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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:29:11 PM
 
Liberals win 2nd majority

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Oct 10, 2007 10:21 PM
Marissa Nelson
Staff Reporter, Toronto Star


Ontario's incumbent Liberals won their second majority government tonight — their first back-to-back majorities in 70 years — as they pulled away from the Progressive Conservatives.

The CBC declared the Liberals had won a majority about 45 minutes after the polls closed at 9 p.m. The Canadian Press followed suit at 9:53 p.m.

Mid-evening results showed the Liberals elected or leading in 70 ridings, with the Progressive Conservatives leading in 24. The New Democrats were leading in 13 ridings.

At dissolution, the Liberals held 67 seats in the Ontario legislature, the Conservatives 25, and the New Democrats 10, with one vacant seat.

Fifty-four seats is the threshold to cross to win a majority in the 103-seat Ontario legislature.

Premier Dalton McGuinty, who won his seat in Ottawa South, watched the results come in from his Ottawa hotel room. He became the first Liberal leader since Mitch Hepburn in 1937 to win back-to-back Liberal majorities.

New Democrat Leader Howard Hampton, was easily re-elected in his northern Ontario riding of Kenora-Rainy River.

Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory, meanwhile, was bracing for a resounding defeat, thanks largely to his controversial proposal to provide public funding to private religious schools.

All eyes are on the riding of Don Valley West right now, as Tory trailed Liberal Education Minister Kathleen Wynne — sometimes by as many as 1,000 votes. Tory said he plans to stay on as party leader, regardless of the results.

Green party Leader Frank De Jong cast his ballot in Toronto with the hope that his party's relatively strong showing in polls would translate into at least one seat in the legislature. Polls leading up to election day suggested the Greens had about 10 per cent popular support.

The polls opened at 9 a.m. ET at more than 29,000 polling stations in 107 ridings across the province. They closed at 9 p.m.

While all of the party leaders remained optimistic today, the political fate of Tory hung in the balance as he was left to count on last-minute undecided voters.

The main issue of the otherwise sedate 30-day campaign was Tory's suggestion that religious schools be publicly funded. McGuinty was immediately against the idea — as were many Conservative supporters - and although Tory said late in the campaign that he would put the issue forward for a free vote in the legislature, the damage was done.

Frank Klees, Conservative MPP for Newmarket-Aurora — who was expected to be relected — voiced his support for Tory's decision to support public funding for faith-based schools.

"We've had a text-book campaign," minutes after the polls closed. "(Tory) took a stand on an issue he believed in... I have the deepest respect for John Tory."

McGuinty's brother David McGuinty, an Ottawa MP, said: "We would have liked to have seen a bit more growth in the north," but credited his brother's discipline for keeping their campaign on track.

"We never went negative; we stayed on the high road."

An emotional Tory tried to stay optimistic today after watching his father cast a ballot in the close Toronto contest that will determine his future.

He faced a tough battle in his own riding of Don Valley West as he faced off against Liberal Education Minister Wynne.

McGuinty, meanwhile, was forced to weather a 30-day barrage of accusations from both Tory and Hampton that he's a man who's simply incapable of keeping his promises. Both opposition leaders cited the health premium levied early in McGuinty's first term after he had campaigned on a promise of no new taxes.

Meantime, Hampton said he's optimistic his party would make gains in this election and insisted it won't be his last.

"No, no, I like my job, I like doing this stuff," Hampton told reporters. "Despite what you sometimes may think."

One of the few sparks ignited during the campaign came a week ago in Hamilton when Hampton appeared to lose his temper while he was being questioned by reporters about Tory's school-funding plan.

After admonishing the media for being fixated on the one issue, he asked: "We've become the child poverty capital of Canada - don't any of you people care?"

Green Party Leader Frank De Jong hoped his party would secure at least one seat in the legislature.

"Outside of the (Greater Toronto Area), things have been going very, very well for the Green party, and in fact we're anticipating electing our first MPPs," he said.

"This time we're hoping to make history in Ontario."

The polls opened at 9 a.m. at more than 29,000 polling stations in 107 ridings across the province.

Ontario Chief Electoral Officer John Hollins said there was only one glitch reported at the polling stations early in the voting. A handful of election workers failed to show up to work in the riding of Etobicoke North, leaving the polling stations without enough ballot boxes.

