Doug Ford rides populist wave to victory in Ontario, Tories form majority

"This is the busiest time of year for schools with culminating activities, EQAO testing and exams, and more than 6,000 teachers have made Student Vote a priority", said Taylor Gunn, President and CEO of CIVIX.

The NDP under Andrea Horwath will form the Official Opposition, marking a turnaround for a party consistently stuck in third place since Bob Rae's New Democratic government was defeated in 1995.

Because, in actuality, as you'll see in the original listing of each party leaders' plans, Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives' housing plan was the only one that didn't require bullet points.

Kathleen Wynne's voice faltered a bit when she resigned as leader of the Liberal party last night.

"We have delivered a government that is for the people", said Ford, promising economic growth and prosperity in a speech to supporters in Toronto. "She asked Ontarians to embrace many initiatives very quickly and I think certainly in some sectors people pushed back".

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

"I know that my brother Rob is looking down from Heaven", Doug said to roaring cheers.

Ford's election comes two years after the passing of his brother, Rob Ford, who served as mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014.

Once the audit is complete, Ford said he planned to address numerous promises he made during the election campaign, including lowering taxes, cutting hydro rates, and eliminating the cap-and-trade system.

Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner has won his bid to become the first Green to hold a seat in the province's legislature.

The race was thrown open for this election when the incumbent and prominent Liberal Liz Sandals announced she would not run again.

Wynne's own fate as an MPP was in doubt after she spoke, but close to 11:30 p.m., CBC declared she would hold her Don Valley West riding by fewer than 200 votes.

Ford won a majority government in Thursday's provincial election on a platform that included a pledge to scrap Ontario's cap-and-trade carbon pricing system.

Ontario hasn't had a premier like Ford before, said Western University associate political science professor Cristine de Clercy.

"I'll sit down with our new cabinet and with the minister of education, discuss that with them", he told reporters the day after his victory. Their "Change for the better" theme focused on disenchanted left-leaning voters, including social justice advocates and environmentalists.

He's the second son of Diane and Doug Ford Sr., a provincial politician for one term in the late 1990s.

The governing Liberals, who have been in power for the past 15 years, are fighting for survival following Premier Kathleen Wynne's stunning admission of defeat last week.

The Liberals could drop to single-digit seats in the legislature, losing official party status.

"No surprise in Ontario election results", said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at SIA Wealth Management. Aside from the election results themselves, the most pressing question triggered by this event for many employers is: are my employees entitled to paid time off to vote?

Voter information cards (VIC) with details about when and where to vote have been mailed to registered electors.

  • Rogelio Becker