Ford Nation that captured a city and then lost it, now owns a province.
Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives marched to a majority government win in last night's Ontario election.
The NDP, that according to the polls were neck and neck with the PC's, finished second to form the official opposition, while the Liberals, lost not only official party status, winning just 7 seats, they needed 8, they are now looking for a new leader after Kathleen Wynne said she was stepping down.
And lost in the mix of hoopla and fretting over what a Doug Ford government will mean for Ontario, was the first election win in the province by a Green candidate, its leader Mike Schreiner in Guelph.
The PC's nearly let this election slip away, a big lead evaporated as the NDP's Andrea Horwath delivered a solid performance.
And there was this-- the party friction in the wake of leader Patrick Brown's resignation, the alleged theft of customer data from Highway 407, candidate nomination issues, and allegations by Rob Ford's wife that brother Doug had bilked her and the kids.
Ford appeared very robotic during the televised debates or when answering questions from the media--but he stuck to the script--buck a beer, lower taxes, lower hydro bills, lower gas prices, finding 6 billion dollars in efficiencies without offering an explanation how he was going to do it.
That didn't matter to many voters, tired of 15 years of Liberal rule and scandal.
The "money in your pocket" messaging struck a chord.
Soon after he won the premier's office, Ford took to the stage and said "The party with the taxpayers money is over, it's done. We have taken back Ontario. My friends, help is here!"