Remember Toronto's Crack Mayor? His Brother Doug Ford Has Just Been Elected Ontario Premier

The brother of late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who made headlines worldwide as Canada's "crack mayor" on account of his drug use, is the new leader of the province of Ontario.

Doug Ford's victory puts the Ontario Progressive Conservatives in power with a majority government, bringing a nearly 15-year reign of Liberal power in the province to an end.

"Tonight the people of Ontario have spoken," Ford said in a speech celebrating his victory with supporters in Toronto, which was aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

"Together we have made history. We have taken back Ontario. We have delivered a government that is for the people," he said.

Thank you, Ontario! The party with the taxpayers' money is over. Together, we will get this province back on track. #pcpo #onpoli #onelxn

— Doug Ford (@fordnation) June 8, 2018

His party won 76 of the 124 seats in the province, with 99 percent of the polls reporting, according to the official Ontario Elections website.

The brother of Rob Ford, who died of cancer in 2016, led the Conservatives to victory on a populist campaign, earning him the title of "Canada's Donald Trump" in headlines.

The populist politician promised a tax cut for the middle class and corporations, and vowed to boost spending on health care and transit, as well as cutting the cost of hydro and gasoline.

He campaigned on the promise of a "Ford Nation," the name the brothers adopted years ago to represent the populist Conservative agenda they shared.

From left: Then-Councillor Doug Ford and former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at a Toronto City Council meeting at City Hall on November 15, 2013. Rob Ford died of cancer in 2016. Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Getty

In his victory speech, Ford paid an emotional tribute to his younger sibling, saying, "I know my brother Rob is looking down from heaven.

"I'm getting chills just talking about him right now. I know Rob is celebrating with us tonight. We owe so much to Rob's legacy," he said.

Just days before the election, Renata Ford, Rob Ford's widow, launched a C$16.5 million lawsuit against Doug, accusing the politician of being "negligent" as a business manager of the company Deco Labels, which the Ford brothers had inherited from their father.

The controversy was not enough, however, to threaten Ford's chances, with the Conservatives ultimately winning more than 40 percent of the vote. The left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) is set to form the Official Opposition with just over 33.5 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile, the Liberal party, led by Kathleen Wynne, the first female premier of Ontario and the first openly LGBT premier in Canada, suffered a historic loss, losing the majority of its seats at Queen's Park with the lowest share of the popular vote the party has ever seen.

The Liberals won just under 20 percent of the vote after a heated election race that came amid growing frustrations over the Wynne government's handling of the sale of Hydro One, education and electricity costs, among other issues.

The premier had also inherited a major controversy around her predecessor Dalton McGuinty's decision to cancel two gas-fired power plants in a bid to save seats in the 2011 election, at the cost of as much as an estimated C$1.1 billion dollars.

Stepping down as Liberal leader, Wynne said her speech was "not a concession speech," admitting that she had "conceded days ago."

"This is my chance to say thank you for allowing me to be premier, allowing me to connect with so many of you the last five years," she told supporters Thursday night.

"I know that tonight is not the result we were looking for, and no one feels that more sharply than I do, but this is not a moment where any of us should linger. We can't stay here," Wynne said, adding, "I hope that you can feel very proud of what we have done together in the past and absolutely determined to take on the task that lies ahead."

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