Doug Ford’s PCs Win Second Majority Government in Ontario

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
June 2, 2022 Updated: June 3, 2022

Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives won a second majority government in the country’s most populous province on June 2.

The Ontario NDP will form the Official Opposition again, while the Liberals, who were in government before the 2018 provincial election, remain in third spot. The leaders of both parties have said they will step down.

The PCs grew their number of seats in the election to 83, an increase of seven seats compared to the 2018 election, while the NDP got 31 seats, losing nine seats compared to 2018 . The Liberals gained one seat compared to four years ago, winning a total of eight seats, while the Greens held on to their single seat.

Thanking the people of Ontario for their vote, Ford centred his victory speech on jobs, in line with the PC’s focus during the election campaign.

“If you are a miner in the north who is out of work, I want you to know we are building that road to the Ring of Fire. If you’ve had to worry about your job at the local auto plan, I want you to know we are investing in the future of Ontario’s auto sector,” he said to applause by supporters.

“If you are a student who wants to work in the tech sector, we will have a job waiting for you. If you are a newcomer with a degree who can’t get a job in your field, we’ll make sure you can get credentials you need. This is what we’re working for.”

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Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wipes away a tear as she announces her resignation as party leader during her campaign event in Hamilton on June 2, 2022. (The Canadian Press/Tara Walton)

In her own post-election speech, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said it’s time for her to step down as leader.

“My commitment to you is never going to waver and I’m going to keep working to earn your confidence each and every day,” she said in an emotional speech. “I’m going to keep doing that, but tonight, it’s time for me to pass the torch, to pass the baton, to hand off the leadership of the NDP. It makes me sad, but it makes me happy because our team is so strong.”

This was Horwath’s fourth election as NDP leader.

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca, who lost his riding of Vaughan−Woodbridge, also said he is stepping down. His party once again failed to win enough seats to secure official party status.

“This isn’t the outcome that we had hoped for, and work hard for,” Del Duca said in his post-election speech, adding that he was disappointed that he didn’t win the seat in his own riding.

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner was re-elected in Guelph, allowing the Greens to maintain one MPP in the legislature.

Independent candidate Bobbi Ann Brady won in the riding of Haldimand-Norfolk with over 35 percent of the vote, ahead of the PC contender with 30 percent. Brady used to be executive assistant to the riding’s former MPP Toby Barrett, who was a PC. Barrett supported Brady’s campaign.

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Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca looks on from the stage after stepping down as party leader on election night in Vaughan, Ont., on June 2, 2022. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)

Voting at some polling stations was extended, in some cases by as much as two hours beyond the 9 p.m. deadline, due to delays in the start of voting and technical issues.

More than one million people voted in advance polls, with a sharp rise in mail-in ballots compared to the 2018 election.

Among the issues the parties campaigned on were housing and cost of living, as the country faces inflation figures at three-decade-high levels.

In a pre-election budget tabled in April, Ford promised billions of dollars of spending on infrastructure projects and outlined a tax credit for low-income earners. During the campaign, the PCs promised building more homes and said they are removing tolls on some highways.

The NDP focused their campaign on a pharmacare program for all Ontarians, hiring and training more nurses, raising the minimum wage, and building more affordable homes.

The Liberals also planned to increase the minimum wage, while promising lower transit fares, building more homes, and clearing health-care backlogs.

The Greens focused on net-zero emission goals, increasing the minimum wage, and building affordable communities.

The fledgling conservative parties, the New Blue Party and the Ontario Party, which each had one MPP in the previous legislature, didn’t win any seats in the election. The two parties are focused on small-government principles, with New Blue focusing on growing the economy and reforming education, and the Ontario Party focusing on “Freedom, Family, and Faith.”

The Canadian Press and Reuters contributed to this report.