The Premier-designate held his first news conference Friday after leading his Progressive Conservatives to a majority.
She told a crowd of visibly disappointed supporters that it was time for her to pass the torch to another generation.
It was mission accomplished last night - and that made the considerable risks inherent in a Ford majority tolerable.
Led by Andrea Horwath, the NDP earned 34% of the vote.
"I was concerned how many times does it happen?" he said.
Closer to home, UCP Leader Jason Kenney offered his congratulations to fellow conservative Ford.
The Tories won the election without having committed to anything remotely like a comprehensive policy plan, and their leader has yet to spend even a single minute working as an MPP, much less head of cabinet.
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A Taliban spokesman claimed its fighters killed 35 soldiers and captured six others besides seizing military vehicles and weapons. He added that eight Taliban attackers were killed and more than a dozen others were wounded during the gun battle.
Doug Ford, whose populist message of smaller government and tax cuts drew comparisons to Donald Trump, will be the next premier of Canada's most populous province and economic engine.
Of course she had wanted to accomplish a lot, Horwath said, "but we now have another job, and the people of Ontario have asked us to hold this Ford Conservative government to account".
Likewise, one of Canada's biggest anti-abortion organizations issued a statement celebrating the "end of Wynne's reign of terror" and adding they're "optimistic" Ford will "uphold his campaign promises to repeal and replace Kathleen Wynne's radical sex-ed curriculum as an "early priority" in his administration".
In the weeks immediately following the NDP's stunning 2015 breakthrough in Alberta, Mulcair's federal party vaulted into the lead in national public opinion polls, riding Notley's coattails.
"Anyone who thinks they can vote twice because they got two ballots, they need to think again", she said.
The Mayor also thanked Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberal Government "for all they have done for the City of Ottawa over the last 15 years".
The Liberals appear to have lost party status, with only 7 members elected. Wynne was defeated in her district of Don Valley West by Ontario NDP candidate Amara Possian; Wynne received 26 per cent of votes cast, compared to Possian's 30 per cent.
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Kim Kardashian West tweeted about a conversation she had with Johnson Wednesday morning after the president commuted her sentence. The decision has been made a week after Kim Kardashian West pleaded her case in a meeting with Trump at Oval Office.
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"We are modernizing Ontario's elections in a measured and principled way to give electors a better voting experience", said Greg Essensa, Ontario's chief electoral officer.
Kathleen Wynne, who stepped down as Liberal leader after the party's dramatic downfall, said she hopes premier-designate Doug Ford will change the rules to grant the designation, which now requires eight seats in the legislature. I'm just getting chills talking about him right now", Ford said during his victory speech, "I know Rob is celebrating with us tonight.
Ford positioned himself during the campaign as a defender of "the little guy", promising to lower taxes, cut hydro rates and eliminate the province's cap-and-trade-system.
Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford.
Ford, 53, is the brother of the late mayor of Toronto Rob Ford, who made worldwide news in 2013 when he admitted to smoking crack cocaine.
The 53-year-old politician was elected party leader in March after Patrick Brown stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations he denies.
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Regarding how often that happens, Ricciardo said: "I wouldn't say a lot, but we have a pretty good off-track relationship". Mercedes were first out in Q3 and smashed the records, Bottas topping Hamilton in 1:10.857 before Vettel beat that.