‘We have taken back Ontario’: Doug Ford leads PCs to majority government


    Led by Doug Ford, Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives have secured a majority government, CBC Information tasks, ending almost 15 years of Liberal energy within the province.

    Buoyed by Ford — a one-term Toronto metropolis councillor and businessman — the PCs ran a populist marketing campaign lengthy on commitments however quick on fiscal particulars, promising a tax lower for the center class and companies and a drastic discount within the value of hydro and gasoline.

    “My pals, this victory belongs to you. This victory belongs to the folks. And tonight, the folks of Ontario have spoken,” Ford stated in a victory speech to supporters at an occasion in Toronto. 

    Premier Kathleen Wynne introduced that she’s going to resign her publish as chief of the Liberal celebration successfully instantly. 

    Ford stated, “I promised to ship a robust, secure majority government and collectively we did that. Collectively we made historical past. We have taken back Ontario, we have delivered a government that’s for the folks.”

    Ford gained his seat in Etobicoke North, the symbolic heartland of “Ford Nation,” the catch-all time period for the unwavering, core supporters of late former mayor Rob Ford, Doug Ford’s brother.

    In his victory speech, Ford turned emotional as he thanked his brother.

    Ontario PC Chief Doug Ford celebrates his celebration’s election victory. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

    “I do know my brother Rob is wanting down from heaven. I am simply getting chills speaking about him proper now. I do know Rob is celebrating with us tonight. We owe a lot to Rob’s legacy,” Ford stated. 

    Whereas outcomes are nonetheless pouring in, the PCs have made vital features within the 905 area and the GTA, areas which can be vital to the political panorama in Ontario as a result of the variety of seats which can be concentrated inside them.

    “Tonight we have a despatched a transparent message to the world: Ontario is open for enterprise,” Ford stated. 

    As was anticipated, NDP Chief Andrea Horwath held onto her seat in Hamilton Centre, the place she has served as an MPP since 2004. Heading into election day, polls prompt that the NDP had a slim likelihood of eking out a win, however now it seems they are going to type the Official Opposition. 

    Whereas the surge in NDP help prompt by polls earlier than election day did not fairly materialize, the outcomes represented a marked turnaround for a celebration that has constantly discovered itself in third place since Bob Rae’s government was defeated in 1995. 

    Ontario PC Chief Doug Ford was simply elected in his driving of Etobicoke North. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

    The NDP gained all 4 seats that envelop Hamilton, they usually held on to all three seats that embody city Windsor. 

    In the meantime, in a historic first for Ontario, Inexperienced celebration Chief Mike Schreiner has gained a seat in Guelph. 

    Wynne, Ontario’s first feminine and brazenly LGBT premier, is locked in a decent battle for her driving of Don Valley West. The incumbent Liberals, who loved a majority since 2014, are hoping to keep away from electoral humiliation however seem on the verge of a shocking collapse. The celebration wants at the least eight seats to keep official celebration standing at Queen’s Park. 

    A number of Liberal cupboard ministers have misplaced their seats, together with Charles Sousa, Yasir Naqvi, Steven Del Duca and Glenn Thibeault.

    Final weekend, Wynne took the extraordinary step of admitting publicly that she wouldn’t be Ontario’s premier after the vote. Conceding defeat, she inspired voters to elect Liberals to guarantee the following government is saved “in examine.”

    The PCs’ election victory comes after a memorable and at-times vicious marketing campaign that proved tough for Ford and a few of his candidates. What started as a commanding lead in public opinion polls steadily narrowed over the month-long marketing campaign.

    NDP Chief Andrea Horwath was elected in Hamilton Centre, an space she has represented since 2004. (Chris Helgren/Reuters)

    Ford, unaccustomed to the scrutiny {that a} provincial marketing campaign attracts, confronted down a number of controversies and alleged scandals.

    Three days earlier than the election, the widow of his late brother, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, sued the Tory chief. The swimsuit claims Ford withheld cash from her and her two youngsters, and that Ford’s Toronto- and Chicago-based companies are bleeding cash.

    He was additionally the one celebration chief not to launch a completely costed platform through the marketing campaign. 

    Below Ford, the PCs recaptured the province they have not led since 2003, overcoming the failings of the previous three elections that noticed them unable to defeat the Liberals. In some instances these campaigns have been sunk earlier than they barely received off the bottom with guarantees to fund non secular colleges or lower 100,000 public sector jobs.

    Ford took the reins of the celebration lower than three months in the past, successful the management race on the third poll after former chief Patrick Brown abruptly resigned.

    A complete of 124 ridings have been contested on this election, with at the least 63 required to safe a majority government. 




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