Ontario election agenda: What you need to know for June 8

The Tories win a majority government, the NDP becomes the official Opposition, the Liberals hang on to a handful of seats, and the Greens elect their first MPP
By Daniel Kitts - Published on June 8, 2018
PC leader Doug Ford walking past a campaign sign
Tory leader Doug Ford will become the 26th premier of Ontario. (Nathan Denette/CP)

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  • The Progressive Conservatives will form a majority government, and Doug Ford will become the 26th premier of Ontario. The PCs have 76 seats, the NDP 40, the Liberals seven, and the Greens one.
  • The leaders of all three main parties won their seats: Ford in Etobicoke North, Andrea Horwath in Hamilton Centre, and Kathleen Wynne in Don Valley West.
  • Green Party leader Mike Schreiner has become the first Green MPP in Ontario history after winning the riding of Guelph.
  • “We have sent a clear message to the world: Ontario is open for business,” Ford said in his victory speech. In a break with protocol, Ford did not wait for the losing party leaders to speak: he began his address just as Wynne took the podium at her campaign headquarters.
  • “I’ve spoken to premier designate Ford, and I did congratulate him on his achievement,” Horwath, the new leader of the official Opposition, told her supporters. “And I told the premier designate that New Democrats will work each and every day for the change that families need to make life better.” TVO.org’s John Michael McGrath was there and filed a report.
  • An emotional Wynne announced that she would be standing down as Liberal leader and “passing the torch” to a new generation. Although the Liberals won just a handful of seats, Wynne noted, “We’re still standing.”

Other ridings of note

  • Peggy Sattler of the NDP won in London West, defeating controversial PC candidate Andrew Lawton, who had been criticized for past Islamophobic and sexist remarks. 
  • NDP candidate Terence Devin Kernaghan took London North Centre, a riding that for years had been held by Liberal cabinet minister Deb Matthews, who decided not to run this time around.
  • Many of the NDP candidates that were criticized for being “too radical” have been elected: Jessica Bell in University–Rosedale, Jill Andrew in Toronto–St. Paul’s, Gurratan Singh in Brampton East, and Joel Harden in Ottawa Centre.
  • Liberal Jim Bradley, the second-longest-serving MPP in Ontario history, has been defeated in St. Catharines. He had served in the legislature since 1977.
  • Christine Elliott, the runner-up in the PC leadership race, is headed back to Queen’s Park as MPP for Newmarket–Aurora, having defeated Liberal environment and climate change minister Chris Ballard.
  • Some of the other Liberal cabinet ministers who have lost their seats include Charles Sousa, Indira Naidoo-Harris, Yasir Naqvi, Reza Moridi, Eleanor McMahon, Steven Del Duca, Bob Chiarelli, Kevin Flynn, Jeff Leal, Bill Mauro, Kathryn McGarry, Peter Milczyn, Daiene Vernille, Glenn Thibeault, Dipika Damerla, David Zimmer., and Laura Albanese.
  • PC candidate Goldie Ghamari, who has said she doesn’t believe in climate change, is headed to Queen’s Park as the MPP for Carleton.
  • The NDP won the two new ridings in the province’s far north: Mushkegowuk–James Bay and Kiiwetinoong. The New Democrats won most of the ridings in northern Ontario.
  • The children of prominent Tory politicians did well last night. Caroline Mulroney, daughter of the former prime minister, won in York–Simcoe, and Mike Harris, Jr., son of the former premier, won in Kitchener–Conestoga.
  • The Liberals had 55 seats before the election. They now have seven: Wynne (Don Valley West), Michael Coteau (Don Valley East), Mitzie Hunter (Scarborough–Guildwood), Michael Gravelle (Thunder Bay–Superior North), John Fraser (Ottawa South), Marie-France Lalonde (Orleans), and Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa–Vanier). Seven seats leaves them one short of official party status, which has serious implications.

What to watch for

  • Ford will hold a media availability at 11 a.m.
  • Horwath will hold a media availability at noon.
  • Wynne will hold a media availability at 2 p.m.
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