Ford PCs Take Majority Government in Ontario Elections

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Wynne has led her Liberals from government to third-party status - indeed, the Grits are now sitting at seven MPPs, one fewer than is required for recognized-party status.

In Toronto, Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne managed to hang on to her seat in Don Valley West by a razor-thin margin of less than 200 votes. Technically speaking, the party's constitution requires that NDP members vote on whether she should stay on as party leader at their next general convention, but it's hard to imagine Horwath going anywhere until after the next election, given last night's success.

"When I get elected we'll sit down and we'll make that decision", said Progressive Conservative leader at a campaign meeting in Sault Ste Marie, Not, reports HuffPost. If (United Conservative Party Leader) Jason Kenney wins in Alberta, forget about carbon pricing in Alberta.

The victor -Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives- was quickly projected in the 2018 Ontario election and it's all thanks to technology.

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

Ford, whose favourite campaign slogan was "Help in on the way", tells the cheering crowd "Help is here".

Even Tanya Granic Allen, who Ford kicked out as a PC candidate this election for anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim comments, appeared to be praising the PC win. Despite her loss, she remains the only woman to have served as Ontario premier and the first openly gay person to have served as a premier in Canada.

Many of her cabinet ministers have been defeated. Most of the Grit MPPs left standing, shell-shocked as they may be, were recruited during Wynne's tenure - and they still feel substantial personal loyalty to and fondness for her, and agree with her vision of the party.

Ontario is rated Aa2 at Moody's Investors Service, A+ at Standard & Poor's and AA- at Fitch Ratings, with the first rating company having a negative outlook on the province's debt, while the other are two stable.

The Conservatives have 76 seats, the NDP 40, the Liberals 7 and the Green party 1.

Put it another way: intentionally or not, voters managed to send to Queen's Park a Liberal caucus that represents a continuation of at least part of Wynne's leadership - not a wholesale repudiation of it.

The Canadian Press is projecting a Progressive Conservative majority government in Ontario. 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.

The New Democrats, who had been neck and neck with the Tories in several polls before the election, will form the Official Opposition.

Unofficial results now indicate that 58 per cent of eligible voters in the province cast their ballot, including those who voted by mail, at returning offices, in hospital, through home visit, during advance voting and on election day.

"A pro-business, tax cut-wielding provincial government may be just what Ontario needs to bolster relative competitiveness and extend the life of its economic expansion", Warren Lovely, managing director and head of public sector strategy at National Bank Financial, said in a note.

Charles McVety's Facebook post on Doug Ford's win.

Ford claims he will reduce taxes and keep more money in everyone's pockets.

Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner has won his bid to become the first Green to hold a seat in the province's legislature.

Andrea Horwath has handily won in her Hamilton-Centre riding, which she has held since 2004.

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford repeatedly slammed Horwath's roster of candidates as radical and inexperienced.

Horwath's campaign slogan was "Change for the better".

The governing Liberals, who have been in power for the past 15 years, are fighting for survival following Premier Kathleen Wynne's stunning admission of defeat last week. Current rules dictate that a party needs to have a minimum of eight elected members in order to qualify as an officially recognized party in the legislature.

The province used new technology in this election, and problems with some of the electronic vote tabulators caused delays in a few polling stations.

"No surprise in Ontario election results".

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