Kathleen Wynne ready to 'pass the torch,' quits as Ontario Liberal leader

Kathleen Wynne ready to 'pass the torch,' quits as Ontario Liberal leader

The Canadian Press is projecting a Progressive Conservative majority government in Ontario, to be led by Doug Ford.

We never received a solid plan from Doug Ford.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath who finished 2nd with 39 seats, told her supporters she is proud they ran a positive campaign.

Of course she had wanted to accomplish a lot, Horwath said, "but we now have another job, and the people of Ontario have asked us to hold this Ford Conservative government to account".

"Anyone who thinks they can vote twice because they got two ballots, they need to think again", she said. However, it was with her admission of defeat days before the election that nailed the sweeping loss for the Liberal party.

Meanwhile, Liberals from the party's more pro-business wing - like Steven Del Duca - were defeated last night.

In Ottawa Centre, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi lost his seat, finishing second to New Democrat Joel Harden.

It blew the Liberals out the door with just seven - while the Green Party gained its first seat in provincial history. "We have delivered a government that is for the people", he said.

Ford is a newcomer to provincial politics, having only captured the party leadership three months ago.

Turns out I can drop off my ballot in Barstow and the folks in Yolo County won't be able to announce final results for the Davis City Council election until some poor San Bernardino County elections official drives my ballot to Woodland to be counted.

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The Liberals saw a stunning collapse after leading the province for the past 15 years and capturing a majority government just four years ago.

Ford, who has positioned himself as a champion of "the little guy" and has been compared to U.S. President Donald Trump, is wealthy businessman. Hard questions are one thing; petty attacks are another as more than one tried to lob Friday with a repeated focus on the lawsuit from the widow of Rob Ford and suggestions his government would be mired with "chaos".

Being a recognized party in the legislature allows parties to have an office for their leader and access resources such as research assistance, but the threshold required for the designation can be changed by legislators, as has been in the past.

Schreiner finished third in his riding in Guelph, Ont., during the last election, narrowly behind the Progressive Conservative candidate.

In some ways, Ford's win echoes the rise of populism in countries such as Poland, Hungary and Italy, said Ian Lee, a professor at Carleton University.

Ontario voters wanted change, and they certainly got it on Thursday with a new PC Majority government at Queens Park.

Electioneering, including wearing anything with a campaign slogan on it, is prohibited within 100 feet of the polling place while the polls are open on Election Day. If Ford follows through on a promise to cut Ontario's corporate tax rate to 10.5 percent from 11.5 percent, it could ease investor concern the province is losing competitiveness to the United States.

On behalf of the City of Markham, I would like to thank @Kathleen_Wynne for her commitment and years of public service.

It's unlikely the NDP would support loosening the rules around party status considering they were denied a similar reprieve under the Liberals in 2003, Malloy said.

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