Ontario Election Results

June 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Voters in Ontario went to the polls on June 7 to vote in the 2018 Provincial Election. The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario was elected to majority government, led by premier-designate Doug Ford. The Ontario New Democratic Party will form the Official Opposition, upon the return of the Legislature. The McMaster Students Union looks forward to representing the interest of undergraduate students to the new provincial government. In addition, the MSU looks forward to working with the newly elected MPP Sandy Shaw of the NDP, for the riding of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, in which McMaster Unvieristy is located. Throughout the campaign, Shaw demonstrated a genuine interest in working with the MSU to prioritize student issues, including an affordable and accessible post-secondary education system.

Additionally, the MSU would like to thank Ted McMeekin, who has served as MPP since 2000, in the now defunct riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding. Ted was an unwavering supporter of students, the McMaster community and Hamilton more generally. Ted was a strong advocate for students and the University, helping secure $45.5 million in provincial funding for the Wilson Building, a $1 billion commitment to the construction of light rail transit (LRT) and establishing the Hamilton Post-Secondary Advisory Group. One of numerous government policy changes to come the recommendations of the advisory group was the MSU’s advise to change back-end tax credits into upfront grants.  The provincial government used this strategy to enacts its recent OSAP, reforms resulting in increased financial assistance.

This year’s provincial election marked the highest voter turnout since 1999 with 58% of eligible voters casting a ballot. Across 124 ridings, the PCs won 76 seats, the NDP won 40 seats, the Liberals won 7 seats, and the Green Party won their first ever seat.

For an in-depth analysis of the province-wide election night results visit: https://www.elections.on.ca/en/election-results/provincial-results.html

For more information about the provincial election visit:
https://www.msumcmaster.ca/macvotes

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