To say last night's Ontario election was a rollercoaster would be an understatement. There were massive changes made to the provincial governing powers and massive losses to the Liberal party.
Not only did Doug Ford win the vote as Ontario Premier, the Conservatives's gained a majority government by winning 76 seats total. The Liberals faced a loss of 50 seats overall - which was obviously a very disappointing outcome for leader Kathleen Wynne.
Which, she touched on in her concession and resignation speech last night with the statement, ‘We’re still standing’.
There's no denying that many knew Kathleen wouldn't be taking home a win when she was dubbed the unlikable leader out of the 3 candidates. However, it was with her admission of defeat days before the election that nailed the sweeping loss for the Liberal party.
Nevertheless, both comrades and opponents in government have taken to social media to thank her for her years of service as the Ontario Premier and for all she's done for the province.
On behalf of the City of Markham, I would like to thank @Kathleen_Wynne for her commitment and years of public service. As Ontario's 25th Premier, she has made significant infrastructure investments, we applaud her plan to build Ontario up. #onelxn #OntarioVotes #ElectionDay— Mayor Frank Scarpitti (@frankscarpitti) June 8, 2018
Politics is tough + not always fair.— Kristyn Wong-Tam (@kristynwongtam) June 2, 2018
Kathleen Wynne’s distinguished career of public service inevitably came with great personal and family sacrifice. I believe that history will be gentler on her legacy than the 2018 Ontario voters. Thank you Premier for your service. #ONpoli https://t.co/ByKrw8yuj1
Here is my statement on Kathleen Wynne’s announcement. I wouldn’t be running today if it wasn’t for her &what she’s built in this province. Thank you @Kathleen_Wynne for all you have done for Ontario. I will continue fighting for our Liberal values and the people of Essex.— Kate Festeryga (@VoteKateEssex) June 2, 2018
Congratulations to @fordnation & my many #pcpo friends in #onpoli on their great victory tonight. Too many to tag. I look forward to seeing you deliver positive change. Thank you @Kathleen_Wynne for your public service. #cdnpoli— Garnett Genuis (@GarnettGenuis) June 8, 2018
Yet one key person has yet to say anything publically for his fellow Liberal leader.
Justin Trudeau, while understandably very occupied with the international G7 summit happening in Quebec this week, has not yet made a public statement about Kathleen or her long campaign, which is pretty out of character for him.
While it might just be an oversight on his part, he did take the time to tweet out a congratulations to Doug Ford on his win. In the statement buried at the very bottom was a small one-liner saying, “I also thank Kathleen Wynne for her years of service as Premier.” And he failed to tag her in the Twitter message he sent out to the masses.
Ontarians have voted for change - tonight I spoke with @fordnation to congratulate him on his election as Premier-designate. Looking forward to working together to create jobs & opportunity. https://t.co/UmzfthEy6H— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 8, 2018
Maybe our Prime Minister is just extremely busy, maybe he is trying to stay impartial or maybe behind closed doors, there's drama brewing on the massive loss the Liberals were handed in Ontario under Kathleen Wynne's leadership.