Ford wins PC leadership

Frederick Owens
March 12, 2018

Ford defeated former MPP Christine Elliott by a slim, 153-vote margin.

Party executives have not responded to requests for comment on Ford's allegations but have previously said they were aware of concerns over delays in getting members the documents they need to vote.

"I think it's important that we take some calm, let the process finish, let the officials do their work and then we can name a victor", Capobianco said. I look forward to her being part of our team.

Brown tweeted his congratulations to Ford on his victory.

He also vowed to boost healthcare spending and end "hallway healthcare" in the province's hospitals.

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

"While there were challenges with our mail delivery, and some members were unable to participate fully in this election, the metrics are very strong: almost 70,000 members have verified their membership already, and well over 44,000 have already voted", the committee said.

The party will go ahead with its convention in Markham on Saturday where the victor will be chosen based on ranked ballots.

"I think the world of Christine".

As for the Leadership Election Organizing Committee, it says: "We have learned a lot through this process and will work to ensure that the challenges Party members faced in this Leadership Election will not occur again". "There's not even the latitude for error that a normal party might enjoy", she said.

She joined Ford in voicing opposition to any kind of carbon pricing.

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As of 8 a.m. Friday, he said, 71,402 party members had been verified and the party confirmed that 64,053 members had voted when balloting closed at noon Friday.

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"Congratulations to the Conservatives on electing their new leader, and to Doug Ford on a successful race".

A lawyer is asking a judge for an injunction to extend the voting process.

Rumours circulated throughout the afternoon on social media, but confirmed by party and Ford supporter sources that Ford had won the leadership, but that Elliott challenged the results and demanded a recount.

Hundreds of party members, who paid $50 each to attend, had waited for hours at a Markham convention centre to learn who their new leader was, only to be sent home after the vote was too close to call.

The digital votes were printed on paper and run through the machines. The candidates themselves were not allowed in the room.

The contest was launched in late January after former leader Patrick Brown resigned abruptly amid allegations of sexual misconduct that he has consistently denied.

At the start of Saturday's convention, two heavy hitters in the Canadian conservative movement urged Progressive Conservatives not to turn on one another.

"If you lose or if there's a couple of votes that are being questioned, you want to make sure that every vote is counted", he added.

He said that Alberta's current NDP majority government was only possible because conservatives in the province were divided.

She said this is the same party executive that created problems among a number of Tory nominations, including Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas that resulted in accusations of ballot stuffing.

Like numerous events that have followed Mr. "That's unheard of in the midst of a leadership campaign", Fedeli said.

The populist leader and brother of the late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford won on the third ballot in a four-way race. They are usually used to crown a new leader, build excitement and launch a campaign.

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