Kathleen Wynne ready to 'pass the torch,' quits as Ontario Liberal leader

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Trudeau also said on Twitter that "Ontarians have voted for change". Wynne has led her Liberals from government to third-party status - indeed, the Grits are now sitting at seven MPPs, one fewer than is required for recognized-party status.

"If they (the Conservatives) manage to have a plan to bring the budget back into line, it should be good for the province", Hosen Marjaee, senior managing director, Canadian fixed income at Manulife Asset Management, said before the election results.

"We need to reconnect with each other now that the election is over and with our communities and use that same capacity that we have had for many, many years to rebuild", she said.

Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu says Ford's election victory is a wake-up call for the Trudeau Liberals to pay attention to public concerns over taxing carbon.

Barrett and Faulkner are the only returning candidates from the 2014 race, though the Liberals, Libertarian, and NDP parties were all represented.

Straight-laced Scheer got a taste of that earlier this week when he was asked how he feels about being associated politically with someone who allegedly dealt drugs in his youth and whose family members, notably late Toronto mayor Rob Ford, have struggled with drug addiction.

Ford's stripped down platform with its focus on cutting taxes and eliminating the "six-million-dollar man", the CEO at Hydro One, putting booze in the corner stores and generally getting government out of people's faces clearly resonated with a lot of voters after 15 years of a more paternalistic-style governing under the Liberals. "We owe so much to Rob's legacy - a legacy of service to the people, a legacy started by my father Doug Ford Sr. and a legacy that will continue".

Schreiner finished third in his riding in Guelph, Ont., during the last election, narrowly behind the Progressive Conservative candidate.

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Wynne's own fate as an MPP was in doubt after she spoke, but close to 11:30 p.m., CBC declared she would hold her Don Valley West riding by fewer than 200 votes.

Still, Horwath would prove highly effective as Opposition leader, observers said.

But at the time, she urged voters to cast their ballots for her party to try to stop the PCs and NDP from winning majority governments.

In his note of congratulations to incoming premier Doug Ford, Toronto Mayor John Tory congratulated Wynne and NDP Andrea Horwath on "hard fought campaigns". "You have come together around one common vision of Ontario", Ford, 53, told cheering supporters in Etobicoke.

"He ran a campaign of slogan", said Chris Waddell, a professor at Carleton University's school of journalism and communications in Ottawa.

While it might just be an oversight on his part, he did take the time to tweet out a congratulations to Doug Ford on his win. Furthermore, the Liberal party won't be able to regain official party status until the next election is held four years from now. Some electors may be voting in a different location or electoral district for this election.

If you have not registered to vote, there's still time, thanks to a new law.

"They've been laid lower than they've ever been before, (their loss) is not the single worst disaster for a major political party in Canada but it ranks up there", he said.

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