Ontario’s new premier isn’t sure if he’ll go to Toronto Pride

Blanche Robertson
June 9, 2018

Charles McVety, the president of Canada Christian College and an outspoken opponent of the sex-ed curriculum, commented on the Ford victory in a Facebook post.

Ford also rolled out several pledges designed with populist appeal in mind, from cutting gas prices by 10 cents a litre to introducing buck-a-beer and cutting hydro bills.

He says the Conservatives will turn the province around, adding it is a day of prosperity and opportunity.

Kathleen Wynne, who stepped down as Liberal leader after the party's dramatic downfall, said she hopes premier-designate Doug Ford will change the rules to grant the designation, which now requires eight seats in the legislature.

Schreiner won his seat in Guelph, making him the first Green MPP in the province's history.

The Progressive Conservatives won 76 ridings, while the NDP got 40.

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"I think it's important", she said. "We are reborn and now we have some hope at the provincial level".

Ontario PC leader Doug Ford wins a majority government.

But Ford's campaign certainly wasn't immune to controversy. To date there have been no details on how his government will pay for his campaign promises or what he considers government "inefficiencies".

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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.

At a press conference on Friday, Ford offered little detail on his priorities, but said his government would hire an auditor to look over the province's books. "I have been able to work with so many wonderful people".

"Doug Ford's plan is billions in cuts that will directly hit the poor, mental health and social services, doctors, nurses, and teachers, social workers, women's legal clinics".

He was first thrust into the national spotlight because of his defences of his scandal-plagued brother, whose admission of using crack cocaine made global headlines.

"We need to reconnect with each other now that the election is over and with our communities and use that same capacity that we have had for many, many years to rebuild", she said.

"I know... I know that tonight is not the result we were looking for and no one feels that more sharply than I do. And let's face it, for a lot of people who live outside of the core of Toronto, getting to work is one of their biggest expenses, and to tax that into oblivion was not the right policy for a huge swath of Ontario voters". "We have won more seats than we have held in a generation". Each time Wynne's image came up onto the screen the crowd booed.

The Canadian dollar was little changed after the vote, hovering near $1.2980 per USA dollar in thin Asian trading.

Just over half of Ontarians went to the polls over the last two weeks to decide who would take over as premier, making it the highest voter turnout in nearly a decade. The Liberals will have three MPPs at Queen's Park representing Ottawa, while the NDP holds one riding.

To set the tone for his government Kate Harrison, a Conservative strategist with Summa Strategies, said she expects Ford to appoint a smaller cabinet than Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne's 28-person executive council. Yet Horwath quickly dismissed the notion, noting dryly that voters had given her Liberal rivals precisely seven seats, so that was that.

Former Liberal cabinet minister John Milloy, now a professor of public ethics at Wilfrid Laurier University, said the last thing the party should do is rush to select a permanent leader. Shortly after the results were announced, Wynne stepped down as party leader.

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