Populist Doug Ford set to win Ontario polls, promises prosperity

Jun 11, 2018, 10:39
Populist Doug Ford set to win Ontario polls, promises prosperity

Asked whether he would support such a change, Ford said he would talk to his team about the issue in the days and weeks to come. I believe that history will be gentler on her legacy than the 2018 Ontario voters.

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. "We have delivered a government that is for the people", said Ford, promising economic growth and prosperity in a speech to supporters in Toronto.

The Liberals had made an exception for the New Democratic Party, which had only seven seats in 2003.

Oosterhoff was 19 when he won the by-election in November 2016 after former Tory party leader Tim Hudak resigned, making him Ontario's youngest elected MPP.

Part of the Ontario PCs' "plan for the people" involves scrapping the province's cap-and-trade carbon-cutting plan, and challenging the federal government's power to impose carbon- pricing measures in lieu of a provincial equivalency plan, such as the carbon tax adopted by British Columbia and Alberta.

The official opposition will be led by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, whose party had 40 seats at deadline, the first time it hasn't finished in third place since the Bob Rae government of the early 1990s.

"We can't stay here", she said.

The election campaign was supposed to be a contest that pitted fresh-faced PC leader Patrick Brown against two female leaders in do-or-die campaigns.

With about one week left in the campaign, the party published a list of promises and their price tags, but didn't indicate how they would pay for them, what size of deficits they would run or for exactly how long.

The premier-designate said Friday that he planned to live up to his pledges, including to repeal the Liberals' updated sex-ed curriculum.

"There's a bit of uncertainty in terms of what's actually going to get implemented and how it's going to get financed", said Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist at the Royal Bank of Canada. "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".

Ontario's new premier has previously voiced support for Donald Trump, but has dismissed direct comparisons to the U.S. president. Canada has countered with a plan to impose tariffs of its own on USA metals and other consumer goods.

"I think we're on a path we've been on since the election of 2015". The bar is now eight seats. However, it was with her admission of defeat days before the election that nailed the sweeping loss for the Liberal party.

"Knowing where Kathleen Wynne was polling, they should have pulled her out of the public eye, they shouldn't have had her so front and centre, they should have featured other candidates and their policies and let her speak in the debates where she's strong", she said.

"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".

Laurie Adkin, a political science professor at the University of Alberta, said Ford's government could lend strength to the UCP's position.

In pondering the lessons for the federal Liberals from the Ontario result, McKay said they need to ask "why would people embrace such a manifestly obvious unqualified candidate for premier; what is it that drives people to make those decisions that many of us would regard as nearly irrational?"

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.

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