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Thursday, October 2, 2003

'Evil reptilian kitten-eater' wins Ontario election.

After a campaign that featured some the weirdest election rhetoric that Magpie has heard in a long time, Ontario voters have swept the Liberal Party into office. Preliminary returns show the Liberals taking 70 of the 103 seats in the province's Legislative Assembly, enabling them to form a majority government for the first time in 65 years. Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty—the man called an 'evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet' in a Tory press release— will be Ontario's new premier.

The election results are a major change in the fortunes of the Progressive Conservative Party and current Premier Ernie Eves. Last spring, the party was favored to win an election if it were called, and just a month ago polls showed the Tories and Liberals running neck-and-neck. But the 'kitten-eater' remark seems to have opened up a vein of dissatisfaction with Eves' government, based largely on scandals involving members of the provincial cabinet and problems around the privatization of Ontario Hydro, the provincially owned electric utility.

The election may also be a setback for the New Democrats. Earlier this week, NDP leader Howard Hampton had been predicting that is party would outpoll the Conservatives to become the official opposition in the Legislative Assembly. Current returns show the NDP winning only eight seats, down one from their number in the last assembly.

For more on the 'kitten eater' press release, see this earlier post.

Update: The Globe & Mail reports the final results as:

Liberals 72 seats (+36)
Progressive Conservatives 24 seats (-32)
New Democrats 7 seats (-2)

As a result of the election, the NDP has lost 'official party' status in the province, despite its share of the vote going up 2.6 percent.

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