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New ad promotes Ontario PCs as party of hope

Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak speaks at a campaign event in Toronto on May 16.

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Ontario's Progressive Conservatives unveiled a new online ad Saturday that they say showcases them as the party with a message of hope.

The clip has party leader Tim Hudak saying he's asking Ontarians to opt for progress over problems.

"I will not ask the people of this province to vote against the other leaders, but to vote for a plan for a better Ontario," Hudak can be heard saying on the 40-second clip as music plays in the background.

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The ad was introduced by deputy party leader Christine Elliott at the Abilities Centre in Whitby, where a visitation was held last month for her late husband, former finance minister Jim Flaherty.

Elliott said the Tories want to have "a debate about ideas," while Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne has spent the campaign "angry, negative and lashing out at others."

"We don't want to be attacking other people personally," said Elliott, taking a jab at a Liberal ad released last weekend in which Wynne asked if NDP leader Andrea Horwath was "for real."

"We have a plan that is both fiscally responsible and socially responsible. And we want to have an opportunity to showcase it to people," said Elliott. "That's why we're focusing on a hopeful vision forward, not looking back and attacking other people."

Hudak has spent a fair amount of time on the campaign trail digging into Wynne and the Liberal government. As well, the Progressive Conservatives still have at least two ads from late last year available online that are highly critical Wynne.

On Saturday afternoon, during a short speech to supporters at an outdoor lunch in Toronto's west-end, Hudak took another jab at the premier by linking her once again with her scandal-plagued predecessor.

"Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne will increase your taxes. They've done it before...not us," Hudak said.

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"In this campaign the Liberals are going negative, we've seen that. In this campaign you'll see a PC party not saying what's wrong with the other guys, what's wrong with their party — we're going to be talking about what's right with our plan, our vision for Ontario."

The PC's new ad is only available online due to a political advertising blackout for traditional media, which will end May 21.

Ontario goes to the polls on June 12.

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