Wednesday, 20 February, 2019


Doug Ford's Ontario PCs To Form Majority Government

PC Leader Doug Ford NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Liberals Leader Kathleen Wynne. GETTY IMAGES PC Leader Doug Ford NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Liberals Leader Kathleen Wynne. GETTY IMAGES
Bennie Garza | 08 June, 2018, 23:35

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford capped an improbable rise to power Thursday, winning the Ontario election with a majority government and banishing Kathleen Wynne's Liberals into political oblivion after nearly 15 years in office.

If you live in Ontario, there's a Ford in your future.

"The people of Ontario gave me a new opportunity to make sure that their voices, their dreams, their hopes are being represented at Queen's Park and I'm looking forward to doing that", she said.

Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu says Ford's election victory is a wake-up call for the Trudeau Liberals to pay attention to public concerns over taxing carbon.

Under Ford, the Progressive Conservatives recaptured the province they have not led since 2003, overcoming the failings of the past three elections that saw them unable to defeat the Liberals.

Meanwhile, it was a stunning collapse for the Liberal party which held on to just seven seats.

Ford's decisive win ends 15 years of Liberal Party rule, and his majority government will be able to run the province without the support of another party.

Some of the deep clamour for change emerged simply from the fact that the Liberals had governed the province for 15 years - a lengthy stretch of time for any political party, said Cristine de Clercy, a political science professor at Western University in southern Ontario.

Campaign Life Coalition also committed itself to "realizing some of Ford's leadership campaign promises which included conscience protection legislation for medical practitioners, measures to protect free speech on campus and free votes on private members bills on social issues like parental consent for abortion".

Cheers and whoops erupted at Ford campaign headquarters when a TV station declared the PCs the victor with a landslide majority at 9:15 p.m. and the crowd watched a variety of well-known Liberals, including former cabinet ministers Steve Del Duca and Charles Sousa, suffer upsets.

She said she has spoken with Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford and congratulated him on his victory.

Wynne's low personal approval ratings helped drive the Liberals way down in the polls. "(She) capitalized well on the disapproval many Ontarians felt towards both (her rivals)".

The New Democrats, who had been neck and neck with the Tories in several polls before the election, will form the Official Opposition.

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has won in his riding in the west-Toronto suburb of Etobicoke North.

Horwath's campaign slogan was "Change for the better".

The Green Party of Ontario also achieved a milestone for their party by crowning its first MPP.

In her third campaign as leader, Horwath clung tight to the hard left.

Doug Ford's victory puts the Ontario Progressive Conservatives in power with a majority government, bringing a almost 15-year reign of Liberal power in the province to an end.

Led by Andrea Horwath, the NDP earned 34% of the vote.

"This is my chance to say thank you for allowing me to be premier, allowing me to connect with so many of you the last five years", she told supporters on Thursday night. There were media reports of problems with tabulating machines at a handful of polls.

A higher than predicted popular vote and new electronic vote counters - a first for Elections Ontario - made for a very quick result after voting ended at 9 p.m.

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