Wynne hopes Ford changes rules to give Ontario Liberals official party status

Campaign 2018: Election Guide

Campaign 2018: Election Guide

She won in her riding of Don Valley West, one of but nine seats captured by the Liberals.

Former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne acknowledges her supporters following the election results in Toronto on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

The Green Party was the other big victor Thursday night, gaining its first seat in the legislature as Leader Mike Schreiner handily won in Guelph.

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

On the morning after the night before, Premier-designate Doug Ford - while the chattering classes and assorted other leftist teat-suckers were busy licking their wounds - made it clear he'd already gotten down to business.

"My friends, help is here", Premier-Elect Doug Ford told a jubilant crowd at the Toronto Convention Centre. We have taken back Ontario. "We owe so much to Rob's legacy - a legacy of service to the people, a legacy started by my father Doug Ford Sr. and a legacy that will continue".

During the campaign, Ford attacked Canada's elites and the media, saying they drink "champagne with their pinkies in the air".

Rath said the social and cultural shift that propelled Donald Trump to the US presidency in 2016 was also a factor in Ontario's election, where Tory Leader Doug Ford used populist messaging to appeal to voters.

But Toronto-area MP John McKay says, ultimately, Ottawa will exercise its jurisdiction and impose a carbon tax on Ontario, regardless of any actions taken by Ford's soon-to-be-installed government. Ford also supported doing away with the Liberal Party's sex-ed curriculum, safe injection sites and protest-free zones outside of abortion clinics.

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Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is thanking the people of Ontario for giving his party a majority government.

"I have focused on building strong relationships and partnerships with all levels of government that have led to historic investments", Tory said in a statement after Ford's victory speech on Thursday night.

"I would think that they'd want to consolidate, get their feet under them, figure out how they're going to operate in the legislature", he said. "I know Rob is celebrating with us tonight".

He was first thrust into the national spotlight because of his defences of his scandal-plagued brother, whose admission of using crack cocaine made worldwide headlines. His cabinet will also no doubt include stalwarts like Elliott and former finance critic Vic Fedeli, as well as newcomers Caroline Mulroney, now MPP for York-Simcoe, and former OLG chair Rod Phillips, now MPP for Ajax, none of whom could be tagged as "radical right" by Ford's critics.

"I wish her, Jane and their family well". Ford has denied the allegations, which have not been tested in court.

Laurie Adkin, a political science professor at the University of Alberta, said Ford's government could lend strength to the UCP's position. But the dizzying pace of initiatives rolled out by Wynne's government might have also played a role, said de Clercy, citing a rise in the minimum wage and reforms in workplace legislation and education.

He said: "I think it's good for tourism".

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. "There is another generation, and I am passing the torch to that generation", she said.

For a few short weeks, Andrea Horwath appeared tantalizingly close to the Ontario premier's office - a prize that proved elusive once again on Thursday for the veteran politician who has led the provincial New Democrats for nearly a decade.

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