Ontario PC announcement coming after hours of delays; Ford family claims victory

Randolph Lopez
March 14, 2018

Elliott, in a statement issued early Sunday morning, refused to concede defeat, saying her team was made aware of "serious irregularities" in the voting process.

The announcement comes after a delay that lasted more than seven hours as party officials reviewed the results of the vote. "Certainly I expected us to have a result while we were at the convention (late Saturday afternoon, as originally expected)", Romano said Sunday.

"I think Doug Ford brings a bit of uncertainty at the moment into the campaign".

Before releasing this statement, Elliott met with Ford and thus put an end to the rumors that she will continue to question his victory in the party elections, which was announced on Saturday, March 10.

As Doug Ford steps in as the new leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party, local MPP John Yakabuski offered remarks on the race results and the PC's hopes for the future.

Ford told The Toronto Sun at the time that he didn't have "any respect for Kathleen Wynne because she's an unelected premier".

"This was pretty much the most mishandled party executive communication exercise I've ever witnessed on television", she said.

"I believe that we're going to do extremely well in areas that we've never won before, be it Windsor or up in the north by Thunder Bay". "It is always about who we're fighting for and what we are fighting for".

"Congratulations to our new leader, Doug Ford", wrote Mulroney.

Elliott said she had won the popular vote and the majority of ridings, and noted that very few electoral points separated her and Ford in the final count.

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Fifty-three year old Ford is the brother of late Rob Ford, the former mayor of Toronto who gained global notoriety for admitting to smoking crack cocaine while in office.

An Angus Reid Institute survey released Thursday found that while Ford is popular with the party base, almost half of voters who would consider voting PC would be less likely to do so with him as leader.

Former Kingston mayor Gary Bennett is running to unseat incumbent Liberal Sophie Kiwala in Kingston and the Islands, and he said the new leader's first task should be building a campaign platform and uniting the party behind it. She insisted on a lengthy recount that kept the party faithful waiting in suspense - and silence from the party executive - for hours, until they finally heard Doug Ford's name announced as the official victor. "I can assure the 125,000 people that weren't able to vote - we'll never do that again".

"I appreciate her (Elliott) thoughts".

"Now, the hard work begins".

If elected premiere of Ontario later this year Ford could also play a part in the next federal election.

"I just look forward to getting in here and moving forward", Ford said.

When it comes to hot-button social conservative issues like abortion and sexual education in schools, some Ontario Progressive Conservative party members and Conservative strategists are advising their newly-minted leader to tread carefully. "Kathleen Wynne practices politics instead of policy".

Toronto businesswoman Caroline Mulroney and sex-ed opponent Tanya Granic Allen were also vying for the leader's job.

Wynne's comments were echoed by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who spoke to CP24 in a phone interview. "The membership has spoken and the person they best think to lead the party has been selected and it's great to see that Christine has recognized the leader as well".

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