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Doug Ford says he'll release fully costed platform before the election

Doug Ford says he'll release fully costed platform before the election

Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford denied paying for party memberships during a campaign stop in Tillsonburg.

Ford was not leader of the party at the time, but was supporting a former staffer in his late brother Rob Ford's administration at Toronto City Hall who was running for a Tory nomination.

The Liberals added fuel to the fire by playing audio at a news conference Thursday that the party says is a recording of Ford and Surma talking to people at a coffee shop in October 2016.

Progressive Conservative party memberships cost $10 per year and the individual signing up must pay for it.

His rivals claim Ford may have violated election rules. Ford is accused of buying memberships to help the preferred candidate win the tory nomination.

Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne is to make an announcement in Toronto this morning, then head to Sudbury, Ont., for an event at a distillery, and meet with supporters this evening in Thunder Bay, Ont.

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He said he supported Martino in her campaign and made a donation to it.

"This campaign is about change for the better, it's about a future in Ontario where people can start building a better life again", Horwath said at a stop in east-end Toronto.

Ford stuck to his usual talking points, slamming the Liberals and the NDP and promising to reduce hydro rates, which got the loudest cheers from the crowd.

"The whole issue of the concerns around breaches of a process that should be fair and should be open and democratic worries me", Wynne said.

For her part, a campaigning Horwath said people are becoming excited by the fact they don't have to settle for either of the two parties that have led the province since 1995, when voters tossed out the governing New Democrats under Bob Rae in favour of the Progressive Conservatives under Mike Harris, who was in turn shown the door in 2003 by the Dalton McGuinty Liberals. He made those comments after a Tory candidate resigned following accusations he was involved in an alleged theft of customer data at a toll highway operator.

On Thursday afternoon, PC Leader Ford tweeted out a video in which McCallion said he was the right leader to "bring Ontario back to its status as the leading province in Canada".