Canada: Ford captures majority government in Ontario

Former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne acknowledges her supporters following the election results in Toronto on Thursday

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Ontario's outgoing Liberal premier said she's committed to making her handoff to Doug Ford on June 29, when his Progressive Conservative government will be sworn in, as smooth as possible.

"I think we're on a path we've been on since the election of 2015". "I hope that Mr. Ford will agree". The Liberals had seven, and appeared poised to fall one seat short of "recognized party" status in the legislature.

Wynne, the first female premier and first openly gay premier the province has had, said she would resign as leader of the Liberal party.

"They've been laid lower than they've ever been before, (their loss) is not the single worst disaster for a major political party in Canada but it ranks up there", he said.

"I think you have to go back nearly a century.to find a comparable situation in terms of the challenges the party faces", he said, pointing to the Liberals' dramatic decline in the early 1900s and their eventual resurgence in the 1930s under the leadership of Mitch Hepburn. This appeal paid off most notably in Toronto, where they captured eight seats; their blue-collar base turned out in others, such as Oshawa, Ste Catherines and Hamilton; and their northern vote solidified in several key ridings. She inherited a government already rife with billion-dollar scandals, but under her leadership more fuel was added to the fire, such as rising hydro bills and questionable government spending.

"I also thank [previous Ontario premier] Kathleen Wynne for her years of service as Premier".

"Depending on the volume of these types of ballots, it may take up to 30 days for county elections officials to verify voter records and determine if ballots have been cast by eligible voters", he said. "I can't tell you how long that's going to take but our target is four years".

Wynne spoke beautifully to her followers at campaign headquarters, eventually folding into her speech every man, woman and child in the province of Ontario.

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However, Horwath's campaign also played into Ford's hands.

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And fellow Toronto Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, asked about Ford's reluctance to talk about LGBTQ rights, commented acerbically: "I'd be surprised if he knows the other 26 letters in the alphabet too".

"I could see them choosing ... the middle option - someone who's going to carry the ball for a while and then you sort of have a convention closer to the next election, in a couple of years, where you could actually showcase someone".

"She won all the debates and was everybody's favourite candidate, but in the end that wasn't enough", Beyda said.

"It's certainly one of the best jobs in this country", she said.

Either way, the party will need to be creative to shore up excitement on a shoestring budget, he said, noting the upcoming federal election will provide an opportunity to capitalize on the federal party's brand and keep Liberal flames alive.

The Tories have won a majority government.

"I do think there's a bit of spillover from populism in the United States that could have washed over the Ontario election", said Jonathan Rose, a professor at Queen's University. Here's a look at what that means. The bar is now eight seats. But that threshold can be changed by legislators, as has been in the past.

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.

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But can they still operate as usual in the house? "It doesn't mean that they hate gays".

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