Doug Ford named new Ontario Progressive Conservative party leader

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MARKHAM, Ont. — Doug Ford is the new leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives.

The announcement comes after a delay that lasted more than seven hours as party officials reviewed the results of the vote.

Ford becomes the leader of Ontario’s official opposition and will lead the charge to unseat Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne in an election that’s just three months away.

He defeated opponents Christine Elliott, Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney and social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen to secure the leadership.e

Ford replaces Patrick Brown as leader after he abruptly resigned in late January amid sexual misconduct allegations, which that he vehemently denies.

More to come.

The Canadian Press

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  1. “There is definitely populism happening in Canada, as it is in all other advanced western societies,” says Frank Graves, a pollster and president of EKOS Research. “This is a product of a period of economic stagnation for many and disappointment with the elite prescription that was supposed to make everything better, but has left an awful lot of the population feeling very very poor about their economic future. We see that very much in the conservative constituency in Ontario right now.”
    Ergo, folks, many people are sick and tired of the wynne’s and trudeau’s, who want to govern us like a “granny state”, pandering to the special interest groups, insinuating that they “walk on water”, and only these 2 buffoons really know what’s good for us. Well, Ontarians may have sent these 2 a clear message; we’re tired of these 2 and Ford may be the messenger, or maybe the “Messiah” they have chosen. Time will tell. June 7 can’t come fast enough for many of us, especially those who pay the bulk of the taxes this wynne gov’t is dumping on us, our children and our grandchildren. God help us all if she wins !!!!!!!

  2. Not my first choice, but better than Brown. If you ignore the personality, he and his brother were decent fiscal conservatives in a city run by lefties.

    As someone else said, before crying foul, wait and see. His platform can’t be any worse than the “People’s Guarantee.”

  3. Don’t judge the man you do not know.
    Both brothers Ford in full power in the City of Toronto never hide from the public. Any of us regular guys could call them in their personal phone line and within two hours you got Rob or Doug back to you.
    They never denied help to no one, no matter where the persona was from, how he spoke or what god they believed in.
    I don’t say go and vote for the man, just listen what he has to say and talk to him, share a moment with him, go visit him in Etobicoke in his own house, join the BBQ’s and you’ll probably find many famous politicians sharing a good moment.
    Talk to his mom and meet his family, then you judge the man, but based in what you have seen and what you know.
    Don’t judge him based in the gossip of other interested parties.
    Brace yourself, cause Carbon Tax is gone and the Government of Ontario will govern for the people.
    Government will deliver Health and Education as it should be.

  4. This province is doomed. Plain and simple. Voting turn out is going to hit rock bottom. Apathy is going to hit an all time high. We can’t possibly become genuinely engaged with all of these clowns. It is disgraceful.

  5. Looks like we are following in the States footsteps…Guess I’m going NDP now, wouldn’t vote for this clown if life depended on it..Sadly, I don’t care for the NDP candidate here in the Soo altho I like the leader..Decisions, decisions……..

  6. Yes….True PC’s better get their act together… Ontarian’s are set to fire Wynne… But if there is no focus on message and direction we may just all find ourselves right where we are. Doug Ford has been elected leader, but the leader is only at the front…a good leader recognizes that they can only be as good as the team that is behind them.

    • David, Ford has a Team organizing campaigns since the 80’s.
      It’s a very well greased machine.
      There are many politicians supporting him.
      You know that Christine Elliot was the biggest farce after Patrick Brown.
      You know who’s gonna be AG… Mulroney.
      Will be a position for each one, the position they deserve. Just wait.

      • Fireball, you sound like a staunch, paid for spokesman for the ford family…ALL politicians are in it for their own good, not ours, so grease up, bend over and get ready for it ’cause it’s coming… Only difference is gender….LOLOL..

  7. A timeline of the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race:

    Jan. 24: Patrick Brown, then the leader of the party, calls a last-minute press conference to deny a pending news report about sexual misconduct allegations. He decries them as “categorically untrue.” Minutes later, CTV News airs a story in which two unnamed women make allegations of sexual misconduct against Brown dating back to his time as a federal member of parliament. The allegations have not been independently verified by the Canadian Press.

    Jan. 25: Brown issues a statement in the early morning saying he will step down as party leader to focus on clearing his name.

