Ontario leaders to hold first of three debates ahead of June election

The three major-party candidates for premier of Ontario will face off in person tonight during the first debate ahead of the June provincial election.  

Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will all attend the live debate in Toronto.   

The race officially begins on Wednesday, although the three main parties have been unofficially campaigning for weeks.   

Experts say the debate is likely to be a showdown between Wynne, who has been premier since 2013, and Ford, who was elected PC leader in March.  

University of Toronto professor Nelson Wiseman says debating two seasoned politicians like Wynne and Horwath will provide new challenges for Ford, who is a former Toronto city councillor.  

Horwath has led the NDP since 2009, and is trying to move it out of third-party status by promising free child care for low-income families and full dental coverage for all Ontarians