaign. PC chief Doug Ford turned down interview opportunities with CBC News.
Here are those interviews:
How do you know who wins and who loses?
Many Ontarians plan to vote strategically — especially in the final days before an election — but it can be difficult.
For an image of who is in front, you can use the CBC Poll Tracker, which is the average of a number of polls. (Spoiler alert: Ford’s PC Party held a solid lead throughout the campaign.)
The best polls are done at the provincial level, and constituency-level polls are generally less reliable.
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