Wynne hopes for official party status for Liberal rump

Ontario's new premier Doug Ford

Ontario's new premier Doug Ford

In his victory speech, Ford paid tribute to his late father, as well as his late brother, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford. "We united our party and united our province and this is your victory". I believe that history will be gentler on her legacy than the 2018 Ontario voters.

The platform point, which sits high on the Ontario PCs' agenda, follows Saskatchewan's recent constitutional challenge against a federally imposed carbon tax, and echoes a similar promise United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney has in store for Alberta if his party trumps Premier Rachel Notley's New Democrats in 2019. Already, Ford has taken the first step, assembling a transition team that combines close allies (advisors Dean French and Simone Daniels) with experienced politicians (former provincial and federal cabinet minister John Baird), party operatives (Baird's former Baird chief of staff Chris Froggatt), and policy minds (hospital CEO and long-time Tory Reuben Devlin, lobbyist Mike Coates).

While the Grits said Ford's approach to housing would be to pave over the Greenbelt and give land to their rich developer friends, he claimed the NDP's plan is uncosted and assumes that 20,000 affordable housing units will come out of thin air. The Ontario Liberal seat count dropped from 58 in 2014 to seven after Thursday's election.

The outgoing Liberal leader spoke to a small knot of enthusiastic supporters - who were chanting her name as she arrived - at York Mills Gallery after the polls had closed and the PC win was evident.

As for the other leaders, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath easily won her riding of Hamilton Centre, with more than 64 per cent of the vote there.

However, in the short term at least, Scheer may be right in hoping that Ford's success will rub off on federal Conservatives.

But the voting process, like the campaign that preceded it, was not without complications.

With about one week left in the campaign, the party published a list of promises and their price tags, but didn't indicate how they would pay for them, what size of deficits they would run or for exactly how long. Ford also supported doing away with the Liberal Party's sex-ed curriculum, safe injection sites and protest-free zones outside of abortion clinics.

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"We're notorious here for being slow", said Bill Carrick, a longtime Democratic consultant in the state. "Immediately we'll be looking for an auditing firm to go in and look line-by-line ... we'll end up doing that as soon as possible".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement to congratulate Ford, but also thanked Wynne "for her years of service as premier". Canada has countered with a plan to impose tariffs of its own on US metals and other consumer goods.

At a press conference on Friday, Ford offered little detail on his priorities, but said his government would hire an auditor to look over the province's books. "We can't stay here", she said. Current rules dictate that a party needs to have a minimum of eight elected members in order to qualify as an officially recognized party in the legislature.

Kathleen Wynne's voice faltered a bit when she resigned as leader of the Liberal party last night.

Yet one key person has yet to say anything publically for his fellow Liberal leader.

"There will be changes", MacLauchlan said.

In pondering the lessons for the federal Liberals from the Ontario result, McKay said they need to ask "why would people embrace such a manifestly obvious unqualified candidate for premier; what is it that drives people to make those decisions that many of us would regard as nearly irrational?"

"It's certainly one of the best jobs in this country", she said.

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