Ford. More. Years.
Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative Party has won the majority in the Ontario provincial election, CTV News and CP24 has projected.
The PC party was leading or elected in 83 of 124 ridings as of midnight local time.
The incumbent Ford overtook NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca, and Mike Schreiner’s Green Party.
Running under the slogan of “Get It Done,” Ford maintained a consistent lead in the polls throughout the campaign.
The win marks Ford’s second term as Premier of Ontario.
At party headquarters at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke, Ford gave a short speech to a pumped up crowd.
He thanked Ontarians for their support of the Progressive Conservative party, saying together they had “made history.”
Ford pledged support for the future of the auto sector in the province, and said students who want to work in the tech industry will have jobs waiting upon graduation.
“You have my word that every single day I will get up and get to work and do everything in my power to achieve this dream,” he told supporters.
With the historic win, the NDP will form the official opposition.
After their losses, both Andrea Horwath and Steven Del Duca stepped down as the leaders of their parties. Horwath has been leader of the Ontario New Democrat Party for more than 13 years.
Speaking to supporters in Hamilton, a visibly emotional Horwath dabbed her eyes with a tissue.
“My commitment to you is never going to waver,” she said to applause.
“Tonight it’s time for me to pass the torch, to pass the baton, to hand off the leadership of the NDP. You know what? It makes me sad but it makes me happy because our team is so strong right now,”
Mayor sends congratulations
Toronto Mayor John Tory congratulated Ford on the win, saying they have forged a strong partnership during the pandemic, and they will work to ensure the TO and Ontario economies bounce back “stronger than ever.”
“Along with a strong economic recovery, I am committed to working with the province on Toronto’s priorities, including getting more supportive and affordable housing built, getting more transit built, increasing community safety, and investing in mental health and substance use issues,” Tory said.
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The PC Party did not release an official platform, although Ford promised significant funding for schools, health care, and transit before the legislature was dissolved in May.
Ten-year commitments include $14 million in capital grants to build and renovate schools, $40 billion to increase hospital capacity, and $25.1 billion for roadway infrastructure, including to build Highway 413. The party’s 2022 budget wasn’t passed before the election.
— CP24 (@CP24) June 3, 2022