    Jan. 26: The PC caucus names Tory legislator Vic Fedeli as interim leader. Fedeli vows to root out the “rot” from within the party. The caucus further recommends that Fedeli carry the party through to the province’s spring election, but the party executive announces a leadership contest will be held instead, with a winner to be announced March 10.

    Jan. 29: Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, brother of the notorious late mayor Rob Ford, becomes the first person to declare his candidacy for the party leadership. He says he plans to wrest control of the party from elites and give a voice to the grassroots members.

    Feb. 1: Former Ontario legislator Christine Elliott announces her bid to contend for the party leadership. Elliott came second to Brown during the last contest to select a new leader in 2015. Elliott is the widow of late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty.

    Feb. 5: Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, ends days of speculation by announcing her candidacy for party leader.

    Feb. 8: Social conservative and parental rights activist Tanya Granic Allen announces plans to join the leadership race.

    Feb. 11: Brown publishes the first of several Facebook posts in which he vows to clear his name and questions the credibility of the women who brought allegations against him. He openly challenges the veracity of CTV’s reporting on its original story and points out discrepancies in the women’s accounts that he says prove their accusations are false.

    Feb. 15: The leadership candidates meet for the first of two televised debates. During the conversation all four voice opposition to the Liberals’ increase to the minimum wage and reject a proposed carbon tax that would have been the cornerstone of Brown’s election platform had he remained as party leader.

    Feb. 16: Brown joins the leadership race with less than an hour to go before a registration deadline. He says his name has been cleared and he wants to focus on getting Ontario back on track. Earlier that day, Fedeli announced Brown had been kicked out of Tory caucus.

    Feb. 21: Brown’s quest to regain the Tory leadership is given the green light after the party nomination committee gives him a stamp of approval for a run in the spring election. The committee also approves Brown’s competitors in the contest, save for Mulroney who had previously been vetted when she secured a riding nomination in late 2016.

    Feb. 26: Brown withdraws from the Tory leadership race, saying it has been difficult on his family, and his candidacy has distracted from the policy discussion needed for the party as it heads toward the spring election. His announcement comes hours after Ontario’s integrity commissioner says he has launched an investigation into a complaint filed by Tory legislator Randy Hillier into alleged misconduct by Brown.

    Feb. 28: The party extends the deadline for members to register to cast a vote amid rising complaints that the necessary documents were not reaching people on time. The original registration deadline, set for March 2, is pushed back to March 5. Later that night, the candidates meet in Ottawa for the second and final televised leadership debate of the contest.

    March 3: The party issues a further extension to the voter registration deadline, moving it to March 7, and also extends the deadline for casting an actual ballot to noon on March 9.

    March 6: Ford, who had been raising questions about abortion access in the province, clarifies his position by saying that while he himself is pro-life, he believes the abortion matter is resolved. He pledges, however, never to muzzle members of the caucus if elected and allow them to vote with their conscience.

    March 7: The party extends the voter registration deadline for a third time, setting it at 8 p.m. on March 8. Originally, voting was supposed to close on that day.

    March 8: Ongoing challenges with mailing registration papers to party members leads to significant backlash on several fronts. Ford, alleging that party insiders are only getting the registration materials out to select members, says the election process was “not transparent.” He, Mulroney and Granic Allen all call for the Leadership Election Organizing Committee to push back the date of the vote. Committee Chair Hartley Lefton defends the process, saying it was passed by senior leadership in accordance with the party constitution. Later that day, lawyer Jeffrey Radnoff, representing a disenfranchised party member, files an injunction application in Superior Court in a bid to extend the race.

    March 9: A Toronto judge hears arguments on the request to extend the voting period, but ultimately rejects the application, meaning the leadership race will go on as scheduled.

    March 10: After hours of delays, party officials announce they are reviewing the results of the election. Lefton tells a raucus crowd that the “allocation of a certain list of electors” needed to be resolved, as it could affect the final result.

    The Canadian Press

    • Don’t be stupid, voting anything else but pc is voting liberal. If you think for a second that any of the other 3 were any better then wynne, then voting isn’t your issue 🤔

    • Josh Gauthier I was being sarcastic in my comment. Personally, ALL politicians are crooks and will do/say what they need to get in and once in do/say whatever they feel like doing/saying, etc. So, who knows who win and let’s leave it at that.

    • Lisa Willis it was sarcasm because I was just fed up when I found out and I usually start with a sarcastic remark on my comments. But I do agree with you, it’s not going to happen for them.

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