Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives win majority government

Lester Mason
June 9, 2018

"I'll sit down with our new cabinet and with the minister of education, discuss that with them", he told reporters the day after his victory.

Voters in Ontario have returned the Progressive Conservative Party to power after 15 years of Liberal rule in the province.

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".

For Horwath it would certainly have been her last election as leader had she landed in third place yet again. The NDP will now be the largest opposition party, with about 40 seats. He will lead a majority government.

"I'm very grateful to the people of Ontario", Ford said as he left his mother's house Thursday evening on his way to PC election headquarters at the Toronto Congress Centre.

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

Wynne's low personal approval ratings helped drive the Liberals way down in the polls.

Liberal heavyweights like Finance Minister Charles Sousa, Labour Minister Kevin Flynn, Environment Minister Chris Ballard, Health Minister Helena Jaczek and Economic Development Minister Stephen Del Duca all went down to defeat.

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. Wynne, 65, stepped down as party leader.

"On behalf of City Council and the citizens of Greater Sudbury, I want to thank all candidates for their hard work and commitment throughout the campaign to the Province of Ontario and to Greater Sudbury", Bigger's statement read.

In Ottawa Centre, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi lost his seat, finishing second to New Democrat Joel Harden.

But, with just a week to go she took the incredibly rare step of conceding that she hadn't a chance of winning government, and then began urging voters to keep the Liberals alive so they could hold an NDP or PC government in check.

We saw that during the campaign that culminated on Thursday with a Progressive Conservative government.

Just over half of Ontarians went to the polls over the last two weeks to decide who would take over as premier, making it the highest voter turnout in nearly a decade.

In a research note, BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic said a rough estimate based on campaign promises suggests the province's budget could be in the C$5 billion to C$6 billion range for fiscal 2020-2021, excluding "efficiencies" Ford promised to find without cutting jobs.

It really was Doug Ford's race to lose.

"You believed climate change was real and that people cause it, so you better listen to the Green Party from Guelph about how we solve the climate crisis", Schreiner told a cheering crowd in his riding.

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