Watson congratulates Ford and new PC Government

11 June, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Kathleen Wynne Doug Ford Andrea Horwath Mike Schreiner

"People are really getting the hang of this vote-by-mail system", said Sacramento County's Interim Registrar of Voters Alice Jarboe.

For a few short weeks, Andrea Horwath appeared tantalizingly close to the Ontario premier's office - a prize that proved elusive once again on Thursday for the veteran politician who has led the provincial New Democrats for nearly a decade.

The Progressive Conservatives elected four MPPs in the Ottawa area.

"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.

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.

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

Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault, a New Democrat turned Liberal, lost to the NDP's Jamie West in the Sudbury riding.

Ford's election comes two years after the passing of his brother, Rob Ford, who served as mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014.

Ford positioned himself during the campaign as a defender of "the little guy", promising to lower taxes, cut hydro rates and eliminate the province's cap-and-trade-system. He dismissed allegations that he was involved in selling bogus Progressive Conservative party memberships, a candidate was dropped following accusations he was involved in an alleged theft of customer data at a toll highway operator, and Ford was frequently accused of failing to be transparent by dodging calls to release a fully costed platform.

The last few days of Ford's campaign were dominated by news of a lawsuit against him from Rob Ford's widow alleging mismanagement of the family business.

Being a recognized party in the legislature allows parties to have an office for their leader and access resources such as research assistance, but the threshold required for the designation can be changed by legislators, as has been in the past.

Doug Ford was elected premier of Canada's most populated province earlier today.

She said she had stayed focused on her campaign throughout and was looking forward to leading the official Opposition.

Premier Notley issued congratulations on Twitter, saying "Congratulations to the next Premier of Ontario".

Tim Hudak, chief executive officer of the Ontario Real Estate Association and a former Ontario PC leader, said he believes the new government will use its considerable leverage to urge municipalities to expand infrastructure - sewer, water, transit and roads, for example - to undeveloped land and approve more projects for construction.

Even so, Doug Ford's disrupter philosophy will send aftershocks far beyond Ontario.

It's unlikely the NDP would support loosening the rules around party status considering they were denied a similar reprieve under the Liberals in 2003, Malloy said. "With the highest percentage of eligible Californians registered and ready to vote in a gubernatorial primary in decades, it should be a great day for democracy".

Pundits said the NDP leader had tapped into the prevailing mood with a mostly sure-footed folksy pitch.

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



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