Flyer depicting Ontario Tory leader as Joker ‘not acceptable’: Wynne

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With just a day left before Ontario voters head to the polls, accusations of dirty tricks are flying on the campaign trail.

A flyer depicts Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak laughing as he walks away from an exploding hospital.

The Progressive Conservatives were incensed about a Liberal flyer substituting Tory Leader Tim Hudak as the psychopathic Joker from the Batman movie “The Dark Knight.”

The flyer, which was distributed in a Liberal riding north of Toronto, depicts Hudak laughing as he walks away from an exploding hospital.

The question beneath the picture asks voters if they trust Hudak and the Ontario PCs with their future.

“I haven’t seen the piece of literature, but this kind of campaigning is not acceptable,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday during a stop at a Toronto elementary school.

“It’s not consistent with what we have been doing throughout this campaign.”

Steven Del Duca, who holds the riding of Vaughan, apologized to Hudak over Twitter, saying it “was a mistake for which I am sorry.”

Tensions are high as public opinion polls have suggested the Liberals and Tories were in a virtual tie just a few hours before voters were to start casting their ballots.

The Tories called the flyers “terrorist literature,” saying it’s fear-mongering at its worst to scare voters into voting Liberal.

Wynne is running a “campaign of fear,” Hudak said during a campaign stop in Mississauga, west of Toronto.

“I know that Kathleen Wynne began her day yesterday in a school, saying that our plan is going to hurt children, and she finished the day yesterday with an over-the-top flyer with me laughing in front of a hospital blowing up,” he said.

“That’s way across the line, and the Kathleen Wynne that I used to know would never have stooped to that kind of tactic to cling to power. When you go that far, when you go over the top that much just to hang on to your job, it’s time to pack it in — you’re no longer there for the public interest, you are there for yourself.”

Tory complaints that the Liberals were breaking the media blackout on partisan ads were met with outrage from the Liberal camp, which said it had run them by election officials in advance.

Organizations: Progressive Conservatives, Ontario PCs

Geographic location: Toronto, Mississauga

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