I truly hope he means it when he says it's a new day for Ontario and that his team is up to the challenge.
It will be tremendously hard for the Liberals to bounce back without official party status, since they will no longer have access to legislative supports such as research assistance, she said.
The premier-designate, who secured a majority a day earlier with a slew of populist promises, said his first order of business would be to scrutinize the province's books.
She told a crowd of visibly disappointed supporters that it was time for her to pass the torch to another generation.
Ford was frequently accused during the election campaign of failing to be transparent by dodging calls to release a fully costed platform.
"I am humbled that Ontarians have asked us to serve as the new Official Opposition", a beaming Horwath told them.
"If Doug Ford does a good job and people like what he's doing, that momentum is something that Kenney can piggyback on", Williams said. "The combination of experience and expertise of the private and public sectors across the province will ensure the continued deliver of high quality infrastructure on time, on budget, with full value for money to the taxpayer", added Romoff.
And he promises to work to win the support of those who did not vote for him.
Nearing the end of an embattled provincial campaign, Wynne conceded a week in advance of the polls closing in a bid to protect as many Liberal candidates as possible.
Almost every Liberal cabinet minister was defeated, including Yasir Naqvi, Charles Sousa, Glenn Thibeault, Steven Del Duca, Kevin Flynn, Eleanor McMahon and Chris Ballard. She was premier for five years and the Liberals had been in power for 15 years.
"I also thank [previous Ontario premier] Kathleen Wynne for her years of service as Premier".
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Under Ford, the Progressive Conservatives recaptured the province they have not led since 2003, overcoming the failings of the past three elections that saw them unable to defeat the Liberals.
And Treasury Board President Eleanor McMahon lost to Tory Jane McKenna in the Burlington riding.
The leader of Alberta's United Conservative Party says a change in Ontario's government will help in the fight against the federal carbon tax.
The election has also marked a stunning collapse for the Liberals, who governed the province for the last 15 years. Ford has vowed to scrap a cap-and-trade program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and to cut corporate and personal taxes.
But just as Chretien ran against Harris, Trudeau may find the polarizing Ford to be a useful foil for demonstrating his progressive values in the next federal campaign.
The 53-year-old politician was elected party leader in March after Patrick Brown stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations he denies. The Greens took one seat in the race.
Over in Guelph, Mike Schreiner became the first Green Party candidate elected in Ontario. Horwath also won in her electoral district of Hamilton Centre with 49 per cent of the vote.
Wynne admitted last weekend that her party would lose the election, but urged voters to elect enough Liberals to prevent the other parties from winning a majority government.
Horwath's campaign slogan was "Change for the better".
Voters in Ontario had a single-minded fixation on sending Kathleen Wynne into history as the resignation-forced Liberal leader of what is now an unofficial party reduced to the ragtag rubble of seven political dwarfs.
They will need at least eight seats to retain official party status. "So we are seeing more people take advantage of that vote-by-mail ballot than we are showing up at a vote center".