Leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, Doug Ford, continues to say that help is on the way.

Ford was joined by PC nominee for the Kenora Rainy-River District, Greg Rickford, and Lac Seul First Nation Chief and Tory nominee for the Kiiwetinoong Riding, Clifford Bull, as the three met with potential constituents in Kenora yesterday.

The three spent the day addressing mayors and councillors from across the region at the annual convention for the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association in Kenora, as well celebrating the opening of Rickford’s campaign office in downtown Kenora.

Premier Kathleen Wynne will be joined by her cabinet ministers today in Kenora. Andrea Horwath of the NDP is also set to address mayors and councillors.

“As you’ve seen over the last 15 years, the Liberal government has destroyed this government community by community, city by city, right across this province. They are done on June 7. We will blaze a new trail of prosperity that this province has never seen before. We will create opportunities. We will create jobs and careers for people to stay in their communities,” Ford said, in his address to the public.

“In Toronto, we live in a bubble. We have no idea about all of the great people in the north. How they contribute to our economy. Everyone here is so down to earth, some really great people. We will make sure that you have a voice in Queen’s Park. I will continue to visit the north frequently, no matter if it is the summer or the winter,” Ford added.

Ford addressed party faithful in Kenora earlier this month, after a tour of the city's main street. Ford noted that he toured Kenora Forest Products yesterday, and said that he was beyond impressed.

The visit comes as a new poll suggests the governing Liberals have gained a bit of ground on the Tories, especially in the Toronto area. However, Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford is still the clear leader. Horwath was still running third, according to the Mainstreet Research survey.

Polls taken taken in February -- when there was considerable turbulence about the Conservative leadership -- showed an opportunity for the Liberals. However, surveys taken over the last six weeks have shown Tories on the verge of a majority government with 40 to 50 per cent of votes. The governing Liberals have ranged between 24 per cent and 34 per cent, putting them on the cusp of losing their first election since 2003.

Andrea Horwath and the NDP have varied from 16 per cent to 28 per cent, as she moves to present herself and her party as the best alternative to a Ford government. Greens remain in the four or five per cent range.

Election day is set for June 7.

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