Tory nominee Greg Rickford doesn't think the premier's concession speech over the weekend has helped the Liberal campaign.

"It's a highly unusual, and I think risky tactic," he said yesterday. "It's probably a measure of desperation."

Voting day is set for Thursday, and polls are showing a two-way race between Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats. Some surveys have suggested the governing Liberals are trying to save party status, which would be eight seats.

"I would agree with the proposition the Liberal Party is probably finding it tough on the doorstep and folks are considering their other choices and their other options," Rickford continued.

Key issues this spring have been easing the cost of living for families, especially hydro bills, providing good medical care and care for seniors have also been important.

"For my part, we're striking an important balance between the two. Respecing taxpayers dollars but protecting frontline workers: our teachers, our doctors, our nurses," Rickford noted.

The former federal cabinet minister is looking to be the first Conservative in the area since Leo Benier a generation ago.

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