What does losing official party status mean for the Liberals

Campaign 2018: Election Guide

Campaign 2018: Election Guide

Voters will be casting ballots for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, treasurer, attorney general, insurance commissioner, state board of equalization member, superintendent of public instruction and U.S. Senator. The New Democratic Party, led by Andrea Horwath, won 34 percent of the vote, and will now form the official opposition in Ontario.

"Tonight, the people of Ontario have spoken", Ford said in a speech celebrating his victory with supporters in Toronto, which was aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

There's no denying that many knew Kathleen wouldn't be taking home a win when she was dubbed the unlikable leader out of the 3 candidates. She led the party to a strong showing in the 2011 election but a disappointing finish in 2014 that nearly cost her the leadership.

"I was concerned how many times does it happen?" he said.

Put it another way: intentionally or not, voters managed to send to Queen's Park a Liberal caucus that represents a continuation of at least part of Wynne's leadership - not a wholesale repudiation of it.

Ford was a city councillor for the area while his late brother Rob Ford was Toronto mayor, and the family has a long history in the community.

The Liberals saw a stunning collapse after leading the province for the past 15 years and capturing a majority government just four years ago. Leader Mike Schreiner won in his electoral district of Guelph with 36 per cent of the vote.

Ford also rolled out several pledges designed with populist appeal in mind, from cutting gas prices by 10 cents a litre to introducing buck-a-beer to cutting hydro bills.

Wynne has declined to say whether she'll stay on as party leader, but many expect her to step down.




Ontario's religious right is "jubilant" about their new ally in the Premier's Office - and now they're counting on Doug Ford to deliver on his promises and execute their radical social conservative agenda.

Ontario's new premier is undecided over whether he will attend Toronto's annual Pride parade later this month - and has previously said it is an event where men run down the street "buck naked".

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.

Ford succeeds Kathleen Wynne, a five-year incumbent who conceded last week that she was headed for defeat.

Like his brother Rob, known around the world for his admission of crack cocaine use while running Canada's largest city, Doug Ford has a combative, anti-establishment, not-fussed-with-policy approach that evokes comparisons to Trump.

Horwath did not weigh in on whether the Liberals should be granted official party status anyway, as has been done for parties that fall short in the past.

"No surprise in Ontario election results", said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at SIA Wealth Management.

The province used new technology in this election, and problems with some of the electronic vote tabulators caused delays in a few polling stations. "This election outcome addresses a number of key concerns in the business sector - a pause in minimum wage increases; a number of measures to address energy costs, most significantly scrapping the cap-and-trade program; and tax rate reductions", said Robert Kavcic, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.

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