Doug Ford thanks people of Ontario for majority government

Doug Ford thanks people of Ontario for majority government

Ontario PC leader Doug Ford looks up and acknowledges his late brother Rob Ford after winning the Ontario Provincial election to become the new premier in Toronto, on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

The loss of that status is "one more indignity" to the Liberals as they try to rebuild following a devastating defeat that propelled the Progressive Conservatives to power for the first time in 15 years and elevated the New Democrats to the official Opposition, said Jonathan Malloy, a political science professor at Carleton University. 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. "I believe in the market dictating", he said in the interview.

Doug Ford promised to fix Ontario. Already, Ford has taken the first step, assembling a transition team that combines close allies (advisors Dean French and Simone Daniels) with experienced politicians (former provincial and federal cabinet minister John Baird), party operatives (Baird's former Baird chief of staff Chris Froggatt), and policy minds (hospital CEO and long-time Tory Reuben Devlin, lobbyist Mike Coates).

"My friends, together in 88 short days we achieved the impossible", Ford said.

Ontario's lieutenant-governor met with Ford on Friday afternoon, inviting him to form government. "The people gave the Liberals seven seats, that's what they have in the legislature and that's what they're going to have to deal with", she said. Christine Elliott, a relative moderate and former deputy leader who narrowly lost the party's leadership to Ford earlier this year, won her seat in the Toronto suburbs.

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.

While it might just be an oversight on his part, he did take the time to tweet out a congratulations to Doug Ford on his win. I wouldn't be running today if it wasn't for her &what she's built in this province. In the 2014 election, 173,072 votes were reported from 1,388 schools. The party eventually published a list of promises and their price tags, but didn't indicate how they would pay for them, what size of deficits they would run or for exactly how long. Ford also supported doing away with the Liberal Party's sex-ed curriculum, safe injection sites and protest-free zones outside of abortion clinics.

"We're not. Going. To cry", said Wynne.

"For this year we've had 45,000 voters return a ballot at a drop box", Jarboe said. "We want to make sure over the next four years that our mandate gets fulfilled based on the people voting us in".

"Clearly Doug Ford has connected with millions of people across this province", said Wynne. Canada has countered with a plan to impose tariffs of its own on USA metals and other consumer goods.

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

"I think its important", she said. "United we stand as a country and I'll work hand in hand with the prime minister".

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.

"Knowing where Kathleen Wynne was polling, they should have pulled her out of the public eye, they shouldn't have had her so front and centre, they should have featured other candidates and their policies and let her speak in the debates where she's strong", she said.

Speaking to supporters gathered at the Tory campaign headquarters, Ford says under his government, Ontario will enter a previously unseen period of economic prosperity.