Ontario voters cast ballots after roller-coaster election campaign


    Voters in Ontario will elect a brand new authorities tonight after a campaign that has pitted Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives in opposition to Andrea Horwath’s NDP amid controversy and unstable swings in public opinion polls.

    The roughly 7,200 polling locations will probably be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, with outcomes anticipated to begin pouring in quickly after they shut. Learn how to observe, hear and browse CBC Information protection right here.

    Heading into in the present day, CBC’s Ballot Tracker means that regardless of a tumultuous a number of weeks for Ford on the campaign path, the PCs may very well be set for a majority authorities. There are 124 ridings being contested this yr, up from 107 in 2014, that means 63 seats are required for a majority. 

    If advance polls are any indication, turnout may very well be greater this yr than in 2014, when solely 51.three per cent of registered voters cast a poll. Based on Elections Ontario, some 768,895 individuals have already voted, a 19 per cent enhance over the earlier election. 

    The NDP started the campaign firmly within the third spot, however has practically erased a PC lead that when stood at greater than 20 factors. The surge in help is unprecedented, some pollsters mentioned, in a province that hasn’t elected an NDP authorities since former chief Bob Rae secured a shock victory in 1990.

    Throughout her final day on the campaign path, NDP Chief Andrea Horwath mentioned the Liberals have given up. She additionally warned {that a} PC authorities would reduce 1000’s of public service jobs. (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press)

    Whether or not Ford or Horwath turns into premier, Ontario seems set for important change. The Ontario Liberals, who’ve held onto energy for practically 15 years and loved a majority since 2014, may very well be left with solely a handful of seats.

    When the legislature was dissolved, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals held 55 seats. However the Liberal chief had record-low approval scores, and her campaign has been unable to show the tide. The Liberals are actually desperately attempting to safe at the least eight seats, the minimal quantity required to retain official social gathering standing

    The governing social gathering’s model has turn into so poisonous that a few of its candidates have opted to make use of campaign literature and indicators that don’t prominently show the standard Liberal pink or the social gathering’s brand. 

    PC Chief Doug Ford began the campaign with a double-digit lead within the polls. Whereas that benefit has largely disappeared, Ford says he is assured his Tories will safe a majority. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

    In a transfer final weekend that shocked even seasoned political observers, Wynne candidly acknowledged she wouldn’t be the province’s premier come June eight and pleaded with voters to elect Liberals to make sure “checks and balances” on a majority PC or NDP authorities.

    In the meantime, Inexperienced Celebration Chief Mike Schreiner might make historical past, as he’s at the moment projected by a number of polling companies to win a seat in Guelph. It might be the primary for the Greens at Queen’s Park. 

    In the course of the four-week campaign, which included three televised debates, the leaders have travelled round the province. On the eve of the election, although, Wynne, Horwath and Ford all made stops within the suburban Toronto 905 area. That was not a coincidence, because the area is important to electoral victory. Dwelling to 47 of Ontario’s 124 seats, it would probably determine whether or not the subsequent authorities is a majority. 

    Liberal Chief Kathleen Wynne faces a possible political disaster in the present day. Her social gathering is desperately attempting to safe at the least eight seats at Queen’s Park, the minimal essential to retain official social gathering standing. (TIjana Martin/Canadian Press)

    The PCs are poised to complete strongly within the 905, however varied scandals following Ford and a few of his candidates on the campaign path have helped put some key ridings into competition. Most just lately, it was revealed that the widow of Ford’s brother, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, is suing the Tory chief, alleging that he has withheld thousands and thousands of {dollars} from her and her two kids. Ford has denied the allegations and vowed to battle them in courtroom. 

    When the campaign formally started on Could 9, the Liberal and PC struggle rooms regarded able to do battle, every laser-focused on the rival chief. However as Liberal help evaporated and Wynne’s message of “care over cuts” floundered, the PCs and NDP turned their fireplace on one another. 

    Ford ceaselessly calls the NDP slate “too radical” to be entrusted with authorities, drawing consideration to activist candidates inside its ranks. For her half, Horwath — who has led the NDP in two earlier elections — warns voters that Ford’s pledge to scale back spending by at the least $6 billion over a number of years inevitably means main cuts to public companies. 

    Ford is the one chief of a serious social gathering who didn’t launch a totally costed platform, regardless of repeated guarantees relationship again to March that he would. 




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