Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Ontario PC Party rally behind new leader

Conservative Convention 20170527 Andrew Scheer right defeated Maxime Bernier for the Conservative Party leadership by a wider margin in votes than points
Glenn Montgomery | 12 March, 2018, 10:47

She dismissed the idea the Liberals wanted Ford to win, concluding Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne would have an easier time in the provincial election.

Walker, who threw his support behind Elliott soon after she launched her third bid to become the party's leader, said he believes she has a right to seek answers regarding the outcome of the election.

Elliott previously said she won the popular vote and the majority of ridings, and said thousands of party members were assigned to incorrect ridings during the voting process.

Ford in a distinct populist campaign had reportedly been telling reporters that he made a decision to run for "the people".

"To the people of Ontario, I say relief is on its way". If a race is close, count the ballots again.

One of the four candidates seeking to replace Patrick Brown as leader of the Ontario PCs has requested a recount of the votes, sources tell CP24.

Ford, a one-term Toronto city councillor and businessman, is the brother of the late Rob Ford.

I have been fortunate to call her my friend over the last two decades, and with good reason.

"The billions in cuts they are promising and the divisive social conservative policies they are championing will hurt Ontario's economy and change our province for the worse".

Ford, Mulroney and Granic Allen pushed for the party to extend the race by a week to allow votes from those who received key documents late, but the leadership election organizing committee said doing so would contravene the party's constitution.

The victor was to be announced at a convention centre in Markham, Ont., shortly after 3 p.m. but an undisclosed issue was causing a delay.

"Yesterday, following the tabulation of ballots, a challenge regarding allocation of electoral votes was heard by the appeals board and the issue was extensively investigated by the chief electoral officer and the election team".

Lefton then asked party members to "please go home" and "await the results".

Romano said he believes Ford is committed to making Northern Ontario stronger and assisting with its growth. "They have to make it a team effort", he said.

Doug Ford is the new leader of Ontario's Conservatives.

More than 64,000 votes were cast in the hastily organized leadership race.

Saturday's delays also prompted criticism.

"I will get our party back on track", Ford said. "The clear balance is in favour of the [party]".

Now, the election promises to be something much more important than that: A referendum on whether Ontarians are prepared to embrace a style of government more visceral and unpredictable and resistant to political and institutional norms than any they have had before. "Unfortunately the thing blew apart today".

The Tories were plunged into turmoil when Brown stepped down in late January amid allegations of sexual misconduct, which he has consistently denied.

Brown tweeted his congratulations to Ford on his victory. "We know Ontarians are counting on us to come together so we can all finally turn the page on Kathleen Wynne". The victor was supposed to be announced at 3:15 in the afternoon.

Brown's abrupt departure uncovered issues with the party's structure, problems with its nomination processes, and discrepancies in its membership numbers, leading the Tories' interim leader to declare he would "root out the rot" before handing over the reins to a new leader. In total, 71,450 members were registered to vote.

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