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Ontario's new premier: Doug Ford

The dust has settled on a divisive provincial election and a new leader has emerged. Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford will be the premier of Ontario.

At the beginning of his campaign, the PCs were the clear leader in the polls.

The campaign was marred by controversy, causing the NDP to pull even with the PCs closer to the election day, but Ford was still able to come out on top.After an intense, hard-fought election campaign, Doug Ford woke up this morning as incoming premier of Canada's largest province. The transition of power will take place June 29.

In just 72 days, Ford took over a party reeling from the sudden departure of Patrick Brown and delivered a decisive win. Voter turnout was up too — 58 per cent, according to Elections Ontario versus 51 per cent in 2014.

Ford listed off his plans for the province, including fixing hydro, reducing taxes and creating more jobs. He also said he wants to put a quick end to the York University strike, now in its 13th week.

Ford's PCs won the popular vote, with 40.63 per cent, over the NDP's 33.69 per cent, the Liberal's 19.3 per cent and the Green's 4.62 per cent. Other candidates got 1.75 per cent.

It's an all-time low for the Liberals in terms of popular support — slipping below the 21.8 per cent they got in 1923 under leader Wellington Hay.

The Liberals dipped to their lowest popular vote ever Thursday, sitting around 19.3 per cent. The last record was set in 1923.

Sam Luna    6/8/2018


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