Ontario PC Party rally behind new leader

Ontario PC Party rally behind new leader

Christine Elliott met with Doug Ford on Sunday evening to congratulate him on his narrow win in the race to lead Ontario's Progressive Conservative party.

Ford won by a slim, 153 vote margin.

Elliott, who visited Sault Ste.

Now we have a power play that may just favour Christine Elliott in this provincial race.

In a statement on behalf of the PC party Sunday, Hartley Lefton, leadership organizing committee chairman, wrote "upon an exhaustive review of this list as requested by a campaign (Elliott's) and as permitted under the rules, the integrity of this list of electors was reconfirmed and there was no impact on the results".

Gina Brannan, representing the Progressive Conservative Party, told the judge the sudden January resignation of Brown, which came months before a spring election, had created an unprecedented situation that made the contracted leadership race necessary.

"I hope what he's going to be as a leader is a guy that comes in and acknowledges that there's a very strong team in caucus, there are a lot of really well-qualified candidates".

Jeffrey Radnoff said his client and others had not received a personal identification number, which party members need for verification purposes before they could vote.

"Congratulations to our new leader, Doug Ford", Mulroney tweeted. He and Nick Kouvalis, his partner in the firm Campaign Research, ran the late Rob Ford's successful 2010 Toronto mayoral campaign.

"We're running up against a brick wall in this party", he said.

Some are already disappointed with the new PC leader even before he starts his campaign.

But experts have said the Ford brothers - despite support from the so-called "Ford Nation" - accomplished far less than they claimed and achieved only nominal savings in their years in office, which also marked a chaotic period in the city's government. "It's going to be incentive, incentive, incentive and reduced taxes across the board". He appealed to social conservatives by pledging to review the school sex education curriculum and complained that teenage girls wanting abortions don't have to get written permission from their parents.

"When he was in Sault Ste". "He was not the typical establishment (politician) and wanted to show he was not that typical establishment".

Survey participants most likely to approve of Ford's leadership included males; those between 35 and 54 years of age; Toronto residents; and PC supporters, the Forum Poll reported. "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".

Campaign scrutineers and their lawyers remained behind closed doors for hours trying to sort out problems behind the scene, leaving party members in the Markham, Ont., convention hall waiting and in the dark. An attempt to make it reasonable and extend the voting deadline by one week to enable all party members to vote was dismissed in an Ontario Court Friday afternoon.

Some 71,402 party members out of 190,000 in total were verified to vote in the race as of last night, CBC provincial affairs reporter Mike Crawley reported from court. The previous record was 44,188 ballots cast in 2002.

"Now, the hard work begins".

"It was a very hard decision for me, but I believe we need someone who can work with Conservatives of every kind", said Bouma, the party's candidate in Brantford-Brant for the June 7 provincial election.



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