Premier Doug Ford to speak to his supporters at Toronto Congress Centre

Jun 2, 2022 | Headlines, Ontario Election 2022

By Risi Bello and Tarek Youzbashi

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to speak to his supporters at his home riding in Etobicoke North later this evening.

Humber News reporter Liam Mccurry is standing by at the Toronto Congress Centre where the PC leader is expected to deliver his speech.

It is still a bit quiet at the centre as more Ford supporters continue to gather at the Dixon Road-Highway 27 facility.

A few supporters are dressed up in blazers and dresses.

Ford, 57, is from Etobicoke, where he reportedly will be watching the results from his family home before joining his supporters.

He is running against several candidates, including Aisha Jahngir of the NDP, Gabriel Blanc of the Green Party and Julie Lutete of the Liberal party. 

This is Ford’s second election as PC Leader as he was first elected in March 2018 after winning a 76-seat majority.

The PCs’ promises mainly focused on building more highways and hospitals, along with attracting more lucrative job opportunities. 

Housing was one of the main issues the PCs have focused on promising to add 1.5 million new homes across the province over the next 10 years.

The PCs’ motto, “Let’s get it done,” has been their anchor in allocating more than $40 billion in promises this election.  

The party has also made it clear that if re-elected they would ensure the province is well prepared for any future emergencies by spending more than $40 billion to increase capacity across the healthcare system over the next 10 years along with improving the healthcare infrastructure. 

They pledged to pay incentive payments of up to $5,000 to nursing staff who stay in their current positions for the next two years. 

The Progressive Conservative plan included addressing the needs of the elderly. They promised to offer low-to-moderate income seniors support by increasing the credit maximum amount. 

By allocating $14 billion over the next 10 years, the party promised to build more schools across Ontario. 

The party’s plan to lower emissions by investing in clean steel-making technology was also one of the many promises of their campaign. 

Ford’s gas tax cut was proposed to put extra funding into Ontario Businesses and families by “committing to temporarily cut the gas tax for six months by 5.7 cents per litre and the fuel tax by 5.3 cents.” 

Transportation has also made up a good share of the promises by the PCs as they pledged to spend about $25 billion on improving the roadway infrastructure in Ontario, including the construction of Highway 413.

For more information about PC’s leader Doug Ford, check out his election profile conducted by Humber News: