Progressive Conservative Doug Ford, Rob Ford’s Brother, Wins Ontario Premier Election
Progressive Conservative Doug Ford defeated Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne on Thursday, making him the next premier of Ontario, Canada’s most populated province.
“We have taken back Ontario,” Ford said after his win.
Ford is the brother of the late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who admitted to smoking crack cocaine while in office. “I know my brother Rob is looking down from heaven,” Ford told his supporters. His brother died from cancer in 2016.
The premier-designate has been compared to President Donald Trump, for both oppose carbon taxes and promises income tax cuts.
“Together we made history, we have taken back Ontario. We have delivered a government that is for the people,” Ford said in a victory speech at Toronto.
Ford’s party holds 76 seats in the 124-seat house, holding the majority over the NDP, Liberals and Greens.
Previously, Ford was the Toronto city councilor and a businessman. He only served one term on the Toronto City Council, his only political experience, after replacing politician Patrick Brown who stepped down due to allegations of sexual misconduct in January.
Like most elections, controversy stirred up just days before voting day. It was uncovered that his brother’s widowed wife was filing a lawsuit against the businessman for more than $16 million for mismanaging the estate of his brother. Apparently, this caused his survived family financial trouble. Her claim also states that Ford ruined the value of the family company, Deco Labels, by poorly running it.
Now, Ford will be picking the first Progressive Conservative cabinet in Ontario in 15 years. Also, he has promised to end cap and trade, reduce business taxes and a tax rebate for child care.
Ford shared encouraging words about his term in office for Ontario:
“My friends, help is here. Our team will work every single day to deliver this vision. We will work every single day for a better Ontario, a better future and a brighter future for our children.”