PC’S win ma­jor­ity govern­ment, Mcdonell re­tains seat in SD&SG

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CORNWALL, On­tario - The On­tario Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive ( PC) Party won a ma­jor­ity govern­ment in the pro­vin­cial election on Thurs­day, June 7, 2018. Lo­cally, Jim Mcdonell re­tained his seat in Stor­mont, Dun­das and South Glen­garry for the PCS.

“This is great news, we have a Doug Ford PC ma­jor­ity govern­ment de­clared,” said Mcdonell in a me­dia scrum.of his party leader and new Premier elect Doug Ford, Mcdonell said that Ford had been pre­vi­ously por­trayed un­fairly in the me­dia.

“He’s not the way he has been por­trayed,” said Mcdonell. “He is a very com­mon sense and laid­back per­son.”

This is the third time that Mcdonell has been elected the MPP for Stor­mont, Dun­das, and South Glen­garry and the first time he will serve in the govern­ment at Queen’s Park.

At last check, with 59 of 87 rid­ing polls re­port­ing, Mcdonell se­cured18,793 votes out of a to­tal of 31,769 votes cast.

NDP can­di­dates Marc Benoit won 7,280 votes, Heather Megill of the On­tario Liberals se­cured 4,343 votes, Elaine Kennedy of the Greens took 1,330 and Sa­bile Trimm of the Lib­er­tar­ian party brought in 289 votes.

Mcdonell de­scribed his vi­sion for Stor­mont, Dun­das, and South Glen­garry in 2022 after four years of PC rule.

“I think we’ve lost a lot of busi­ness and in­dus­try over the years and we need to bring that back,” he said.

Mcdonell ex­plained that the next steps after this vic­tory was to meet with cau­cus some­time next week and get a lot of work done over the sum­mer in prepa­ra­tion for the be­gin­ning of the new leg­is­la­ture in Sep­tem­ber. The NDP story: NDP can­di­date Marc Benoit re­flected on the cam­paign at his of­fice on election night.

“This was a build­ing cam­paign,” Benoit said. “Morale has been low over the past cou­ple of years. In the past 28 days, we have re­built, we are rel­e­vant again.”

He ex­plained that his cam­paign started with a bud­get of $12,000 and that around $2,000 re­mained.

“If you want to know how to stretch a bud­get ask the work­ing- class party,” he said.

Benoit cred­ited his team for the hard work they did in help­ing him over the election process.

“I have a rock­star cam­paign man­ager,” Benoit said. The Lib­eral story: At Heather Megill’s cam­paign head­quar­ters, she re­flected on the cam­paign as a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“One thing I learned is that every­one needs help,” she said. “Our num­ber one ques­tions com­ing into this of­fice was about ODSP.”

“This was a life changing ex­pe­ri­ence, it wasn’t at all like I thought it would be,” said Megill. “It was very touch­ing.”

The On­tario Lib­eral Party only se­cured seven seats, which means that they lose of­fi­cial party sta­tus in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture. Other election facts: This election marked the first time the On­tario Green Party won a seat in the leg­is­la­ture, with their leader Mike Schreiner tak­ing the rid­ing of Guelph.

The On­tario Lib­eral Party took seven seats, which means that they will lose Of­fi­cial Party Sta­tus in the leg­is­la­ture.

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