Perhaps it comes as no surprise, the Ontario PC’s have won the election, making Doug Ford the province’s new Premier.
The party is projected to win a majority government, and the call was made within 15 minutes of the polls closing.
Ford, a businessman and ex Toronto City Councillor, certainly kept this election interesting. From being accused of hiring staged actors at the first debate, to being sued by the widow of Rob Ford, the PC leader made headlines throughout the election.
But the votes are in, and with it, a new PC era for Ontario.
And while his platform wasn’t necessarily as detailed as the other parties, here is what Doug Ford promised during his campaign.
Ford promises to cut the price of gas by 10 cents by eliminating “Kathleen Wynne’s cap-and-trade tax scheme, stopping the carbon tax, and reducing Ontario’s gas tax.”
The Ontario PCs promise to return dividends to hydro customers, saving families an average of 4.7% on their bills. Ford also said that his party would stop the practice of “burying the cost of conservation programs on hydro bills and instead move those programs to the tax base — saving the average family 2.9% on their hydro bills.”
The PCs have pledged to invest in 5,000 new long-term care beds in 5 years, and 30,000 beds over 10 years. They would also put $1.9 billion into mental health, addiction services, and housing supports – making a total of $3.8 billion invested with matching federal funds.
During his campaign, Doug Ford said he will let corner stores, grocery stores, and big-box stores sell beer and wine. He also said he would stop the government from jacking up the cost of beer, and bring back a $1 beer by letting breweries actually compete for business.
Days before the election, Ford said that he would be ready to govern on day one.
“We have a team that is ready to govern,” said Ford. “Our candidates include public servants, including majors and cabinet ministers with decades of experience, small business people, teachers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, journalists, police officers, veterans and reservists — all of whom are continuing their public service in a new arena.”
More to come.