Some voters had to wait as officials went door-to-door to reclaim the ballot boxes from the no-shows, Hollins said.

In addition to selecting their provincial representatives today, voters had another important decision to make - whether to usher in a new political era with a hybrid electoral system, or stick with the tried-and-true "first-past-the-post" standard.

The referendum question has been among the few distractions from an otherwise flat campaign that was punctuated only by the two significant moments of drama: a stunning climb-down by the Conservative leader and an angry outburst by the frustrated leader of the NDP.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:34:44 PM
 
тучинский продул, конечно. Победил Монте Квинтер в округе York centre. Есть справедливость на свете.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:36:53 PM
 
Sucks.

Очередной гвоздь в гроб среднего класса.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:39:08 PM
 
Нет, это кнопка под жирные задницы буржуев и их прихвостней. Народ-то все видит...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:42:21 PM
 
тамбовский волк тебе товарищ :)))
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:42:36 PM
 
Маджорити - плохо :-(
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:43:32 PM
 
«Sucks.

Очередной гвоздь в гроб среднего класса.»


Да ладно, какой там гвоздь. Хотя 600 долларов конечно деньги...
Да и с чего бы тебе вообще за средний класс радеть - не понимаю. Ты себя к нему причислил что ли, leopold? :-)
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Last edited by Taurus Volans XXIV on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:46:00 PM
 
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:44:58 PM
 
Ура, товарищи!

«Нет, это кнопка под жирные задницы буржуев и их прихвостней. Народ-то все видит...»

Мак-Гинти - коммунист?
За тобой уже выехала Лошадиная Полиция...гыгы.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:46:51 PM
 
Taurus Volans XXIV

««Sucks.

Очередной гвоздь в гроб среднего класса.»


Да ладно, какой там гвоздь. Хотя 600 долларов конечно деньги...»



именно,и денег они Миллеру не дадут,а это - новые налоги.
тут не 600 пахнет,а много чем еще.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:52:03 PM
 
А новая система-то прошла?
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:56:45 PM
 
Какой нах выиграл. Еще голоса не подсчитали.. Голосование закончилось только час назад!
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:57:21 PM
 
Торус, ето я не знаю ишо. А все-таки приятно видеть демкратию в действии, а то обычно ее суют везде не по назначению, слово это треплют не там где надо. Ну например, когда говорят про гей-парады, то суют в нос демократию. А в них как-раз демократией (властью народа) и не пахнет. Это решение меньшинства, пидараф в правительстве. А вот тут, на выборах, мы увидели демократию в действии. Как народ решил, так и стало. Приятственно.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:59:06 PM
 
Кащей, иди посмотри сам на результаты. Там и по Тучинскому есть, правда не расписано все сколько за него голосов, сколько за Квинтера, а просто сказано что Квинтер победил

http://www.nodice.ca/elections/ontario/
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:59:23 PM
 
«Какой нах выиграл. Еще голоса не подсчитали.. Голосование закончилось только час назад!»

Джона Тори даже не избрали в его округе. А по результатам для консерваторов - полный пролет. Повторение существующего парламента.

Референдум однозначно дал результат - нет избирательной реформе.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 11:06:42 PM
 
Народ проголосовал против реформы системы выборов. За существующую систему.

Ontario voters have rejected a proposed electoral reform that would have seen some provincial legislators chosen based on a party's share of the popular vote, CBC News projects.

The system was the subject of Ontario's first referendum in 83 years during the provincial election on Wednesday. However, Ontarians headed to the polls amid criticism and confusion over how officials spread the word about the mixed member proportional (MMP) plan.

As of 10 p.m. ET, with over 16,000 votes tallied, 63 per cent of voters had cast their ballots in favour of the existing first-past-the-post system, as had a majority in 55 of the 107 ridings.

The MMP proposal needed 60 per cent support to become the new electoral system. As well it had to win a majority in 64 ridings.

Polls closed at 9 p.m. ET and full results of the referendum were expected by 1 a.m. Thursday.

A citizens assembly was appointed by the previous Liberal government to study the issue. It recommended MMP to replace FPTP, which has been in place in Ontario for 215 years.
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