Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Wynne hopes Ford changes rules to give Ontario Liberals official party status

Wynne hopes Ford changes rules to give Ontario Liberals official party status

Considering Ontario has a housing affordability crisis on its hands, prior to the election, Toronto Storeys reached out to Premier-Elect Doug Ford and the other party leaders to find out their plans for housing. "After years of effort, the Green Party has broken through and will inject a new voice in the Ontario legislature".

More than 280,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2018 Ontario provincial election.

As long as the Liberal Party of Canada holds power, he added, the most these leaders can do is change how carbon pricing is structured.

It's a stunning victory for Ford, whose campaign was heavy on populist promises but light on fiscal details.

Most of the polls have closed in Ontario and ballot counting has begun following a hotly contested race pitting Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives against Andrea Horwath's New Democrats. "We have delivered a government that is for the people", said Ford, promising economic growth and prosperity in a speech to supporters in Toronto.

We heard the transition will take 21 days with the Tories ready to take over the reins of power June 29.

During the campaign, Ford attacked Canada's elites and the media, saying they drink "champagne with their pinkies in the air".

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

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has won in his riding in the west-Toronto suburb of Etobicoke North.

Judging from the pushback he got during the past 30 days and what his own brother Rob Ford experienced when he tried to stop the Gravy Train at City Hall, Ford is well aware of the forces that will be working against him - whether it be the entrenched bureaucracy at Queen's Park where the lines have no doubt been blurred between their bureaucrats and their Liberal masters, the powerful entitled unions and the unknowns surrounding the province's economic state. "Whatever it is that people have seen in him that make him seem like he's on their side, I hope he really is". "We owe so much to Rob's legacy".

He was first thrust into the national spotlight because of his defences of his scandal-plagued brother, whose admission of using crack cocaine made global headlines. He had won the mayoral election with a core of support in suburban Toronto, called "Ford Nation". His cabinet will also no doubt include stalwarts like Elliott and former finance critic Vic Fedeli, as well as newcomers Caroline Mulroney, now MPP for York-Simcoe, and former OLG chair Rod Phillips, now MPP for Ajax, none of whom could be tagged as "radical right" by Ford's critics.

"Even if some of you have been sharp with me", she said, prompting chuckles from the audience of journalists, "but I just want to say to you and then to the people of Ontario that we have to remember that there is always a filter on information and we want that filter to be as transparent as possible". Ford has denied the allegations, which have not been tested in court. But the dizzying pace of initiatives rolled out by Wynne's government might have also played a role, said de Clercy, citing a rise in the minimum wage and reforms in workplace legislation and education.

"I think we're on a path we've been on since the election of 2015". In an unusual move, she said she knew she would not be returning to the premier's office, but nonetheless urged people to vote Liberal in order to prevent either the NDP or the PCs from winning a majority.

Horwath said she was not surprised by Wynne's decision to step down as party leader, but she praised the premier's long career in public life.

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