Eli Ridder | Report
Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario won the 2018 provincial election on Thursday evening, clinching a win within minutes of polls closing across the province, with Guelph electing the first Green Party Member of Provincial Parliament.
Mr. Ford just recently took the reins of the PC Party on Mar. 10 of this year, following anonymous allegations of sexual harassment that resulted in the resignation of the former leader Patrick Brown, accusations that have not been proven in court.
Despite polling that brought the New Democrats within the margin of error overall in the province, it was projected the Tories claimed well over 63 seats necessary for a majority government within 21 minutes of poll results.
In Guelph, history was made with a strong win by Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, a result that was the result of popularity for years in the small city located to the west of the Greater Toronto Area.
Dr. Gary Ellis, Justice Studies head at the University of Guelph-Humber, clinched a distant second in Scarborough Southwest riding on behalf of the PCs in his second attempt at a provincial win.
Just over 50 per cent of those eligible to vote marked a ballot for the June 7 election, out of some nine million electors in Ontario, according to the latest numbers.
‘Hope and prosperity’
Doug Ford addressed a cheering crowd at the Toronto Congress Centre at 10:20 p.m., saying his supporters have sent a “clear message of hope and prosperity” after a populist campaign that caused shockwaves nationally.
“Ontario is open for business,” Ford said to room full of cheering supporters, speaking on accountability and transparency in regards to taxes.
Although the Progressive Conservatives never released a fully costed platform, promises that included tackling one of the largest sub-sovereign debts in the world, at nearly $350 billion CAD for Ontario.
Blunt and aggressive with the press, Ford has drawn comparisons with United States President Donald Trump, however, Ford has tried to appeal to voters in the immigrant communities that sway elections in many GTA suburbs.
“A new day has dawned in Ontario,” Ford roared to the cheers of supporters.
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