Ontario businesses seek clarity from populist leader Ford

10 June, 2018, 15:45 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Ontario election results 2014 Real-time results on election night

But her weekend bombshell was followed by an appeal to elect as many Liberals as possible, a move she said at the time was meant to prevent either of her NDP or Progressive Conservative rivals from achieving a majority.

"To all the candidates who sought office regardless of political affiliation, we salute you for your selfless act of civic duty", Dillon said.

In his victory speech near Toronto, a beaming Ford declared Ontario is "open for business", pledging his government will usher in "an era of economic prosperity the likes of which Ontario has never seen before".

But, despite not releasing a fully costed campaign platform, something he had promised to do for months, Ford swayed voters throughout the campaign by making a number of expensive promises and promising to find billions in government "inefficiencies". "The courts are going to determine that the federal government has the authority to do what it is doing". The Greens took one seat in the race. He'll lead a province that is home to almost a third of Canada's total population of 36 million people, and the country's manufacturing and financial sectors. Many polling places have changed and you should not assume that you will be voting at the same polling place as the last election. Even though it's down 0.6 per cent quarter-to-date, it's still the best performing currency among 16 major peers tracked by Bloomberg. The Liberals faced a loss of 50 seats overall - which was obviously a very disappointing outcome for leader Kathleen Wynne.

Every party and every leader in Canada ignores the strategy behind the result at their political peril.

But Wynne leaves the party leadership with an uncertain legacy.

In many books, NDP leader Andrea Horwath was poised to be the Cinderella premier: the patient, working class, single mom who had quietly built momentum that saw pundits predict that she just may be crowned government leader by scooping up all those voters sick and exhausted of Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government. The Conservatives and NDP were neck and neck in most polls based on popular support, though Ford's backing was more widely spread across the province, leading to more seats.

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In Niagara West, PC Party candidate and well-known radio host Andrew Lawton lost to NDP Peggy Sattler.

The Green Party was the other big victor Thursday night, gaining its first seat in the legislature as Leader Mike Schreiner handily won in Guelph.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement Thursday night offering his and the Government of Canada's congratulations to Ford. It's not clear a premier has the power to do that as the government holds a 47 per cent stake.

"We're glad maybe we're going to pump the breaks a bit here", said Volpe.

Doug Ford was widely criticized for a failed campaign to scrap a long-planned redevelopment on the city's waterfront, proposing a huge ferris wheel, a new mall and a monorail. He was a de facto deputy to his late brother, Mayor Rob Ford, who became notorious in 2013 when he admitted to smoking crack cocaine while in office.

Mayor Jim Watson says he's committed to building a "productive working relationship" with Premier Designate Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives. 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".

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