Doug Ford leads PCs to majority government

  • Doug Ford leads PCs to majority government

Doug Ford leads PCs to majority government

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

For Horwath it would certainly have been her last election as leader had she landed in third place yet again.

The Progressive Conservatives elected four MPPs in the Ottawa area.

The Progressive Conservatives won 76 ridings, while the NDP got 40.

Even Tanya Granic Allen, who Ford kicked out as a PC candidate this election for anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim comments, appeared to be praising the PC win.

"I also thank [previous Ontario premier] Kathleen Wynne for her years of service as Premier".

Wynne admitted last weekend that her party would lose the election, but urged voters to elect enough Liberals to prevent the other parties from winning a majority government.

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

Almost every Liberal cabinet minister was defeated, including Yasir Naqvi, Charles Sousa, Glenn Thibeault, Steven Del Duca, Kevin Flynn, Eleanor McMahon and Chris Ballard.

Speaking to supporters Monday night, Wynne said she will be stepping down as leader of her party.

Couillard stressed that he will not let political differences between the Liberals and Conservatives get in the way of the two leaders working together. Jim Bradley, who had held the riding of St. Catharines for the Liberals for 41 years, was also defeated.

Nevertheless, it was a dizzying six months for Ontario's Progressive Conservative party and many inside and outside the the party wondered if they could recover from the setbacks.

Voter turnout was up significantly, to 58 per cent from about 51 per cent in the 2014 election.

"A pro-business, tax cut-wielding provincial government may be just what Ontario needs to bolster relative competitiveness and extend the life of its economic expansion", Warren Lovely, managing director and head of public sector strategy at National Bank Financial, said in a note.

Like his brother Rob, known around the world for his admission of crack cocaine use while running Canada's largest city, Doug Ford has a combative, anti-establishment, not-fussed-with-policy approach that evokes comparisons to Trump.

An often controversial figure, Ford served on Toronto's city council along with his late brother, Rob Ford, the former mayor of Toronto who made global headlines after he admitted to smoking crack cocaine.

Ford campaigned on a populist message of cutting taxes, lowering hydro rates and the price of gas, and putting more money into people's pockets.

Ford has not released a fully costed platform, which could have reassured investors that Ontario's deficit would not worsen and that the supply of bonds would slow.

The NDP leader has consistently polled as the most popular of the three party leaders vying to become the next premier of Ontario.

Doug Ford was widely criticized for a failed campaign to scrap a long-planned redevelopment on the city's waterfront, proposing a huge ferris wheel, a new mall and a monorail.

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

They will need at least eight seats to retain official party status.

However, Horwath had her own challenges when it was revealed that her election platform was improperly costed, several of her candidates had an online history of freakish and offensive rants and some of her proposals like a Sanctuary Province would cause administrative and financing headaches.

As a result, Elections Ontario has extended voting hours in seven locations.