Doug Ford has been re-elected as Prime Minister of Ontario with a majority government, Nation World News announced.
Voting closed across the province at 9 p.m. on Thursday, shortly after Nation World News announced the Progressive Conservative leader as the winner of the 2022 election.
Nation World News also declared the Ontario New Democratic Party led by Andrea Horvath as the official opposition.
Both Ford and Horvath have been relegated to their rides of Etobicoke North and Hamilton Center.
Meanwhile, Liberal leader Steven Del Duca has lost his seat in Vaughan-Woodridge.
Ford has been at the forefront of the polls for months, leading in nearly every election in both general party support and the top choice for the premiership.
The 57-year-old first entered provincial politics in 2018 after serving eight years as a city councilor in Toronto. In her first election, she was able to oust Kathleen Wynne, ending the Ontario Liberal Party’s 15-year rule in the province.
Despite his many years of public service, Ford tends to brand himself as a businessman and builder—someone who says “yes” to projects and promises to “get it done.”
In 2018, he promised that under his leadership Ontario would be “open for business” and would usher in an era of “economic growth and prosperity”.
This time, he focused on building new infrastructure, such as Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass, in addition to new hospitals and long-term care.
Ford’s success comes from its ability to portray itself as accessible and understand the plight of the working class. Their early promises were all about affordability—such as license plate renewal fee waivers, which saved families about $120 per year and six months of gas and fuel tax cuts—with pledges that would put money back in Ontario’s pockets. were taken.
He was able to win many high-profile endorsements from municipal and union leaders in the process.
Ford’s popularity has fluctuated greatly over the past four years. At the start of his first term in office, the PC leader made substantial cuts in several ministries, including health and environment.
But when the pandemic hit in March 2020, Ford was able to position himself as a level-headed leader, using daily news conferences as a means to inform the public and many policy announcements was.
Ford has acknowledged that the pandemic was one of his toughest times as a politician; And while liberals and the Ontario NDP have often criticized the PC for lifting mandates and handling long-term care outbreaks, it doesn’t seem to have made that much of a difference in terms of voter support.
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