Canada column for Sunday, June 10/18
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Promising to “put more money in your pocket,” Doug Ford led his Conservatives to a sweeping victory in the Ontario provincial election.
The popularity of the brash former Toronto city councillor along with citing a need for change after 15 years of Liberal rule, voters gave Ford’s party a majority government.
The Conservatives had 76 members elected while the socialist New Democrats led by Andrea Horwath will form the Official Opposition with 40 elected.
With a series of scandals, spending concerns and high energy costs, voters failed to give the ruling Liberals even official party status with just seven elected to the Ontario Legislature.
Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, who was narrowly re-elected in her Toronto district, resigned as party leader.
Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner made history being the first member of the party elected in Ontario.
The victory sends a clear message that “Ontario is open for business” and there will be an “era of economic growth and prosperity,” Ford said.