Doug Ford has been elected Premier of Ontario.
In a victory speech Thursday night, Ford thanked his “friends” for the win, saying it belongs to the people.
Here’s Ford’s full speech:
“Wow, I’ll tell ya. This is incredible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I will never forget the trust you put in me.
My friends, this victory belongs to you. This victory belongs to the people, and tonight the people of Ontario have spoken.
People from every walk of life, from every corner of this great province, people from every political stripe. you have come together, around one common vision of Ontario… The message of hope and prosperity.
A government that respects you, a government with integrity, a government that will always put you first.
My friends, help is here.
Our team will work every single day, to deliver this vision.
We will work every single day for a better Ontario… for a better future for our children
an era of economic growth and prosperity… the likes of which this province has never seen before.
We have sent a message to the world – Ontario is open for business.
I am so proud, so proud of the incredible team that you have sent to queens park, a team of all stars that will work for you, a team that will always put you first, and we are grateful to all of those who put their names forward.
I promised to deliver a strong stable majority government, and together we did that.
Together we made history, we have taken back Ontario, we have delivered a government that is for the people.
A government that will respect your hard earned tax dollars. and the party with the taxpayers money is over, its done.
But the work has just begun, our team will get to work immediately, we will deliver on our plan for the people.
We will reduce your taxes, reduce your gas prices, and keep more money in your pocket.
A plan to fix our economy and create good paying jobs… and my friends, together, with our skilled team of MPPs, this is what we’ll deliver.
I know that my brother rob is looking down from heaven.
I know rob is celebrating with us tonight, we owe so much to rob’s legacy.
A legacy of service to the people.. a legacy that started with my dad Doug ford senior. and a legacy that will continue.
I owe everything to you.
You are the ones who kept me going, who energized me at every single stop. and reminded me what’s at stake, what we’re fighting for.
You are the reason we are here today.
Those who didn’t support us, I will work even harder to earn your confidence.
To Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horwath, you fought a hard, very hard campaign and I’ll tell you, Ontario is better for it. we’ve had our different approaches but we all share in the same goal of a better Ontario.
And I want to work together to deliver on our mandate, a mandate for the people.
A new day is dawned on Ontario, a day of opportunity, a day of prosperity and a day of growth.
We’re going to turn this province around so our children and their children will always be proud to call Ontario home.
We will make sure Ontario is the greatest place on earth. to live, to do business, and to grow, and we will make Ontario , once again, the engine of Canada.
Together, in 88 short days, we achieved the impossible. reunited our party, and province. and this is your victory. Tonight is your night, and God bless each and every one of you.”