Ford victory sets Trudeau Liberals on 'collision course' with Ontario; McKay

Elias Hubbard
June 8, 2018

He has also said that he wants to find a way to lower the price of paying for gas by 10 cents per litre.

Some of the deep clamour for change emerged simply from the fact that the Liberals had governed the province for 15 years - a lengthy stretch of time for any political party, said Cristine de Clercy, a political science professor at Western University in southern Ontario.

A longtime Liberal member of Parliament says Doug Ford's Conservative election victory in Ontario puts the Trudeau government on a "collision course" with the province in the battle over climate change.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath whose party will serve in Official Opposition spoke after Ford.

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

The Progressive Conservatives elected four MPPs in the Ottawa area.

- Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) June 8, 2018 a climate denier is elected premier of Canada's largest province. hard to believe. now municipalities must flex their #ClimateAction muscle if Ontario is to do its share of GHG reductions. Ford denied both allegations. "We must do our due diligence to make sure everything is right".

Ford's Progressive Conservatives were poised to win about 74 of Ontario's 124 districts in Thursday's election, according to unofficial results and projections from three television networks.

But Ford's campaign certainly wasn't immune to controversy.

Ford was frequently accused during the election campaign of failing to be transparent by dodging calls to release a fully costed platform.

It's a stunning victory for the party led by Doug Ford, whose campaign was heavy on populist promises but light on fiscal details.

"A new day has dawned in Ontario: a day of opportunity, a day of prosperity and a day of growth", Ford said after taking the stage at his party's headquarters.

Only after that was done, she said, would an NDP government move to balance the province's red-inked books by taxing the well-off. "Unlike other leaders who often sweep into office with their party caucus behind him, he didn't".

Blunt and combative with the media, Ford has drawn comparisons with U.S. President Donald Trump, although he has tried to appeal to voters in the immigrant communities that sway elections in many Toronto suburbs. He has spoken about his family on the campaign trail and launched his bid for the Tory leadership from his mother's basement in west Toronto. He was a de facto deputy to his late brother, Mayor Rob Ford, who became notorious in 2013 when he admitted to smoking crack cocaine while in office.

"I know that my brother Rob is looking down from Heaven", Doug said to roaring cheers. "We have taken back Ontario, we have delivered a government that is for the people".

The Canadian Press is projecting a Progressive Conservative majority government in Ontario. Each time Wynne's image came up onto the screen the crowd booed.

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.

Almost every Liberal cabinet minister was defeated, including Yasir Naqvi, Charles Sousa, Glenn Thibeault, Steven Del Duca, Kevin Flynn, Eleanor McMahon and Chris Ballard.

Horwath was a city councillor in the steel industry city of Hamilton before becoming the first woman to lead her party.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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