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Doug Ford meets with rival Christine Elliott after Ont Tory leadership race

12 March 2018
Doug Ford meets with rival Christine Elliott after Ont Tory leadership race

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.

"At some point you have to draw a line in sand", she said.

However, when it comes to defeating Kathleen Wynne, Conservatives feel Elliott is the better candidate for the job with 43.4 per cent saying Elliott, compared to 35.5 per cent who believe Ford could do it.

"It's ridiculous", Ford told CBC Toronto at a campaign event Thursday.

"That is less than half of the membership", Radnoff said.

Her team claims thousands of PC members were assigned to incorrect ridings and in one instance, the Hamilton riding of Mount Hope was assigned to a riding located hundreds of kilometres away.

"To the people of Ontario, I say relief is on the way", he said.

The pugnacious 53-year-old built that brand between 2010 and 2014 while working alongside his notorious late brother Rob, whose scandal-plagued mayoralty of Toronto made him a household name across Canada.

"I'm disgusted and embarrassed for our party", he said.

"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".

In a final vote count-known by 3 p.m. yesterday-but kept under wraps until late into evening hours-Ford was finally declared the victor.

"However, other party members, including PC MPP Todd Smith, supported the decision of the leadership election officials to delay the announcement".

The party sided with Ford, saying his win was definitive.

"We have to make sure we have incentives rather than tax, tax, tax, spend, spend, spend", he said of fostering business investment in the province during his visit to the Sault.

He noted that the voting period had already been extended once, and the verification period had its deadline pushed back three times.

Cristine de Clercy, an associate professor of political science at Western University, said the party's handling of the delays Saturday was "a dismal failure".

"To the people of Ontario I say, 'relief is on its way'". "The clear balance is in favour of the (PC Party)".

Background: The current leadership race began when Patrick Brown the Simcoe North MPP resigned in January following allegations of sexual misconduct from two women.

Brown tweeted his congratulations to Ford on his victory.

"Today, we leave this convention united with one common goal, finally firing Kathleen Wynne", she said.

"With a strong majority of Caroline Mulroney's second choice voters also expected to go to her, we believe that Christine Elliott is a slight favourite when the results are announced on Saturday".

On Sunday the party's executive committee passed a unanimous motion to accept the results of the leadership race.

"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.