BREAKING: Doug Ford's Ontario PC Party Wins Election, Forms Majority Government
After months of polling, campaigning, mini scandals and sniping back and forth between political parties, Ontarians have finally passed their judgment on this provincial election campaign....and the province has gone blue.
Doug Ford's Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party, who last won an election in 1999, has been elected or leading in about 71 ridings as of this writing at 10 p.m. The NDP, who surged during the campaign to tie the PCs in the popular vote, are elected or leading in about 40 ridings.
The governing Liberals, who ruled the province for the last 15 years, are currently struggling to have enough seats to get official party status (a party needs 8 seats for said status), while a small sliver of history was being made out in Guelph, where voters elected the first Green MPP to the Ontario Legislature, the party’s leader Mike Schreiner.
In another piece of unique history, this will be the first time in the modern era where a party leader ascended to the premiership with the least amount of political experience possible.
While he was a former Toronto city councillor for one term, Ford has never held a seat at Queen's Park, let alone served in the Legislature; indeed one of the questions he struggled to answer was how a bill becomes a law during one press conference.
However, Ford can count on at least having a strong team of PC candidates elected that could form a relatively stable core of a cabinet. Candidates such as former leadership rival Christine Elliot, Vic Fedeli (the current PC interim leader), finance critic Lisa MacLeod, and veteran MPP Ted Arnott carrying their ridings with relative ease.
In Halton Region, three previous sitting members who are cabinet ministers (Kevin Flynn in Oakville, Eleanor McMahon in Burlington and Indira Naidoo-Harris in Milton) all went down in defeat at the hands of the Tories, while the new riding of Oakville North-Burlington also went blue.
Ford will now be faced with the task of governing the second largest economy in Canada, after the federal government itself, as well as keeping his promises of $1 beers, 10 per cent cut in gasoline taxes, cutting hydro bills, and ‘creating jobs’ and ‘stimulating the economy’ as he often repeated on the campaign trail.
For full Ontario election results, check the Elections Ontario website for province-wide and individual riding numbers.