Doug Ford's Ontario PCs To Form Majority Government

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 9, 2018

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 worldwide headlines after he admitted to smoking crack cocaine.

Ontario PC leader Doug Ford greets supporters after winning a majority government in the Ontario Provincial election in Toronto, on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Ford described his platform as "modest" but it includes several large commitments that Ontarians might notice once implemented, including a 20% middle class tax cut, a corporate tax cut, booze in corner stores, 10 cents off a litre of gasoline, thousands of new long-term care beds and possibly private sales of cannabis. But what will those 4 years look like under PC leader Doug Ford? Officially, the NDP gained official Opposition status, while the Liberals fell one seat short of official party status.

She said the election result shows that "our democracy is strong" and congratulated Ford.

"Over the next few days and couple of weeks - I figured the transition will take 21 days - and we'll be able to answer that as we move forward", he said. "We have taken back Ontario, we have delivered a government that is for the people".

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

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was also pressed on the issue, and would only say that the decision was Ford's to make.

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.

In some ways, Ford's win echoes the rise of populism in countries such as Poland, Hungary and Italy, said Ian Lee, a professor at Carleton University.

The Tory majority could play in the party's favour if the new government proves ineffective or starts making mistakes, he added.

Over in Guelph, Mike Schreiner became the first Green Party candidate elected in Ontario. Kathleen Wynne won her seat but resigned as party leader after nearly the entire cabinet lost.

After first refusing the request, McGuinty gave in to pressure from the NDP (and warnings from his own Liberal caucus that the shoe might one day be on the other foot): the third party would be recognized during the daily question period and, importantly, sit on committees, plus get enough money to hire a small research and PR staff.

"We are proud that our measured and principled approach to modernization made voting even easier for many electors across the province while maintaining the integrity and security of our elections", said Ontario's chief electoral officer Greg Essensa.

Wynne has declined to say whether she'll stay on as party leader, but many expect her to step down. The Liberals will have three MPPs at Queen's Park representing Ottawa, while the NDP holds one riding.

Voter turnout clocked in at 58 per cent - up from about 51 per cent in the last election in 2014. By the same token, it may be a sign of things to come for the Quebec Liberals. Yet Horwath quickly dismissed the notion, noting dryly that voters had given her Liberal rivals precisely seven seats, so that was that.

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