Prime Minister Doug Ford and his progressive conservatives sailed to a resounding victory on election night, in every corner of the province and in every ride in his hometown of Etobicoke.
In fact, Ford defeated his political opponents. Both NDP leader Andrea Horwath and Liberal leader Steven Del Duca resigned. While Horwath won her Hamilton Center seat, Del Duca lost his during his Vaughan-Woodbridge ride.
Voters returned Ford’s PCs to an expanded majority government with 83 of Ontario’s 124 legislature seats, up from 67 rides at the house’s dissolution.
“We’re commemorating our party…and tonight we changed what it means to be a Progressive Conservative in Ontario,” Ford told cheering supporters on election night at the Toronto Congress Center on his Etobicoke North ride.
“This is my proudest achievement as leader of this party, building a new coalition, expanding our base, creating a more inclusive party where everyone matters because never in our lives has it been more important for a party to represent all of Ontario. ” he said.
Ford took 55 percent of the vote in his Etobicoke North.
The New Democrats remain the opposition, having won 31 seats, against 38 seats in the dissolution of the legislature. The Liberals failed to achieve party status – winning eight seats, one more than their 2018 election result.
At Etobicoke Centre, progressive conservative incumbent Kinga Surma handily held the ride with 49 percent of the vote, surpassing her 2018 result of 43 percent of the vote.
“Prime Minister Doug Ford killed it tonight,” Surma said, entering her party under a blast of blue-and-white confetti at her campaign headquarters in Richview Square Plaza.
“This is the biggest majority in Ontario’s history and that’s huge.”
The now two-term Etobicoke Center MPP summed up its victory and Doug Ford’s progressive conservatives won a second majority government in Ontario.
“What I think is the most important is what is possible when you work together, when you fight hard and stand as a unit,” she said.
Etobicoke-Lakeshore Progressive Conservative incumbent Christine Hogarth had a much harder time.
Hogarth won 37 percent of the vote, but won just 803 more votes, or 1.67 percent more votes, then Liberal Jill Fairclough, who resigned as president of St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, Ont. run.
In the 2018 election, Hogarth won 38 percent of the vote, ahead of both the NDP’s Phil Trotter, who took 33 percent, and Liberal incumbent Peter Milzyn, who took 24 percent.
Ontario’s 2022 election registered the lowest turnout in history, with just 43.55 percent of eligible voters casting a vote, according to preliminary Ontario election results.
Here’s a rundown of the top finishers in Etobicoke’s three stages:
ETOBICOKE CENTER: PC Kinga Surma 21,999 (48.61%); Liberal Noel Semple 15,403 (34.04%); NDP Heather Vickers-Wong 3,886 (8.59%)
ETOBICOKE LAKESHORE: PC Christine Hogarth 17,966 (37.44%); Liberal Lee Fairclough 17,163 (35.77%); NDP Farheen Alim 8,595 (17.91%)
ETOBICOKE NORTH: PC Doug Ford 13,845 (55.35%); Liberal Julie Lutete 5885 (23.53); NDP Aisha Jahangir 3,288 (13.14%).
-With files from Toronto Star