Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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TORONTO - The Progressive Conservatives led by Doug Ford have surfed a big blue wave to power in Ontario, ending 15 years of Liberal government.

Ford rode a populist wave to power -- harnessing voters' economic anxiety and anger with a scandal-plagued Liberal government.

The P-C's captured 76 seats, the N-D-P took 40, the Liberals lost official party status by winning only seven seats and the Green party Leader Mike Schreiner won his riding for the party's first-ever Ontario seat.

Ford's election promises sometimes invited comparisons to U-S President Donald Trump and included income tax cuts, scrapping the Liberals' updated sex-ed curriculum and strong opposition to a carbon tax.

With a slogan of "For the People," Ford also rolled out several pledges with a populist appeal, from cutting gas prices by 10 cents a litre to introducing buck-a-beer to cutting hydro bills. …

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