Doug Ford wins Ontario PC leadership after chaotic party race
Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives are test-driving a Ford less than three months before an election.
In a stunning upset Saturday following a heated ballot dispute, Doug Ford — brother of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford — was chosen to lead the beleaguered party into the June 7 campaign.
The one-term Toronto city councillor and 2014 runner-up to Mayor John Tory bested favourite Christine Elliott, a lawyer and former MPP making her third attempt at the party leadership.
“Tonight we took the first step in defeating Kathleen Wynne,” Ford told media and supporters at 10:15 p.m., flanked by his family.
He acknowledged “many of the party members feel like they’ve been let down with this process,” and added: “We have a lot to do in a very short amount of time.”
But Ford promised, “I will get our party back on track. We will put a platform forward that will speak to every Ontarian.”
He praised leadership rival Caroline Mulroney and gave a special shout-out to competitor Tanya Granic Allen, whom he called “amazing.” Ford also had praise for Elliott, but said she had not conceded victory.
An emailed statement from Elliott’s campaign early Sunday pointed to “serious irregularities” in the leadership contest. It stated that Elliott had won both the popular vote and the majority of ridings, and that fewer than 150 points separated her from Ford in the final calculation. – Toronto Star
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If you love Donald Trump, you are going to really love Doug Ford.
Update: CBC coverage added below.