Ontario election campaign gets underway as leaders hit the trail

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Ontario's election campaign is set to officially kick off today, after the lieutenant-governor accepted Premier Doug Ford's advice to dissolve provincial parliament.

Voting day is set for June 2nd.

Ontario politicians have already been unofficially campaigning for weeks, with two out of the three major parties having released their platforms.

Ford says people will have "a very clear choice'' on June 2nd -- to move backward, or to choose progress.

Polls at this point suggest Ford's Progressive Conservatives are poised for re-election, with the third-place Liberals potentially overtaking the N-D-P to form the official Opposition.

N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath maintains her party is the best bet for defeating Ford's Progressive Conservatives.

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca says Ford and Horwath "seem to be on the same page,'' with both directing attacks at him.

Elections Ontario is encouraging residents to vote early this year in the hopes of thinning polling station crowds amid the pandemic.