OMSSA Post-Election Report | June 8, 2018
Provincial Election Report
The Ontario PC Party has won a majority government with Doug Ford as Premier.

The PCs won 76 seats, the NDP won 40 seats, the Liberals won 7 seats, and the Greens picked up 1 seat in Guelph. Click here for an interactive map of the election results by riding , or click the image below to view a larger version.
Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP will form the official opposition at Queen’s Park. With 7 seats, the Ontario Liberal Party will not hold on to official party status, but Kathleen Wynne held her own seat in Don Valley West. The Green Party elected their first MPP to the Ontario Legislature with Mike Schreiner’s win in Guelph. Voter turnout increased to 58% in this election.

Geographically, the Ontario PC Party did well across the province and will have representation in cabinet from Toronto, the 905, southwestern Ontario, eastern Ontario and northern Ontario. 
Potential PC Cabinet
Below is a list of potential cabinet ministers who might emerge from the newly elected Ontario PC Party caucus.

It is expected that Premier Ford may move to reduce the size of cabinet, by potentially combining ministries. The current size of cabinet is 28 ministers, and it is possible that cabinet will be reduced to 20 ministers plus the Premier. 

* = most likely to play a senior role in cabinet
  • *Doug Ford, Etobicoke North
  • *Christine Elliott, Newmarket-Aurora
  • *Rod Phillips, Ajax
  • *Peter Bethlenfalvy, Pickering–Uxbridge
  • *Greg Rickford, Kenora-Rainy River
  • *Caroline Mulroney, York-Simcoe
  • *Lisa McLeod, Nepean
  • *Vic Fedeli, Nipissing
  • *Monte McNaughten, Middlesex
  • *Donna Skelly, Flamborough-Glanbrook
  • Todd Smith, Bay of Quinte
  • Jane MCKenna, Burlington
  • Sylvia Jones, Dufferin-Caledon
  • Toby Barrett, Haldimand-Norfolk
  • Laurie Scott, Haliburton-Kawartha-Lakes-Brock
  • Mike Harris, Kitchener-Conestoga
  • Randy Hillier, Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston
  • Steve Clark, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
  • Paul Calandra, Markham-Stouffville
  • Parm Gill, Milton
  • Norm Miller, Parry Sound-Muskoka
  • John Yakabuski, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke
  • Daisy Wai, Richmond Hill
  • Raymond Cho, Scarborough North
  • Jill Dunlop, Simcoe North
  • Jim Wilson, Simcoe Grey
  • Gila Martow, Thornhill
  • Ted Arnott, Wellington-Halton Hills
  • Lorne Coe, Whitby
Human Services Issues
Income Security
On Income Security Reform recommendations, Ontario Works, ODSP and social assistance, the PC Party platform has been silent. PCs promised a tax cut for those making minimum wage.
Child Care
The Ontario PC Party has spoken against the Liberal and NDP plans for “government daycare” and their platform calls for a tax credit up to 75% based on a sliding scale for income. 

They have not mentioned any promises to create additional spaces or continue with the 100,000 licensed child care spaces promised by the previous government.
Social Housing
On social housing, the Ontario PC Party has been silent.

There has been no mention of the National Housing Strategy or funds to repair or build new units.

They have spoken about creating affordable housing, but have mostly focused on the private real estate market.
Health
The PC Party promised to increase spending to reduce hospital wait times, invest in mental health supports and cover some dental costs for seniors.
Given the absence of further detail in the PC Party's platform, the incoming government's direction in terms of human services is largely unclear. This uncertainty can represent both a risk and an opportunity.

What is clear is that the PCs intend to reduce the budget of each Ministry by 6% and find efficiencies in government to balance the budget. OMSSA members must be prepared to advocate for the services, role and funding that service managers deem most important.

OMSSA will get to an early start building relationships with the new government and to position the value of service system management with a strong voice. 
Thank you very much for taking the time to read the Post-Election Report. 

Personal regards,
 
Darryl Wolk
Manager, Policy Development & Public Affairs