Kathleen Wynne ready to 'pass the torch,' quits as Ontario Liberal leader

10 June, 2018, 15:41 | Author: Carlos George
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He also pledged to cut the corporate tax rate from 11.5 per cent to 10.5 per cent.

Rath said the social and cultural shift that propelled Donald Trump to the US presidency in 2016 was also a factor in Ontario's election, where Tory Leader Doug Ford used populist messaging to appeal to voters.

Premier Kathleen Wynne stepped down as party leader after the Progressive Conservatives won a majority. Notley went on to thank Kathleen Wynne for her more than 5 yrs of service as Premier of Ontario and offered congratulations to Andrea Horwath on leading the NDP to Official Opposition status.

The Green Party was the other big victor Thursday night, gaining its first seat in the legislature as Leader Mike Schreiner handily won in Guelph.

But her weekend bombshell was followed by an appeal to elect as many Liberals as possible, a move she said at the time was meant to prevent either of her NDP or Progressive Conservative rivals from achieving a majority.

Ford is a newcomer to provincial politics, having only captured the party leadership three months ago.

"The people gave the Liberals seven seats, that's what they have in the legislature and that's what they're going to have to deal with", she said. "We united our party and united our province and this is your victory".

Part of the Ontario PCs' "plan for the people" involves scrapping the province's cap-and-trade carbon-cutting plan, and challenging the federal government's power to impose carbon- pricing measures in lieu of a provincial equivalency plan, such as the carbon tax adopted by British Columbia and Alberta.

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As well, Ford's own history and penchant for controversy could bite his federal Conservative cousins, which may explain why Scheer has kept a bit of distance thus far.

This year's hot-button issues in the county, according to political consultant Lee Neves, are the sheriff's race, along with the race for District 2 county supervisor and the District 4 city council seat in Stockton.

Doug Ford, the brother of the late controversial mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, has been elected premier of Ontario, Canada's most populous province.

Premier Wade MacLauchlan is not fazed by the results of Thursday's election in Ontario. At best, she'll score some good quips during Question Period, but any major changes that the NDP brings forward will be uncontroversial, or at least inoffensive, to the Tories, if they're allowed at all. "I have been able to work with so many fantastic people. Unlike other leaders who often sweep into office with their party caucus behind him, he didn't". Blunt and combative with the media, Ford has drawn comparisons with U.S. President Donald Trump, although he has tried to appeal to voters in the immigrant communities that sway elections in many Toronto suburbs.

But any election has more losers than winners, and last night was no exception.

Ford's election comes two years after the passing of his brother, Rob Ford, who served as mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014.

"I hope Doug Ford will keep his word for the parents and for the children". I've never put that one to the test, mostly because I've never encountered any sort of a wait, but I'll see if I can push it this time. "Doug Ford commits to working for the future of our children". He had won the mayoral election with a core of support in suburban Toronto, called "Ford Nation".



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