Well, the dust has cleared, the sun has risen in the east just like it always does, and it's a new day in Ontario: voters have elected a healthy Progressive Conservative majority led by Doug Ford and will be sending 124 MPPs from four different parties to a new session of the province's legislature.
"While the results did not get us there this time, I invite you to join us and together we'll continue to fight to bring change for the better to Ontario".
"I know that tonight is not the result we were looking for and no one feels that more sharply than I do, but this is not a moment where any of us should linger".
Just days before the election, however, Renata Ford, the widow of Ford's brother, launched a C$16.5 million lawsuit against him, accusing the politician of being "negligent" as a business manager of the company Deco Labels, which the Ford brothers had inherited from their father. But he was quick to congratulate Ford on his victory.
"I talked to the prime minister yesterday", he said. "Voters in the province know the mess we are in and that we can't keep spending money we don't have".
The brother of the late Rob Ford, who died of cancer in March 2016, led the Conservatives to victory on a populist campaign, earning him the title of "Canada's Donald Trump" in headlines. But in contrast to Trump, he campaigned hard among Canada's immigrant communities who hold considerable sway in several ridings in the province.
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".
Ontario's religious right is "jubilant" about their new ally in the Premier's Office - and now they're counting on Doug Ford to deliver on his promises and execute their radical social conservative agenda.
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Ford is a newcomer to provincial politics, having only captured the party leadership three months ago. "Neither have run a large department as a Cabinet minister, let alone a government", said Carleton University business professor Ian Lee, referring to Ford and Horwath.
But any election has more losers than winners, and last night was no exception.
But he pointed to different underlying reasons. "I don't believe that this is part of the bandwagon or the trend that we're seeing in the USA, in Poland, in Hungary, in other countries in Europe".
Instead, Wynne held on, adopting popular left-wing proposals like a $15-an-hour minimum wage hike.
Ontario PC leader Doug Ford reacts after winning the Ontario Provincial election to become the new premier in Toronto, on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Pollsters had long predicted that voter frustration about growing inequality, the rising cost of living and economic uncertainty would take a toll on her party.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath was also pressed on the issue, and would only say that the decision was Ford's to make. "There is another generation, and I am passing the torch to that generation".
In Guelph, Mike Schreiner made history becoming the first Green Party candidate to win a seat in an Ontario election. ICYMI we reported recently on Canada's white supremacists & how they think a Ford government will "give people permission" to be racist.
It's a turnaround for the party, which has been stuck in third place since Bob Rae's New Democratic government was defeated in 1995.