The winning party fended off all opponents in Thursday's provincial election, heading to power for a probable four-year term. This marks the second time in the last 15 years this party has won an election. The voters sent a clear message: "We want this party to run this province." And in the aftermath of the shortest provincial campaign on record, it's clear to all who the winners and losers are. Many key ridings were won, although a few were lost. We won't bore you with specifics here; you probably heard about them through other media outlets by now. After all, it's Friday! The two parties that didn't do as well in this election still had lots to say on election night. The spin-meisters from both parties were confiding to reporters that this was really a victory for their party, if you look at it from the right point of view. As usual, journalists had a field day with this election. Pundits began wondering if the winning party's television advertisements, which attacked the other parties, had any effect on the outcome of the election. It's clear now, that although the other parties had confrontational ads as well, they just weren't as effective. And there were other parties in the running as well. Although the Green, Communist, Family Law or Natural Law party won't be running the province any time soon, they accomplished what they wanted in this election: getting a few votes. Here in Kitchener, the campaign posters and signs will be coming down this week. They've served their purpose: we now have chosen our local MPP. Who knows? We may see our MPP become a cabinet minister, although it's too soon to tell. The premier will most likely announce the cabinet positions in the upcoming weeks. And now that the provincial election is behind us, we can expect to see the winning party begin to implement its platform and policies in the next few months. You can pretty much guess what the government will be doing in the areas of health care, education and taxes. They've spent the last four weeks drilling their policies into us! This is the government that will lead us into the next millenium. Will Ontario be better off? We shall see if the voters chose right. As the winning leader said during the campaign, he was in this to win, and by golly, he did.