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Ottawa, June 8 (Canadian-Media): Progressive Conservatives (PCs) have secured majority government which ended nearly 15 years of Liberal Party rule in Canada's Ontario province, media reports said.
"My friends, this victory belongs to you. This victory belongs to the people. And tonight, the people of Ontario have spoken," Premier-elect Doug Ford said in a speech to supporters at an event in Toronto.
"We have taken back Ontario, we have delivered a government that is for the people...A new day has dawned in Ontario — a day of opportunity, a day of prosperity and a day of growth," he said.
Ford had won leadership race nearly three months ago on the third ballot after former leader Patrick Brown's sudden resignation.
In his victory speech, Ford became emotional as he thanked his brother, a former Toronto mayor.
"I know my brother Rob is looking down from heaven. I'm just getting chills talking about him right now. I know Rob is celebrating with us tonight. We owe so much to Rob's legacy," Ford said.
Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
Kathleen Wynne, Ontario's first female and LGBT premier was able to secure seven seats.
It was essential for her to win eight seats to maintain official party status
This led her to resign from her re-election in Don Valley West.
Kathleen Wynne. Image credit: Twitter handle
Several important Liberal cabinet ministers including Charles Sousa, Yasir Naqvi, Steven Del Duca and Glenn Thibeault also lost their seats.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) will form the Official Opposition as Liberals lost the vast majority of their seats at Queen's Park with their lowest-ever share of the popular vote.
NDP managed to take 40 seats, an increase from the 18 they held, at the start of the campaign.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath said: "I could not be more proud that we offered a positive vision: change for the better. New Democrats rejected the politics of fear and cynicism, and we put hope and vision for a better future at the heart of our campaign."
"Together, we won more seats than we have held in a generation. And I am deeply humbled that Ontarians have asked us to serve as the new Official Opposition."
Andrea Horwath. Image credit: Twitter handle
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Ottawa, Jun 8 (Canadian-Media): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 7 congratulated Progressive Conservative (PC) leader Doug Ford for his victory in Ontario elections, media reports said.
"Ontarians have chosen to elect a majority government led by the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I offer my sincere congratulations to Doug Ford who will have the honour and privilege to serve as Premier," Congratulating Ford on a Facebook post, Trudeau said on a Facebook post
Trudeau said he was looking forward to work with the "new provincial government to create good, middle class jobs, make Ontario a world-leading centre for innovative and sustainable technologies, and build infrastructure that meets the needs of Ontarians.
"Together, we will continue to work to grow Ontario’s economy and address issues of importance to Ontarians and all Canadians."
Trudeau also thanked outgoing Premier "Kathleen Wynne for her years of service as Premier."
According to official reports, PCs have won the majority government votes leading in 76 ridings, NDP were at 40, the Liberals at seven and the Green Party at one.
Addressing his supporters over the victory, Ford said,
"Our team will work every single day to deliver this vision. We will every single day for a better Ontario, a better future and a brighter future for our children...and tonight we have sent a clear message to the world: Ontario is open for business...We have delivered a government that is for the people... that will respect your hard-earned tax dollars...We will bring accountability, transparency and integrity to the tax payers of Ontario. We will reduce your taxes, reduce your gas prices and keep more money in your pocket," he said.