Doug Ford at his second rally in London.
Speaking to supporters gathered at the Tory campaign headquarters, Ford says under his government, Ontario will enter a previously unseen period of economic prosperity.
The Progressive Conservative Party that Ford leads won the majority of seats in the province's legislature in Thursday's election, data from Elections Ontario showed.
"My friends, help is here", Premier-Elect Doug Ford told a jubilant crowd at the Toronto Convention Centre. "We'll be putting together a group of all-star cabinet ministers". The Fords built a political base known as "Ford Nation" in the west end of Toronto, helping elevate Rob to mayor in 2010, while Doug was a councilor and de facto co-mayor. "I know my brother Rob is looking down from heaven".
"Over the next few days and couple of weeks - I figured the transition will take 21 days - and we'll be able to answer that as we move forward", he said. "We have won more seats than we have held in a generation".
He has always been a controversial figure in Canada; during his one term as a Toronto city councillor he refused to attend the city's Pride parade - describing it as "middle-aged men, with pot bellies, running down the street buck naked" - and lashed out at a home for developmentally disabled youth, labelling it a "nightmare" that had "ruined the community".
Doug Ford's Conservatives defeated Kathleen Wynne's Liberals and Andrea Horwath's NDPs.
The province of Ontario is now a Ford nation. Ford has said he would launch an independent inquiry into the previous government's books.Читайте также: UFC 225 Weigh-in Results: Yoel Romero Misses Weight for Title Fight
But he pointed to different underlying reasons.
"I absolutely think the Ontario Liberal party is coming back, I have no doubt about that but it's going to be a long road for them ... they're going to need some time to lick their wounds, to retool, to identify a new leadership".
Ford has even spoken out on the issue of minimum wage, saying that he would keep it at $14 an hour, but would not raise it to $15 next year as the Liberals had meant to do.
Wynne has led her Liberals from government to third-party status - indeed, the Grits are now sitting at seven MPPs, one fewer than is required for recognized-party status. Her Liberal party had grown deeply unpopular amid rising electricity prices and voter fatigue.
As the results came in, Wynne, Ontario's first female premier as well as its first openly gay premier, announced that she would step down as party leader. "I hope that Mr. Ford will agree".
Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford cruised to a majority win, scoring 76 seats - easily surpassing the 63-seat threshold. Technically speaking, the party's constitution requires that NDP members vote on whether she should stay on as party leader at their next general convention, but it's hard to imagine Horwath going anywhere until after the next election, given last night's success. Voter distribution - combined with Ontario's first-past-the-post electoral system - translated the vote into 39 seats for the party.
Meanwhile, the NDP jumped from being the third choice in the last six elections, to Ontario's official opposition party with 40 seats, up from 18.
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