Premier Kathleen Wynne stepped down as party leader after the Progressive Conservatives won a majority. "I always believe in third party validation". Many of Ford's campaign promises aimed to make life in Ontario more affordable - slashing income taxes and gasoline prices, while vowing to increase spending on health care and public transit. 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, help is here", Premier-Elect Doug Ford told a jubilant crowd at the Toronto Convention Centre.
Voter turnout was up significantly, to 58 per cent from about 51 per cent in the 2014 election.
Wynne admitted last weekend that her party would lose the election, but urged voters to elect enough Liberals to prevent the other parties from winning a majority government. Party leader Andrea Horwath said Friday that Ontarians have chosen her New Democrats to keep Ford accountable. It can also lead down the rabbit hole of intolerance, an outcome Ford needs to avoid at all costs I. As pluralist a province as Ontario. Once county elections officials complete the regular voter registration verification process, your ballot will be processed and your vote will be counted. Ford also supported doing away with the Liberal Party's sex-ed curriculum, safe injection sites and protest-free zones outside of abortion clinics. "Immediately we'll be looking for an auditing firm to go in and look line-by-line ... we'll end up doing that as soon as possible".
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement Thursday night offering his and the Government of Canada's congratulations to Ford. 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. Canada has countered with a plan to impose tariffs of its own on US metals and other consumer goods.
Judging from the pushback he got during the past 30 days and what his own brother Rob Ford experienced when he tried to stop the Gravy Train at City Hall, Ford is well aware of the forces that will be working against him - whether it be the entrenched bureaucracy at Queen's Park where the lines have no doubt been blurred between their bureaucrats and their Liberal masters, the powerful entitled unions and the unknowns surrounding the province's economic state.
"I have lost the election, but I have not lost my passion for this work", Wynne said.
Voters in Ontario had a single-minded fixation on sending Kathleen Wynne into history as the resignation-forced Liberal leader of what is now an unofficial party reduced to the ragtag rubble of seven political dwarfs.
"Obviously it was a hard night for us", she said of the Liberal loss.
"I hope that you can feel very proud of what we have done together in the past and absolutely determined to take on the task that lies ahead".
How Ford treats Toronto in the long run depends on which of his newly-elected candidates make it into cabinet, and what pressures the Conservatives face once they're in office, said political strategist Jim Warren.
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I offer my honest congratulations to Doug Ford who will have the honour and privilege to serve as Premier".
Electors who bring their voter information card and identification to vote "can expect shorter wait times and a better voter experience as a result of the introduction of technology in the polls", said Essensa. I will continue fighting for our Liberal values and the people of Essex.
"I just don't like the government getting involved".