Projected to happen by most polls, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario led by Doug Ford has won the majority of seats in the 2018 Ontario election.
Quick Take: Brampton’s Results
Ford’s new government will be joined by two candidates from Brampton, Prabmeet Sarkaria from Brampton South and Amarjot Sandhu from Brampton West.
The remaining three seats will be represented by Kevin Yarde in Brampton North, Gurratan Singh in Brampton East, and Sara Singh in Brampton Centre. Yarde won by 497 votes over Ripudaman Dhillon (PC). Gurratan Singh won by 4,975 votes over Sudeep Verma (PC).
All of these candidates are from the New Democratic Party. The NDP will form Ontario’s opposition party.
The closest race in Brampton throughout the night was the fight for Brampton Centre. Sara Singh and Harjit Jaswal were neck and neck. At one point, the results had the two top contenders tied. Sara won by only 89 votes over Harjit.
The Liberal Party, which previously had two seats in Brampton and 55 overall, now only has six seats. The Green Party’s Mike Schreiner has won the riding of Guelph, the very first time the Greens have been elected to the provincial legislature.
Voter turnout among Bramptonians was 51.34 per cent on average.
The Progressive Conservative Party ran on a platform that included scrapping the carbon tax, reducing gas prices by 10 cents a litre, lowering hydro bills by 12 per cent, a line-by-line audit of government expenses, and more funding for health care. And famously, the buck-a-beer promise.
The new provincial government will officially start the 42nd session of the Ontario legislature on September 12, 2018.
Feature photo – Bruce Reeve (CC BY-SA 2.0)