WATCH: ''A bad night'' for Ontario Liberals

PCs take Thornhill byelection, NDP wins Niagara Falls

By Kathleen Wynne's own admission, Thursday ''was a bad night'' for Ontario Liberals.

The party couldn't capture either riding up for grabs in two byelections.

The Liberals gave up the riding of Niagara Falls, left vacant by MPP Kim Craitor who resigned in the fall, to the New Democrats. Gila Martow replaced fellow Progressive Conservative Peter Shurman in Thornhill.

Speaking in Thornhill after the polls closed, the Premier said that while the byelection results aren't indicative of what will play out in a general election, people do want change.

Wynne maintains she represents that change.

Down the road from Liberal headquarters in Thornhill, PC leader Tim Hudak was also rallying his troops.  He believes voters want a party with a plan, like the PCs. He says his party pulled in the most votes in the two byelections.

In Niagara Falls, the New Democrats embarrassed the Liberals, recording more than double the ballots cast for the governing party.  Local union boss and Niagara Falls City Councillor beat out former PC MPP by less than a thousand votes.

Still, NDP leader Andrea Horwath declared that voters had "soundly rejected the same old politics and same old parties."

Horwath wouldn't say whether the strong showing in Niagara Falls had emboldened her to help bring down the minority government, triggering a province-wide vote sooner rather than later.

"We take our cues from the people of Ontario", she told reporters, "and that's what we're gonna be doing over the next weeks to come as we approach the spring session."

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  1. Mike from the hinterland posted on 02/14/2014 05:34 AM
    Good waste of taxpayers money! something that Liberals specialize in and the other two parties support! If we are going to have an election this spring, what a waste of money!
    1. donny p. posted on 02/14/2014 07:44 AM
      @Mike from the hinterland Ummm...because we're a democracy and you can't leave the people without representation for extended's the law, a good one at that.
  2. Moses posted on 02/14/2014 09:37 AM
    let's be honest as Peter Sherman said last night on 1010 the former MP of Thornhill. the conservatives won there because of the Jewish vote and he's Jewish the new MP is Jewish. Harper is in bed with Israel and they like that. has nothing to do with Hudak and his repressive policies.
    Hudak is toast in a general election
    1. john posted on 02/14/2014 10:45 AM
      @Moses dont count on it mate by the looks of it is going to be a NPD and con goverment . the librals lost the riding after all . lol .
  3. kenfromcanada posted on 02/14/2014 10:20 AM

    Do you think 'moses' - new name here - shares an IP address with donny (the putz)?

    1. abdulah posted on 02/14/2014 10:27 AM
      @kenfromcanada i don't think so! do you share the same with Mark7?
    2. kenfromcanada posted on 02/14/2014 10:46 AM
      @abdulah And another donny (the putz) puppet.

    3. Mark7 posted on 02/14/2014 02:32 PM
      @abdulah Donny p under another new alias. hahaah Its the first time an abdulah has posted here that I have seen. Little donny, it must break your heart that you are not acknowledged as a decent human being and being ignored. Deal with it.
    4. Mark7 posted on 02/14/2014 02:35 PM
      @kenfromcanada Hahaha Ken. Don't be too hard on little doofus. He is precariously close to eating a bullet from his own hand. He is narcissistic and depressed.
    5. Karl Burgin posted on 02/14/2014 03:21 PM
      @kenfromcanada Could
      Wouldn't put it past him
  4. form the anti libral war centor posted on 02/14/2014 10:35 AM
    our troops are in place and ready to execute operation kick the liberals out of office . all we need is a election that will give us the signal to move in and take our province back . as well as the start of getting our country back as well .
  5. Jack posted on 02/14/2014 01:22 PM
    Excellent! A solid defeat to the Liberals, and let's hope there are more to come, and soon! It's a shame, though, that Niagara Falls wasn't bright enough to realize that the NDP is nothing but all of the most negative Liberal qualities, cranked up to eleven.

    Side note for everyone else in the comments section: Would it kill any of you to check your spelling before clicking submit?
    1. Todd posted on 02/14/2014 01:29 PM
      @Jack Make no mistake, the Liberals are going to get wiped and I'm going to enjoy every minute of it. On another related topic: It's loud and clear that we don't need John Tory in municipal affairs but at the province level. He would get a majority to shut up the NDP and keep the Liberal floundering and reflect on all the criminal acts they put on the tax payers of this province.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 02/14/2014 03:25 PM
      @Todd VERY WELL SAID here....Agree with every word.
      If there was ever a chance of Tory winning in politics- this would be it.
      Take over the leadership from Tim Hudak. That would take care of the likability/trust factor that seems to be the 'achilles heel' of the PCs.

      And let us focus on getting Wynne and her yahoos out.
  6. Frankie posted on 02/14/2014 02:25 PM
    The fact ANYONE voted Liberal in those ridings shows how stupid our Liberal voters are, even outdoing our stupid elected Liberals.

    We have possibly the most incompetent government in Ontario history yet idiots still vote for them.

    I really wonder how bad things will get in Ontario before these Liberal morons realize they're helping to destroy this once great province.
    1. Stug posted on 02/14/2014 04:21 PM
      @Frankie do you think they're the same idiots who put Ford in office and now this city is an embarrassment around the world.
    2. Jack posted on 02/14/2014 04:29 PM
      @Stug The mental gymnastics you people perform to wedge Mayor Ford into any conversation, no matter how irrelevant, are astounding. Do you have to train to be able to do that, or does it come naturally?
    3. Frankie posted on 02/14/2014 05:46 PM
      @Stug That answer should be obvious to anyone but those who are ignorant of the world around them. Since you asked however, did Ford -

      1. Tell the OPP to stand down while a citizen was almost beaten to death by a native?
      2. Waste billions of our tax dollars on a green energy strategy that even the Europeans have scaled back as it's a bad strategy
      3. Double the debt
      4. Increase our deficit to more than double Canada's deficit
      5. "Steal" $ 1 Billion to save 3 seats
      6. Waste $ 1 Billion on eHealth
      7. Waste hundreds of millions on Ornge
      8. Generally destroy this province's fiscal situation

      Now that is REAL embarrassment and hurts everyone's pocket book, unlike Ford who embarrassed himself.

      Which of the above is Ford responsible for? We're all waiting for your answer.
    4. Jack posted on 02/14/2014 06:13 PM
      @Frankie How much do you want to bet he mentions Ford's weight in his answer, if he even answers at all?
    5. Karl Burgin posted on 02/14/2014 11:04 PM
      @Jack He is in the same boat as Adam Vaughn who suffer the same symptoms.
      No matter the topic, Rob Ford's name is never too far away from the the tip of their tongue.
      It does make you wonder, if they count 'fords' instead of sheep before they go to bed.
      You gotta admire the creativity though.
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