Brother of late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford new Ontario premier

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The premier-designate, who secured a majority a day earlier with a slew of populist promises, said his first order of business would be to scrutinize the province's books. "There is another generation, and I am passing the torch to that generation", she said. The crowd booed again when news came that Horwath won her Hamilton riding.

"This is not a concession speech - I conceded days ago", Wynne said.

Ford, whose favourite campaign slogan was "Help in on the way", tells the cheering crowd "Help is here". "The party with the taxpayers' money is over - it's done".

And he promises to work to win the support of those who did not vote for him. In the statement buried at the very bottom was a small one-liner saying, "I also thank Kathleen Wynne for her years of service as Premier".

Wynne's low personal approval ratings helped drive the Liberals way down in the polls. Ford's party will win the majority of seats in the province of Ontario's legislature, ending 15 years of Liberal rule and giving him broad powers to pass legislation, the networks forecast.

Speaking to supporters Monday night, Wynne said she will be stepping down as leader of her party.

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More than 280,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2018 Ontario provincial election.

Wynne spoke at a press conference at Queen's Park the day after resigning as Ontario Liberal Party leader.

Ford, who has positioned himself as a champion of "the little guy" and has been compared to U.S. President Donald Trump, is wealthy businessman.

The election has also marked a stunning collapse for the Liberals, who governed the province for the last 15 years. "The Ontario PCs are strongly committed to fighting Justin Trudeau's Federal carbon tax, and joining a future Alberta government in defending Canada's resource industries", Kenney said, adding the Liberal defeat was a massive repudiation of the failed energy policies pursued by Alberta's government.

By contrast, the NDP appeared poised to win nearly all the ridings in downtown Toronto, with big gains in Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke.

After months of polling, campaigning, mini scandals and sniping back and forth between political parties, Ontarians have finally passed their judgment on this provincial election campaign.and the province has gone blue.

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As Tory leader, Ford rolled out several popular promises, from cutting gas prices by 10 cents a litre to introducing buck-a-beer to cutting hydro bills. He dismissed allegations that he was involved in selling bogus Progressive Conservative party memberships, a candidate was dropped following accusations he was involved in an alleged theft of customer data at a toll highway operator, and Ford was frequently accused of failing to be transparent by dodging calls to release a fully costed platform.

The last few days of Ford's campaign were dominated by news of a lawsuit against him from Rob Ford's widow alleging mismanagement of the family business. The Liberals had seven, and appeared poised to fall one seat short of "recognized party" status in the legislature. Greg Rickford handily won in Kenora Rainy River.

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford repeatedly slammed Horwath's roster of candidates as radical and inexperienced.

Horwath easily ran her best campaign with a well-organized agenda, clever and effective ads, and she at the centre with her now trademark accessible charm.

As of 4 p.m. ET this afternoon, 2,166 schools had reported their election results, representing all 124 electoral districts in the province. A spokeswoman advised all voters to check their voter information cards or the Elections Ontario website for accurate information about where to vote.

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