Populist Doug Ford set to win Ontario polls, promises prosperity

Howard TerryJun 11, 2018

"Ontarians have chosen to elect a majority government led by the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party", said Justin Trudeau.

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.

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. The majority of Liberal party MPPs were voted out after 15 years in power - Liberals only won seven seats. Wynne, the first female premier and first openly gay premier the province has had, said she would resign as leader of the Liberal party.

Ontario's Conservatives, led by Ford, won 76 of the 124 seats in the province, with 99% of the polls reporting.

The California Voter Federation did not support the Voters Choice Act when it went through the state Legislature, but Alexander likes some of the changes, including the fact all voters get a ballot sent to their home.

Even when Brown got the boot over sexual misconduct allegations, replaced with the far more polarizing Ford who quickly rejected large swaths of Brown's centrist platform, Wynne was unable to move her polling numbers.

"We have already hit the ground running", Ford said. The faith of Ford Nation may have helped propel the PCs to victory, but the party must remember that they are not all of Ontario.

"If they (the Conservatives) manage to have a plan to bring the budget back into line, it should be good for the province", Hosen Marjaee, senior managing director, Canadian fixed income at Manulife Asset Management, said before the election results.

However, Horwath's campaign also played into Ford's hands.

But any election has more losers than winners, and last night was no exception.

Ontario's new premier is undecided over whether he will attend Toronto's annual Pride parade later this month - and has previously said it is an event where men run down the street "buck naked".

She said, "Please know, that every day I have been your premier or your MPP, I have worked to think about your needs".

"I'm getting chills just talking about him right now".

Recognized parties are entitled to speak during debates and are guaranteed the opportunity to pose questions during question period.

Charles McVety's Facebook post on Doug Ford's win. He has spoken about his family on the campaign trail and launched his bid for the Tory leadership from his mother's basement in west Toronto. "I know my brother Rob is looking down from heaven".

Ontario's new premier has previously voiced support for Donald Trump, but has dismissed direct comparisons to the U.S. president. Rob Ford died of cancer in March 2016. Drive-by-Dropoff of VBM ballots is available at the Monterey Street side of the San Luis Obispo office at 1055 Monterey Street on Election Day. Each time Wynne's image came up onto the screen the crowd booed.

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

She was gracious in defeat. Jim Bradley, who had held the riding of St. Catharines for the Liberals for 41 years, was also defeated. Her resignation as Liberal leader was not unexpected. Ontario's debt has ballooned under the Liberal Party, soaring to 37 per cent of gross domestic product, from about 27 per cent when they took power in 2003.

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