Evening Update: Voter turnout hits lowest level in Ontario election that gave PCs their second majority

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There was little discussion in this week’s Ontario election (which saw Premier Doug Ford win a second majority government) of the long-term fiscal undercurrents that threaten the province’s currently booming economy. Economic growth will slow, interest rates will rise and an aging population will put increasing pressure on spending, with permanent budget deficits on the horizon within a decade. Economic and productivity growth were not exactly a campaign issue. And the current labor shortage is just a taste of the problems to come, writes Patrick Brethour in his analysis of the election.

In addition, voter turnout hit a historic low in this election. According to Elections Ontario, about 43% of eligible voters cast ballots in Thursday’s poll, up from 57% in 2018.

There were 124 seats in the Legislative Assembly up for grabs this spring, and any party hoping for a majority needed to win at least 63. At dissolution, the Progressive Conservatives had 67, the New Democrats 38, the Liberals seven and the greens one, with independents and holidays. doing the rest. As of Friday morning, Doug Ford’s PCs were elected or leading in 83 seats, including 31 for the NDP, eight for the Liberals, one Green and one Independent. See a full breakdown of what the games won and lost in the new Queen’s Park.

The leaders of the NDP and Liberals resigned after their parties failed against the Progressive Conservatives.

It was another devastating election for the Liberal Party and Leader Steven Del Duca resigned last night after also failing to win a seat in his home riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath also resigned after her party won nine fewer seats than in 2018. It was her fourth election loss since becoming leader in 2009. She did, however, win her sits in the riding of Hamilton Centre.

Learn more about the 2022 Ontario election:

On the 100th day of the war, Ukrainians resist as Russia advances deep into the city’s east

A war that Western countries believe Russia planned to win in hours has been going on for more than three months, with Moscow, having been pushed back from the capital, launching a huge new assault in the east at the cost of thousands of lives and disruption for the global economy.

Russian forces attempted to cross a river from the ruined factory town of Sievierodonetsk, but Ukrainian troops were still holding out there.

Ukraine’s defense minister said his soldiers are already training in Europe to operate new advanced missile systems pledged this week by the United States and Britain, which he hopes will help tilt the battle in his favour.

Additionally, Russian soldiers advanced towards Lysychansk, across the river from Sievierodonetsk, but were held back and retreated, Ukraine’s military staff said.

Separately, two Reuters journalists were injured and a driver killed after their vehicle came under fire as they attempted to reach Sievierodonetsk from an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

Learn more about the war in Ukraine:

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ALSO ON OUR RADAR

Prior to January 6, an aide warned the Secret Service of the security risk to Pence: The day before a crowd of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff called Pence’s senior Secret Service agent in his West Wing office to tell him that the President was going to transform publicly. against the vice president, and there could be a security risk to Pence because of it.

Some restaurants are ditching tipping in favor of higher wages for their staff: The data shows that Canadians have been tipping more generously during the pandemic. But the practice of tipping is controversial – and some restaurateurs are opting out and instead paying their employees more.

As Hong Kong rages, the “burden of remembering” the Tiananmen Massacre shifts overseas: While many memorials are long standing memorials – in places like Toronto, London and San Francisco – they take on new importance now that there is no longer a centralized mass event on Chinese soil.

Elon Musk feels ‘very bad’ about the economy and has to cut 10% of Tesla jobs: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a ‘super bad feeling’ about the economy and needs to cut around 10% of jobs at the electric car maker, he said in an email to executives seen by Reuters. Tesla shares fell 9% in U.S. trading on Friday after the report.

Peter Navarro charged with contempt: Trump’s former White House official was charged with contempt on Friday after defying a subpoena from the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

MARKET WATCH

Canada’s main stock index fell on Friday, falling back from its highest level in nearly a month the day before, as strong U.S. jobs data bolstered expectations of aggressive interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX Composite Index ended down 241.08 points, or 1.2%, at 20,790.73, after posting its highest closing level since May 4 on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 348.58 points, or 1.05%, to 32,899.7, the S&P 500 lost 68.28 points, or 1.63%, to 4,108.54 and the Nasdaq Composite fell 304.16 points, or 2.47%, to 12,012.73.

The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.50 US cents against 79.38 US cents on Thursday.

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TALKING POINTS

Bill Morneau’s Complaints Speak for the Economic Pragmatists Justin Trudeau’s Politics Left Behind

“But it came with another underlying message: that there is so much point-and-corner partisan politics that there is little interest or room for practical work on economic issues. This will strike a chord with many. – Campbell Clark

Should Canada abandon the monarchy? Not while it’s still good for the country

“We are fortunate that the monarchy continues in Canada because of its great advantage for parliamentary democracies. » Peter H. Russell

The Timmies Trade: Selling Your Soul for an Iced Cappuccino

…As we discovered in this week’s breach disclosures, Tim Hortons didn’t have to poke an eye in a donut hole. All he had to do was ask us to sign up for his app and give our data. Elizabeth Renzetti

On guns, Canada once again deals with America’s problems

“As the United States slides further and further into violence and chaos, Canada’s domestic tendency to import our neighbors’ crises becomes increasingly ridiculous. – Stephane Marche

LIVE BETTER

In a perfect world, your wine would be well chilled before being served. But even in the best-case scenario, there’s little foresight about which bottle you might open or, if you’re away from home, the temperature control might not always be reliable. Christopher Waters of The Globe says it’s better to risk diluting wine than drinking a lukewarm glass. “An ice cube won’t spoil my Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling or Rosé. The expected aroma and flavor will still be there,” he wrote. Read his tips on the best ways to chill your wine.

TODAY’S LONG READ

Marvel star Iman Vellani’s journey from Markham, Ontario to Disney+ superstardom

Iman Vellani attends the ‘Ms. Marvel’ UK Special Screening at Everyman Borough Yards on May 26, 2022 in London, England.Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Iman Vellani, a 19-year-old Pakistani-Canadian, was hanging out with her classmates on the last day of high school in Markham, Ontario. when she got the call that she had landed the title role in the new Disney+ live-action series Ms. Marvel, which is set to begin streaming on June 8. For a self-proclaimed Marvel nerd, playing the role of super-powered Muslim American teenager Kamala Khan is about as exciting as it gets. Although Vellani is the perfect candidate to play the iconic teenage superhero, she almost didn’t send in an audition tape. Driven by her mother, who knew what a great Ms. Marvel fan that she was, she sent a photo and a CV. She recorded her audition tape on the evening of the scheduled date and two days later received a call to go to Los Angeles. The young actress reflects on what the role means to her and how it has helped her reconnect with her South Asian roots.

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