Doug Ford is the Next Premier of Ontario

Doug Ford is the Next Premier of Ontario

Common sense has swept leader Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservatives into power in Ontario.

Ford's Tories captured a majority by harnessing voters' economic anxiety and anger with a scandal-plagued Liberal government.

The Liberals saw a stunning collapse after leading the province for 15 years and capturing a majority government just four years ago.

Premier Kathleen Wynne, who narrowly hung on to her Toronto seat, embarrassingly resigned as Liberal leader and all but a handful of the staunchest Liberal ridings fell.

The NDP under Andrea Horwath will form the Official Opposition, marking a turnaround for a party consistently stuck in third place since Bob Rae's New Democratic government was defeated in 1995.

The P-C's captured 76 seats, the N-D-P took 40, the Liberals lost official party status by winning only seven seats and the Green party Leader Mike Schreiner won his riding for the party's first-ever Ontario seat.

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

Ford beat out establishment favourite Christine Elliott after former leader Patrick Brown stepped down over sexual misconduct allegations that he denies.

Under Ford, the Progressive Conservatives recaptured the province they have not led since 2003, overcoming the failings of the past three elections that saw them unable to defeat the Liberals.

Wynne admitted last weekend that her party would lose the election, but urged voters to elect enough Liberals to prevent the other parties from winning a majority government.

Wynne's low personal approval ratings helped drive the Liberals way down in the polls. The Liberal obsession with identity politics, radical social justice and Marxist ideology also left a bad taste in the mouths of Ontarians. 

Many of her cabinet ministers have been defeated.

The Liberals have been in government for the past 15 years.

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