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Beverly Darm, an election clerk at the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters, inspects a mail-in ballot May 30, 2018, in Sacramento.

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has won in his riding in the west-Toronto suburb of Etobicoke North. Premier Kathleen Wynne, who narrowly hung on to her seat, resigned as Liberal leader and all but a handful of the staunchest Liberal ridings fell.

In his victory speech near Toronto, a beaming Ford declared Ontario is "open for business", pledging his government will usher in "an era of economic prosperity the likes of which Ontario has never seen before".

For Horwath it would certainly have been her last election as leader had she landed in third place yet again. "I am passing the torch", she said.

Put it another way: intentionally or not, voters managed to send to Queen's Park a Liberal caucus that represents a continuation of at least part of Wynne's leadership - not a wholesale repudiation of it.

Ford, 53, is the brother of the late mayor of Toronto Rob Ford, who made global news in 2013 when he admitted to smoking crack cocaine.

While the election was called just 15 minutes after polls closed, with a PC majority government, the rest of the tallying was a nail-biter for the Liberals.

"When I get elected we'll sit down and we'll make that decision", said Progressive Conservative leader at a campaign meeting in Sault Ste Marie, Not, reports HuffPost. Many of Ford's campaign promises aimed to make life in Ontario more affordable - slashing income taxes and gasoline prices, while vowing to increase spending on health care and public transit. Rob Ford died of cancer in March 2016.

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He added, however, that he could pull them out of the country quickly if necessary. "Utter idiocy. You can't describe this as anything other than a joke".

Being a recognized party in the legislature allows parties to have an office for their leader and access resources such as research assistance, but the threshold required for the designation can be changed by legislators, as has been in the past.

Ontario's new premier is undecided over whether he will attend Toronto's annual Pride parade later this month - and has previously said it is an event where men run down the street "buck naked".

Doug Ford's resounding victory in the country's most populous province is bad news for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the federal-provincial relations front - particularly on the climate change file where the two are on a "collision course", as one veteran Liberal MP candidly admitted Friday.

She said she had stayed focused on her campaign throughout and was looking forward to leading the official Opposition.

Ford won a majority government in Thursday's provincial election on a platform that included a pledge to scrap Ontario's cap-and-trade carbon pricing system.

The governing Liberals, who have been in power for the past 15 years, are fighting for survival following Premier Kathleen Wynne's stunning admission of defeat last week. Furthermore, the Liberal party won't be able to regain official party status until the next election is held four years from now. So you'll have to decide whether you want to vote in Democratic Primary races or Republican Primary races.

As a result, Elections Ontario has extended voting hours in seven locations.

Jarboe says so far the numbers suggest the majority of voters will be using the new mail-in drop box system.

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